Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sleeping Beauty...

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Amazing Preservations
It never ceases to amaze me that as the world becomes more and more interconnected, there are still things being made, and discovered, and things from our past that still baffle scientists even today. I don’t think I’m a geek, but I must admit The Discovery Channel, and documentaries of the pyramids, mummies, catacombs, and just History in general peak my interest. While watching a show about the catacombs just the other day I was shocked and amazed to see the body of a little girl who died in the 1920 looked as if she were sleeping and taking a nap. She was entombed in a glass box, and had the appearance of a doll. She had been given the nick name “Sleeping Beauty”. She was 2 years old when she died and her father who was so distraught over her death, approached a famed embalmer who used his secret formula to preserve her body which was later discovered to be formalin, alcohol, glycerin, zinc salts, and salicylic acid but the actual quantities are still unknown. His method was so effective that her body appears today with little signs of decomposition. Rosalia Lombardo rests in the catacombs of Palermo Italy.

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