59-year-old Ademir Jorge Goncalves shocked his family when he showed up at his own funeral service in southern Brazil. After a fatal car crash, local police called in relatives of Goncalves, who identified him and set about arranging funeral services.
What his family didn't know was that Goncalves had taken a detour at a truck stop and stayed up drinking cachaça with his friends. But some family members had doubts from the beginning. His niece Rosa Sampaio told the O Globo newspaper. "My two uncles and I had doubts about the identification. But an aunt and four of his friends identified the body, so what were we to do? We went ahead with the funeral."
A police officer from the town of Santo Antonio da Platina said, "The corpse was badly disfigured, but dressed in similar clothing. People are afraid to look for very long when they identify bodies, and I think that is what happened in this case."
"His mom looked at the body in the casket and thought something was strange. She looked and looked and couldn't believe it was her son," Sampaio said. Before long, the mother's doubts were justified as the son rushed over to the cemetery to let his family know that he was not dead. Sometimes truth is even stranger than fiction!