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Man Tweets Bizarre Headline About Dead Person, & The Internet Has Questions

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The law is the law. Once the paperwork has been filed, and all the appropriate authorities have signed off on a decision, having it reversed can be very difficult. And if that paperwork happens to be a death certificate, well...

Understandably, Twitter had some questions as to how this could be possible.

The "living" man is named Constantin Reliu, and he's been going through a surreal experience.

Reliu, 63 years old, worked as a cook in Turkey for 20 years before returning to his home country of Romania. You know how it is when you come back home after years away: everything's changed! There are different shops, people have moved, you're dead–it's one hassle after another!

It turns out that while Reliu was away, his wife had him registered as dead. You'd think that kind of problem would be easy to correct but...well...you'd be wrong.

After a court in Vaslui refused to overturn his death certificate because his request was filed "too late," Reliu described his situation to the Associated Press:

I am a living ghost. I am officially dead, although I'm alive. I have no income and because I am listed as dead, I can't do anything.

Reliu is now banned from returning to Turkey and has trouble finding work due to his diabetes, which makes finding money to file a lawsuit a perplexing problem no matter how alive he is.

The Reliu family isn't on the best of terms.

Constantin left Romania for Turkey in 1992, and returned three years later to discover his wife's alleged infidelity. To be fair, his wife couldn't be reached for her side of the story, and three years is a long time to be away, especially before the days of Skype. In 1999, he once again traveled to Turkey–this time with no intention of returning.

It turns out that was his wife's intention as well. Constantin told the Associated Press:

I am not sure whether I am divorced or not. I am not sure whether she is married to someone else or not. Nobody will tell me.

In December 2018, Reliu was deported back to Romania after being detained by Turkish authorities over expired papers.

Romanian authorities met him at the airport and, using an old passport photo and trivia about his hometown, were able to confirm he was, in fact, him. But bureaucrats in Barlad, Romania, were harder to persuade. They refused to issue him papers stating he was who he was, then refused to overturn his death certificate on "procedural grounds."

With no knowledge of Reliu's situation, Twitter had a field day with the headline:

Whatever bureocratic procedures are in place, most people seem to agree some exceptions might need to be made in the face of an extreme situation. Best of luck, Mr. Reliu!

H/T - Twitter, NBC

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality www.youtube.com

Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

Meet the Canadian who created a real-life invisibility shield youtu.be

Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.

Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.


Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.

Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.

Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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