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‘Dead’ Joseph DeAngelo was just sleeping in the river like a human Pooh Stick

by | 11th, August 2012

LIFE mirroring Pooh Bear story of the day now as we head to the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sue Hubbard spotted a body floating in the water. The body was wearing a life vest.

“I saw him down there all by myself, second thought was oh my gosh.”

The police were called.  Matthew Kranz of Williamsport was looking on:

“We were standing here talking to you, all of a sudden he sat up, and apparently wasn’t dead.”

Williamsport Police Captain Michael Orwig does not in any way overstate the matter:

“I said it’s a miracle.”

The miracle in the river is Joseph DeAngelo. He explains how he awoke when a dragonfly landed on his nose:

“I was out like a light, it was comfortable. It was like laying on a cloud. I looked up at the clouds and I was laying on a cloud, and it was a wonderful thing.”

You can read about a similar even in the Winnie the Pooh book A Day for Eeyore, in which the donkey is enjoying a float down a river. The incident leads to the invention of Pooh Sticks, the bridge-and-river game. Joseph DeAngelo might well have invented the human version, taking stick racing into the realms of Xtreme Sports:


YouTube link.



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