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'Dead' Woman Climbs out of Coffin

A 95-year-old grandmother terrified her neighbours in China - by

climbing out of her coffin six days after she 'died' Li Xiufeng was

found motionless and not breathing in bed by her neighbour more

than a fortnight after tripping and suffering a head injury. When he

failed to wake her up, Chen Qingwang assumed the frail grand-

mother had passed away in her sleep, in the village of Liulou, in

Beiliu, Guangxi Province.Recounting his daily visit to bring the

elderly lady breakfast, Mr Qingwang, 60, said: ""She didn't get up,

so I came up to wake her up."No matter how hard I pushed her and

called her name, she had no reactions. I felt something was wrong,

so I tried her breath, and she has gone, but her body is still not

cold."According to tradition, the 'dead' woman was laid in her cof-

fin ahead of the funeral for friends and relatives to pay their

respects.But the day before the funeral, Mr Qingwang arrived at his

neighbour's house to find the coffin empty and the corpse gone."We

were so terrified, and immediately asked the neighbours to come

for help," he said. After searching for the missing body, the villagers

were stunned to find Mrs Xiufeng sitting on a stool in her kitchen

cooking.She reportedly told villagers: "I slept for a long time. After

waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat. I

pushed the lid for a long time to climb out."A county hospital report-

edly believes Mrs Xiufeng suffered an artificial death, during which

the person has no breath, but the body remains warm.

Bride's Big Day Goes Bottoms Up

A Russian bride's big day was ruined by a wardrobe malfunction -

when her wedding dress ended up around her ankles.The unnamed

bride was walking down the aisle when she tripped on the carpet

and caught her heel on her


she attempts to stand up, her

white dress is pulled down, giving stunned spectators a view of her

wedding night lingerie.The unfortunate wife-to-be jumps out of her

outfit and scampers for cover dressed in white stockings and



the applause turns into a muted silence, the

bride's wedding song- Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, can be

heard ringing around the auditorium.The mishap doesn't deter the

official wedding photographer who continues frantically snapping

the incident.

Godzilla Turkey Stalks Woman

A US woman says she's become a prisoner on her own property -

because she's being stalked by a huge turkey. Edna Geisler, 69, of

Commerce Township, Michigan, has nicknamed the 25lb bird

Godzilla, reports the Detroit Free Press. She says the wild turkey

wanders onto her property each day from nearby



in her front yard, screeching at her constantly, jumping out and

attacking her whenever she dares wander outside."I'm afraid to go

out of my house," she added. "I have to go to the post office at 6

o'clock in the morning to avoid him."

On February 21, 1870, Sheriff David Mizell, his son Will, and brother

Morgan went onto the property of Moses Barber to serve an arrest

warrant. Tensions between the Barbers and Mizells had been grow-

ing for years, and the Sheriff had been warned that if he set foot on

Barber land he would be killed. When the group stopped at Bull

Creek, a shot was fired from behind some bushes. Sheriff Mizell

was killed, becoming the first casualty of the Barber-Mizell Family

Feud. The feud of 1870 demonstrates how Florida was every bit as

wild as the Wild West.

The Barber–Mizell feud was a feud in Brevard and Orange coun-

ties, Florida in 1870 resulting in 41 deaths and no criminal convic-

tions that arose when cattle baron Mose Barber disputed the

jurisdiction of Orange County Sheriff and tax collector David Mizell

over his land.When Mizell rode to collect taxes from Barber, he was

waylaid and killed. In the resultant feud, 41 men were killed.

Barber, a staunch Confederate supporter, did not want to pay taxes

to the government and felt that Mizell—himself a Confederate vet-

eran—was a carpetbagging traitor out to exploit his former com-

rades. As a result of the man's non-compliance, Mizell repeatedly

took Barber's cattle as payment for taxes. Then on February 21,

1870, Barber—fed up at this point and having warned Mizell not to

set foot on his land again—fatally shot the sheriff as he ventured

into his property to take more cattle. Although the dying sheriff

asked his family not to avenge his death, they nevertheless went

on a revenge spree which was reciprocated by the Barbers and

their supporters. Eight died, and no one was convicted for the mur-

ders. But the feud finally ended during the 1940s when a Barber

married a Mizell.

These feud-related deaths were enumerated in the 1870 Mortality

schedule of Orange County, Florida:

Isaac Barber, 35, white male, married, born in Georgia, shot in


Moses Barber, 37, white male, married, born in Georgia, Farmer,

drowned in March.

William Bronson, 37, white male, married, farmer, born in South

Carolina, shot in March.

David Mizell, Orange County Sheriff, 36, white male, married, born

12 Nov 1833 Columbia County Florida, shot from ambush 21 Feb


Needham Yates, 52, white male, married, born in Georgia, Farmer,

shot in March.

William Yates, 32, white male, married, born in Georgia, Farmer,

shot in March.

Needham Yates, Jr.

Barber–Mizell feud

Date 1870

Location Brevard and Orange counties in Florida

Caused by boundary dispute, cattle taxation, resentment over


Parties to the civil conflict

Barber family, Yates family

Mizell family, Overstreet family

Lead figures

Mose Barber, Needham Yates

Sheriff David Mizell, Judge John Mizell, Henry Overstreet

Casualties Death(s)41Arrested 10 Detained 0


Brevard and Orange counties, Florida in 1870