After a fatal car crash, the family of Brazilian bricklayer Ademir Goncalves identified him as the corpse. The next day a funeral was held in Goncalves’s honor, but an unexpected guest showed up: Goncalves himself. Understandably, his relatives were shocked.
From the AP, via Yahoo! News:
What family members didn’t know was that Goncalves had spent the night at a truck stop talking with friends over drinks of a sugarcane liquor known as cachaca, his niece Rosa Sampaio told the O Globo newspaper. He did not get word about his own funeral until it was already happening Monday morning.
A police spokesman in the town of Santo Antonio da Platina said Goncalves rushed to the funeral to let family members know he was not dead.
“The corpse was badly disfigured, but dressed in similar clothing,” said the police spokesman, who talked on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to discuss the case. “People are afraid to look for very long when they identify bodies, and I think that is what happened in this case.”
Can you imagine showing up to your own funeral? If I were one of his relatives, I don’t know what my first reaction would be, happiness or shocked horror.
The best comment that I saw regarding this piece:
“I wouldn’t be caught dead at my funeral.” Great comment!