Wiki Wormhole: Masabumi Hosono survived the Titanic, but not the public’s scorn

With more than 5.4 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or researching which firework is least likely to blow your fingers off. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,430,164-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Masabumi Hosono

What it’s about: Reader Omri Rosen suggested this week’s entry, about the only Japanese passenger on the Titanic. He survived, but while American survivors like last week’s entry Margaret “Molly” Brown were hailed as heroes, Hosono was publicly scorned for not going down with the ship.

Strangest fact: Hosono was traveling from Russia to its direct eastern neighbor, Japan, by going west. Hosono was a civil servant working for his home country’s Ministry Of Transportation who had traveled to Russia to research that country’s railroads. His work completed …

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