You gotta love articles with wildly misleading headlines. In the case of one recent story, the headline was “Dead’ man awakes during Buddhist prayers,” which someone submitted to Fark as “Man wakes up at his own funeral, family stunned, priests say it’s a miracle.” I interpreted this to mean that a man was declared dead, tossed in a coffin, and waited until the funeral to throw the lid open and jump out, giving his poor mother a heart attack. The truth is far more mundane: an 87-year old man was on a breathing tube, and doctors warned the family that if the tube was removed, he’d probably die. They took him home to die in peace, and when the tube was removed he began breathing on this own.
Ta-da! Doctors “can’t explain what happened” according to “the report.” The report? That would be the news as reported by the Chinese News Service, citing “Taiwan media.” To recap: most people will get this news via Fark via ShanghaiDaily.com via the Chinese News Service via Taiwan media via some guy who totally saw this dude keep breathing without a tube. Now you can add Skepchick to the top of that list, you lucky dog.