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’Dead’ Mississippi man kicks to escape body bag

QUIRKY WORLD ... A daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

USA: A funeral director and coroner in Mississippi got the shock of their lives when a man put in a body bag because he was believed to be dead kicked to get out just before they began embalming him.

The man, 78-year-old Walter Williams, had been pronounced dead after the coroner arrived at his home in Lexington, Mississippi, and found no pulse. He was then taken to the funeral home.

“I stood there and watched them put him in a body bag and zip it up,” Williams’s nephew, Eddie Hester, told local TV station WAPT. But at the funeral home, Williams began to breathe and kick, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said. He said Williams has a pacemaker that may have fired up his heart again.

Paramedics picked Williams up from the funeral home and took him to hospital, where he has been receiving treatment.

His daughter said he was in stable condition and had been talking with family members.

“He said he thought he was asleep,” Mary Williams said of her father’s account of what happened. “Then he woke up in the hospital. He doesn’t remember any of it, really.”

ORDER...AND ACTION!

ENGLAND: A major film is to be shot in parliament for the first time — with Meryl Streep among the stars.

MPs have given permission for Suffragette, which tracks the struggle for women to get the vote, to shoot on the estate over the Easter recess.

In the past, no commercial filming has been allowed in the parliamentary buildings — with producers forced to assemble replicas of the historic chambers.

However, the Commons authorities have decided to carry out a pilot in a bid to raise revenue and cut costs.

SHINING A LIGHT

SCOTLAND: The marine life of a previously unexplored deep ocean trench has been captured on camera.

Scientists studying the New Hebrides Trench in the South Pacific used remotely-operated equipment to film the swarms of large bright red prawns and cusk eels that dominate the area.

But the biologists, from the University of Aberdeen and a research institute in New Zealand, said they were surprised at the lack of diversity in the marine life inhabiting the trench.

Dr Alan Jamieson, from the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab, said there was another surprise for scientists: The area was “swarming with large bright red prawns, which are typically seen in very low numbers in other areas”.

LED BY THE NOSE

ENGLAND: Police reportedly seized a stash of cannabis after horses in a nearby field were apparently attracted by the smell of the drug.

Five bin bags of cannabis leaves and stems were retrieved from a pond on farmland in Eighton Banks, Gateshead, the Daily Mirror reported.

A local resident was quoted as saying the horses had wandered to a hedge by the pond. “They were sniffing about, so their owners wondered what they were looking at. It was clear the horses were attracted to the area — it was probably the smell of the cannabis,” the resident said.

HAT TRICK

USA: A fast-food restaurant has paid over $44,000 (€31,950) for a hat made famous when Pharrell Williams wore it to the Grammy Awards in January.

Arby’s paid $44,100 after an auction for the brown fedora designed by Vivienne Westwood. The Arby’s logo uses a design similar to the hat, which became a trending topic on Twitter after the chart star sported it.

The producer-rapper-singer put the hat on eBay two weeks ago, and the money will support his charity From One Hand to Another. Williams tweeted thanks to the buyer, to which Arby’s replied: “You’re welcome. We’re HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back.”

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