Corpse-recovery operations are almost never funny, so this is a welcome break from a usually grim subject. Hikers discovered a deteriorating body on a cliff in West Rock State Park in Connecticut, but when Connecticut Search and Rescue teams rappeled down to recover the hopeless hiker, they discovered it was actually a mannequin.
Kudos to CT SAR squads for such efficient and able rescue techniques, and I hope their possible initial frustration at having been called out to a false rescue melted away to laughs at the bar afterward. I'd imagine the best part about recovering a body is learning that nobody died in the first place.
Still, it makes me wonder how a mannequin got to such a precarious spot. Was it an intentional prank? Department-store littering? A Pinocchio moment gone horribly awry?
God, I hope it's not that last one. He just wanted to be a real boy—I'd hate to imagine his last moments:
Retrieval team finds mannequin instead of human remains (AP)
via The Goat