It's the oldest law of the Sea. The captain should be the last to leave his sinking ship. That's why everyone is outraged over Francesco Schettino's decision to escape the Costa Concordia after it hit a rock last week off the coast of Tuscany. Unfortunately, dozens of people died during the tragedy. We've all seen the endless footage on CNN.
There's nothing funnier than when someone panics during a crisis and breaks every social norm available to save themselves. It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode, where George knocks over children and old ladies in walkers to escape a tiny kitchen fire.
The following clip is a TruTv classic. The captain of the sinking Greek ship (the Oceanos) and his small crew abandon ship. They even took the time to place their luggage on small escape boats, thus taking up more space for potential survivors. The four hundred mostly elderly passengers were airlifted to safety, after the ship's entertainment crew (a guitarist and a magician) saved their lives. "Mayday!" "What rank are you?" "I'm a guitarist."
If you've never seen it before, it's pretty funny...
I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door...