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Man Shows Up Alive At His Own Funeral

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the best-prank-ever dept.

Idle 6

The family of 59-year-old Ademir Jorge Goncalves got a shocking but pleasant surprise at his funeral when Ademir showed up alive. Police and family misidentified the victim of a terrible car crash as Goncalves and as is customary in Brazil, the funeral was held the next day. In reality Goncalves had stayed at a friends house after drinking sugarcane liquor all night. "The corpse was badly disfigured, but dressed in similar clothing. People are afraid to look for very long when they identify bodies, and I think that is what happened in this case," said a police spokesman. I can't wait for this premise to be made into a reality show.

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If this had happened here.... (1)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 4 years ago | (#30002772)

I wonder about all the difficulty that would happen in the US (sorry - here is US for my geo-centric self) : Say I met some hot chick, we went on a week-long siesta / romp and I came back.
Other than my wife being mad at me when I got back - understandably that is - I wonder how hard it would be to restore myself to the land of the living after being misidentified as being dead.
There'd be issues with drivers licenses, credit card, ... reimbursement of funeral home expenses - (do they give reimbursements?)... it'd be a mess.

Re:If this had happened here.... (1)

gfreeman (456642) | more than 4 years ago | (#30005402)

I'm pretty sure your wife would ensure you stayed very dead. Permanently dead. Extremely and terminally dead. Deader 'n a dead thing.

Re:If this had happened here.... (1)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 4 years ago | (#30006530)

No... she's fairly practical ... if she killed me there's no way I could pay alimony to her...
But then again ... that brings up an interesting point - I wouldn't have to if I was legally dead. (or would I?)

Re:If this had happened here.... (1)

Hybrid-brain (1478551) | more than 4 years ago | (#30009682)

could do what Tom and Huck did.

Re:If this had happened here.... (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30015446)

I wonder about all the difficulty that would happen in the US (sorry - here is US for my geo-centric self)

I don't know the answer, but I'm pretty sure that you'd find that there is abundant case law in your jurisdiction to address cases like this. There is nothing new about people disappearing for a while, either due to medical issues (say, sudden illness makes you unconscious when you're travelling ; you don't have ID on you ; your hotel doesn't post you as missing, they just sell your goods to cover your bill. Months or years later you regain consciousness in hospital ; maybe you have amnesia.), mental health issues, or you just want to disappear.
It might seem strange from today's perspective, but it's not that long ago that credit cards didn't exist, many people didn't drive (and in this jurisdiction there has never been a habit of carrying a driving license, even if you have one), and few people had reason to carry a passport (internal or external). So people being unconscious and unknown was nothing wildly uncommon.

Oh, I forgot. You're in America, so if your credit card didn't show sufficient balance, you'd have been thrown out of the hospital, if you'd even have been allowed in the doors.
Well, in that case the only case law you' would have will be from the people who deliberately disappear, then reappear, and form the mad.
But for certain, there will be case law.

Don't you just hate boring answers.

First, they were like... (1)

uuddlrlrab (1617237) | more than 4 years ago | (#30032770)


Then, they were like, *O*

Then, they were like, @!&#!#^%!!!!!!1111Uno
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