So, I was talking to my mom the other day, and she mentioned some things about one of my great-great aunts (who is long passed) that I thought were really... almost astounding - at least the first one!
She was born on a farm sometime in the 1800's, which isn't entirely incredible in itself (but interesting!), but she was born very early and only weighed a pound or two! I was astonished that she survived, it being the 1800's, and my mom told me how - My aunt's grandmother, who had assisted with the birth, wrapped my aunt up snugly and put her in the OVEN. :eek: It was on very low, the lowest it could go, and she just kept her in there, taking her out to feed her tiny amounts of milk and change her. It was her own little incubator, I guess. And it worked!
My mom told me when my aunt was older, she would always take a tablespoon of kerosene every day (ew!) and she swore that's what helped her live into her 90's (!). I can't imagine it helped, and can't help but think she would have lived longer without it lol But what an interesting story. Thought I'd share!