Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dead man wakes after 21 hours in morgue fridge

A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge — nearly a day after his family thought he had died, a health official said Monday.

Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the man awoke Sunday afternoon, 21 hours after his family called in an undertaker who sent him to the morgue after an asthma attack.
Morgue owner Ayanda Maqolo said he sent his driver to collect the body shortly after the family reported the death. Maqolo said he thought the man was around 80 years old.

"I couldn't believe it!" Maqolo said. "I was also scared. But they are my employees and I had to show them I wasn't scared, so I called the police."

"When he got there, the driver examined the body, checked his pulse, looked for a heartbeat, but there was nothing," Maqolo told the Associated Press. But a day after staff put the body into a locked refrigerated compartment, morgue workers heard someone shouting for help. They thought it was a ghost, the morgue owner said. After police arrived, the group entered the morgue together. "I was glad they had their firearms, in case something wanted to fight with us," Maqolo said. He said the man was pale when they pulled him out. "He asked, 'How did I get here?'" Maqolo said. The health department said the man was then taken to a nearby hospital for observation and later discharged by doctors who deemed him stable.

Kupelo, the health department spokesman, urged South Africans to call on health officials to confirm that their relatives are really dead. The man's family was informed that he was alive during a family meeting convened to make funeral arrangements. They're very happy to have him home, Maqolo said. But Maqolo said he is still trying to recover from the traumatic experience. "I couldn't sleep last night, I had nightmares," he said. "But today I'm much better."

A Man who bites his own Nose

4 fruits to keep out of the fridge

Summer is in full swing in Gulf as well as in several other parts of the Globe, and there is no healthier way to cool off than with juicy fresh fruit. But you might want to rethink your first instinct to shove fruit in the fridge. Some fruit is actually tastier and more nutritious if left at minimized room temperature. Use our super-simple guide to storing some of summer’s favorite fruits.

1. Watermelon

This summer treat is up to 40% higher in cancer-fighting lycopene if kept at room temperature as opposed to in the fridge. This juicy fruit is also abundant in the amino acid arginine, which might promote weight loss, according to a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Added perk: Some research even suggests that the fruit's high levels of citrulline may act as a "natural Viagra."

2. Tomatoes

This summer salad staple should be stored at room temperature and eaten once it’s ripe for the best flavor, according to Whole Foods Market. Tomatoes also contain the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene and vitamins A, C and K. The redder the tomato, the more lycopene it contains.

3. Peaches

Store peaches at room temperature with their stem end down to prevent bruising. This succulent fruit is high in fiber, vitamins A and C, “good” cholesterol-boosting niacin and potassium. Once peaches are ripe, eat them immediately or refrigerate them. Savor peaches with the skin to get more vitamins, phytochemicals and fiber, according to the American Association of Kidney Patients.

4. Mangoes

Enjoy mango’s tangy flavor by storing this juicy summer fruit in the fruit basket—not the fridge--and eating right after it’s ripe. Pick up this tropical fruit if you overdid it at dinner. Mangoes contain natural digestive enzymes that can help soothe your stomach, according to The University of Arizona.

Animal weddings around the world

A 7-year-old male monkey named Wukong (R) and a 6-year old female monkey named Xiaoya are seen during a special wedding ceremony at a zoo in Wenling, Zhejiang province, September 4, 2008. The zoo organised the special wedding ceremony hoping to attract more visitors, local media reported.

A woman puts vermilion on female toad during traditional Hindu wedding ceremony between two giant toads at Khochakandar, 365 km north of Kolkata, June 5, 2005. The Rs 5000 ceremony was held by villagers hoping to propitiate the rain gods and end a dry spell. Some 400 people cheered and blew conches as women put streaks of vermilion on the female toad's head while a band played music and priests solemnised the marriage to the chanting of hymns.

Giant pandas Lin Hui and Chuang Chuang play with an ice cake at Chiang Mai zoo November 9, 2005. Two pandas were married by proxy in Thailand to mark the 28th birthday of their zoo and what officials hope is the start of their mating season. The traditional Chinese ceremony was held for 5-year-old male Chuang Chuang and 4-year-old female Lin Hui, lent to the zoo in the northern city of Chiang Mai for 10 years in 2003, Thai and Chinese officials said.

Villagers solemnise a frog marriage at Madhyaboragari village, about 85 km east of Siliguri July 19, 2009. The frog marriage is a traditional ritual observed by the rural folk to appease the gods to bring in rain and ensure a good harvest.

Dogs dressed as a bride (L) and groom (R) take part in a wedding ceremony for pets as part of Valentine's Day celebrations at a shopping mall in Hong Kong February 13, 2007.

A pair of penguins dressed as bride and groom are seen during a symbolic mass wedding for penguins at the Dalian Sun Asia Ocean World in Liaoning province October 1, 2010. The oceanarium held a symbolic mass wedding for four pairs of penguins on Friday to attract visitors and with the hope that the penguins will breed.

Aunt Bea (L), a pug, waits for her turn to walk down the aisle with her groom during an attempt to break the Guinness record for the largest mass dog "wedding", in Littleton, Colorado May 19, 2007. Fifty dog "couples" were married on Saturday, surpassing the previous record of 26 set in the Netherlands.

Two spotted-billed pelicans participate in a wedding ceremony in a "bridal house" at a zoo in Fuzhou, southeast China's Fujian province April 25, 2007. The female pelican was found in south China's Hainan province, and brought to Fuzhou to mate with the male pelican, who lost his mate three years ago.

Sterilised pet rabbits dressed in wedding outfits are pictured with their owners during a wedding ceremony in Hong Kong, where organisers also attempted to deliver messages of promoting kindness to animals, February 13, 2011. Rabbits are the third most neglected animals in Hong Kong after cats and dogs, according to figures from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), showing that around 200 rabbits are abandoned by their owners each.

Dogs wear a bridal veil and a groom hat as they attend a symbolic wedding as part of celebrations of a local municipality in Lima July 9, 2011.

Giraffes Zagallo (L) and Beija Ceu or "Sky Kisser" stand together during a "wedding ceremony" at the zoo of Rio de Janeiro April 16, 2008. Zagallo was taken from a zoo in Sao Paulo to marry Rio's only giraffe. year.

'Newlyweds' Gook (R), a rooster, and Brown, (2nd-R), a hen, pose with fellow 'newlyweds' rabbits Fufu and Blao after their wedding ceremonies to mark the upcoming Valentine's day in Bangkok on February 10, 2003. Many animals, including miniature poodles, attended the event.

Chimpanzee groom Yangyang (R) and his bride Wanxing attend a symbolic wedding at Hefei Wildlife Park in Hefei, Anhui province September 28, 2010. Four-year-old Guinea born Yangyang moved to the Hefei Wildlife Park after he was selected as six-year-old Wanxing's partner by the park in 2009, local media reported.

Sterilised pet rabbits dressed in traditional Chinese costumes are pictured during a wedding ceremony in Hong Kong, where organisers also attempted to deliver messages of promoting kindness to animals, February 13, 2011.