• Short Summary

    SEVEN YOUNG FRENCH WOMEN WHO HAVE SPENT 15 DAYS TOGETHER IN A CAVE AT LACAVE IN SOUTH WESTERN FRANCE CAME UP FROM UNDER THE GROUND TODAY (MONDAY) ALL GOOD FRIENDS.

  • Description

    SEVEN YOUNG FRENCH WOMEN WHO HAVE SPENT 15 DAYS TOGETHER IN A CAVE AT LACAVE IN SOUTH WESTERN FRANCE CAME UP FROM UNDER THE GROUND TODAY (MONDAY) ALL GOOD FRIENDS.

    THE WOMEN AGED FROM 21 TO 36 VOLUNTEERED TO SPEND TWO WEEKS ISOLATED TOGETHER IN THE CAVE TO ASSIST STUDIES IN ISOLATION AND HOW SEVEN STRANGERS WOULD GET ALONG WITH EACH OTHER IN A CONFINED AREA.

    AFTER THE EXPERIMENT ONE OF THE WOMEN COMMENTED: "I WOULD NOT HAVE BELIEVED SEVEN WOMEN WHO DID NOT KNOW EACH OTHER BEFORE COULD GET ON SO ELL LIVING A COMMUNAL LIFE FOR 15 DAYS". ANOTHER OF THE WOMEN LIKENED HER STAY UNDERGROUND TO LIFE IN THE ARMY.

    THE CAVE, 110 METRES (350 FEET) BELOW GROUND LEVEL, CONTAINED ONLY NECESSARY PIECES OF FURNITURE AND OTHER COMFORTS. THE WOMEN HAD ONLY CAMP STRETCHES ON WHICH TO SLEEP AND SIT, AND THEIR FOOD WAS SCIENTIFICALLY RATIONED. ALSO, THEY HAD TO ENDURE DAMPNESS AND THE CONSTANT DRIPPING OF WATER FROM THE ROOF OF THE CAVE.

    AS THE WOMEN EMERGED FROM THE CAVE TODAY THEY WERE DARK GLASSES TO PROTECT THEIR EYES FROM THE UNACCUSTOMED BRIGHTNESS. THEY APPEARED IN GOOD HEALTH, AND WAVE CHEERFULLY TO SPECTATORS. IT WAS DISCOVERED THEY HAD LOST ALL SENSE OF TIME AND HAD ESTIMATED THE EXPERIMENT STILL HAD A FURTHER DAY TO GO.

    WHILE UNDERGROUND THEY COMPOSED A SONG - "HERMITS OF THE CAVE".

    THE WOMEN ARE NOW RESTING FOR FOUR DAYS UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION BEFORE RETURNING TO THEIR JOBS OR GOING ON HOLIDAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7KR08E7R7RHXRPH2JVX2F7UHQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7KR08E7R7RHXRPH2JVX2F7UHQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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