In a Sherlockian episode of mystery and dark humor, a recent story taking place in Shanghai’s Qingpu District has astonished readers after a man mistaken for a rotting corpse turned out to be very much alive.
It all began with Old Wang’s daily ritual of some brisk morning exercise. At 6:30 a.m., Wang was taking his habitual stroll and decided to check up on his rented-out property and tenant, Xiao He, China News reports.
But upon arriving at the house, Old Wang was immediately suspicious of the unlocked door, the lack of lighting in the house and the horrible, rotten, putrid smell that assaulted his nostrils. And after opening the door, seeing Xiao’s closed eyes and rigid body on the bed, Old Wang fled to the nearest police station, crying out: “Police, my house has a rotting dead person inside!”
By this time it was 7 a.m., and thankfully police heard Old Wang and accompanied him back, but not without calling medical personnel first.
“As soon as I entered the room the stench hit me, this sour, rotten smell. I didn’t bring my face mask either, so it was even worse,” said Xiao Kong, the officer who accompanied Old Wang. Kong described the young man on the bed as completely rigid, eyes tightly shut with a deathly pale complexion. Soon after, medical personnel arrived and began checking the body for signs of life.
After removing the quilt to check the man’s heartbeat, in a terrifying Frankenstein-esque scene the man’s body suddenly sat straight up, his eyes snapped open and stared motionlessly forward, scaring the shit out of the medical personnel working on him, so much so that the poor paramedic fell to the floor.
“I was so scared, you see a rigid foul-smelling corpse suddenly sit up, I was terrified!” he said.
After managing to check the guy’s heartbeat, it was discovered that he was in a strange state of delirium, but was definitely still alive. Further investigation found that the man was actually epileptic, and Old Wang had simply walked in on him during an alarming episode of epilepsy, mistaking the rigid body and foaming mouth as death.
But what about the smell, you ask? After the man recovered, he admitted that he had not washed for over a month because his funds were limited as he was a temporary worker. The foul, putrid, corpse smell? His feet.
Elementary, my dear Watson.
By Kitty Lai
[Image via China News // h/t Chris Buckley]