The news of my death

Did you see this story from Brazil: “Brazilian man shows up at own funeral”?

A Brazilian bricklayer reportedly killed in a car crash shocked his mourning family by showing up alive at his funeral.

Relatives of Ademir Jorge Goncalves, 59, had identified him as the victim of a Sunday night car crash in Parana state in southern Brazil, police said.

As is customary in Brazil, the funeral was held the following day, which happened to be the holiday of Finados, when Brazilians visit cemeteries to honour the dead.

What family members didn’t know was that Mr. 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.

The whole story is on the Globe and Mail’s website.

Reminds me of Mark Twain’s

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

At least Goncalves is in good company! ๐Ÿ™‚