That's probably the most bizarre headline we've written all year... which is saying a lot. But it also happens to be a true story.
According to an article in the China Times (recently translated for Buzzfeed), a woman in Harbin City, China had been marinating a viper in sorghum wine for the past three months. That may seem like a creepy thing to do, but the preserved snake is actually an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, and the woman planned on using it to treat her rheumatism... that is, until she opened the bottle and the “dead” snake bit her.
Fortunately, she was administered an antidote and is recovering... otherwise, the bite could have been fatal.
According to doctors, snakes preserved in alcohol may not actually drown, but can go into a dormant state – sometimes for several years – and if their nervous system is still intact, they can come back to life.