Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Not yet dead

We've seen a few stories recently surrounding British citizens who were believed to have been dead for years. Of course, odds are that, if you've been "dead" for years and you reappear, there's a chance that you faked the entire thing in the first place. That's why it's so refreshing to see a story out of Poland, talking about, um, a man who was believed to be dead.

But wait, there's a difference. In the Polish story, a drowning victim was wrongly identified, and when the man showed up a couple of days after his own funeral to prove his continued life, the authorities jumped right up to help him and correct the mistake.

Wait, no, they actually have spent the time since August insisting that the man is deceased. This, of course, is frustrating to anyone who needs to prove that they are alive in order to work and have insurance. On the plus side, he hasn't had to pay any taxes, but, after a few months, we're willing to bet that money's getting a little tight.

It seems odd to us that, if a person shows up with proper identification to prove that they are, in fact, alive and well, that any government agency would continue to insist that they actually buried the correct person with the correct name. For any government worker to insist that, "This citizen does not exist" really makes us wonder how such a citizen could give a report to a newspaper.

Sure, it's possible that the person in question is really just a high-functioning zombie, but that would pretty much keep him from referring to the situation as "a joke". After all, everyone knows that zombies don't really have much of a sense of humor.

For proof, just look at Carrot Top and Dane Cook.

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