Man Dies, No One Notices

Yahoo News offers up this brief report about a British train conductor who "stamped and carefully returned the ticket of a slumbering passenger without realizing the man was dead." I guess people only realized the guy was dead once the train pulled into the station (York) and he failed to wake up. Now, by coincidence, I took this very same train last month, and the seats were pretty cramped, so either the train was quite empty, or whoever was sitting next to the dead guy was really oblivious. The story reminds me of the old urban legend about the guy who dies in his office, sitting at his desk, but none of his co-workers notice.

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Posted on Mon Nov 01, 2004


Gee, wouldn't that be strange? To get on a train, sit down, and then.... die?
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Mon Nov 01, 2004  at  06:35 AM
Just be glad he took the train and didn't use the car!
Posted by Paul  on  Mon Nov 01, 2004  at  09:53 AM
Having experienced the death of a person in a workplace, I would have to say, considering that you lose all control of your "bodily function" upon cessation of life, unless this person sitting on the train was completely "empty", I don't see how anyone could not notice.
Posted by LErikson  on  Mon Nov 01, 2004  at  10:12 PM
I think I'll give good old Peter a nudge on friday afternoon.....unlees he smells fine
Posted by Paul  on  Tue Nov 02, 2004  at  01:33 PM
damn..unless (ALEX!!)
Posted by Paul  on  Tue Nov 02, 2004  at  01:34 PM
A lot of people just die. I used to volunteer in a nursing home. One minute you'd be handing them a newspaper & before they've reached the business section, they're slumped in their chair.
Posted by Maegan  on  Wed Nov 03, 2004  at  07:58 AM
When the great (I almost said "immortal") American writer Dorothy Parker was told that former President Calvin Coolidge had died, she asked, "How could they tell?"

(The more you know about Coolidge, the funnier this quip is.)
Posted by Big Gary C  on  Thu Nov 04, 2004  at  12:04 PM
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