Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Strangest Story in the History of the World?: The Frozen Woman

(This is another amazing and supposedly essentially true story drafted by me for translation into foreign languages.)

The story of a young woman who was a passenger on the Titanic may be the strangest story in the history of the world.

The Titanic, of course, was the supposedly-unsinkable English ship which sank one night in the cold North Atlantic Ocean on her first trip, in 1912, after it hit an iceberg.

As the Titanic sank beneath the waves, the woman probably held onto a small piece of floating wood, until she froze. Her body floated toward the North Pole, and became a part of the ice around the North Pole.

About 76 years later, in 1988, the piece of ice holding the woman’s body broke away from the ice around the North Pole, and began floating south.

About 600 miles south of the country of Iceland, a Russian spy ship floated silently, with microphones in the water, listening for passing American submarines. One of the Russian spies, looking through his binoculars, saw an iceberg floating in the distance, and a dark speck on the iceberg. As the spy ship floated closer to the iceberg, the ship’s crew realized that the dark speck was a frozen human body.

The captain of the Russian spy ship sent out some men on a small motorboat. They climbed-up the wall of the iceberg, chiseled the young woman’s body out of the ice, and brought it back to the spy ship where it was kept frozen.

Back in Russia, the woman’s body was slowly and carefully thawed. A ticket for the Titanic was found in her pockets, in addition to some money from that era.

The scientists carefully warming-up her body may have accidentally brought the woman back to life for a few moments. Her eyes suddenly opened, causing the shocked scientists to explode away from the table where she lay. But she afterwards very quickly died as scientists tried to save her.

According to reports leaking-out of Russia in 1990, Russian scientists removed the egg cells from her ovaries and were trying to clone children from them!

So, what began as an ocean voyage for a 30 year old woman in 1912 led to being frozen in the cold northern seas and then becoming part of an iceberg, and then being pulled out of the sea 88 years later, and then being brought back to life for a short time in a Russian lab, and then -- who knows? -- having children “born” to her in another Russian lab when she was well over 100 years old!

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