I just participated in a study for pain
And they put my hand in ice water. I nearly yanked it back out right there. My hand got stiff the first thirty seconds. I lost feeling in it a little before the minute mark. I kept it there, wincing, laughing, my face hot as my hand froze.
Of course, me being me, I thought about the Titanic. I wondered how I could handle this all over my body.
At the end I asked for the temperature. It was 2 degrees Celsius which converts to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit. I looked up the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean- it’s an average of 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Not only was it colder than the numbing, stiffening pain my hand experienced for 2 minutes, but those people had their entire bodies in that water FOR HOURS.
Frankly, the Titanic will have even more significance to me than it already does.