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Chilean man wakes up at his own wake 智利老人起死回生

Most people don't wake up at their own wake. A soldier wipes the coffin of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet during his wake in Santiago on Dec. 11, 2006.


An 81-year old man in the Chilean village of Angol woke up in his coffin at his own wake. His relatives were very surprised.

One day Feliberto Carrasco's family members discovered his body limp and cold. They were convinced he had died. They immediately called a funeral home, not a doctor.

Carrasco was dressed in his finest suit for the wake. His relatives gathered to say their final goodbye.

"I couldn't believe it. I thought I must be mistaken, and I shut my eyes," Carrasco's nephew Pedro said. "When I opened them again, my uncle was looking at me. I started to cry."

The man who "rose from the dead" said he was not in any pain. He only asked for a glass of water.

Local radio stations also surprised listeners by announcing a correction to Carrasco's death announcement. They said the announcement was made too early.(STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)








1. coffin n.

棺材 (guan1 cai2)

例: My grandfather already bought a coffin.


2. wake n.

守靈 (shou3 ling2)

例: When will the wake be?


3. limp adj.

軟綿綿的 (ruan3 mian2 mian2 de5)

例: The lettuce is too limp. I prefer it to be crispy.


4. announcement n.

宣布 (xuan1 bu4)

例: Did you hear the announcement?


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