Fidel Castro Dead or Alive

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is dead. Unless he’s not.

Fidel Castro Muerto Photo

Val Prieto had a flurry of updates yesterday reporting Castro’s death, with imminent announcements expected. Half the political blogosphere linked the post and his server couldn’t handle the strain. In a Communist plot, no announcement was forthcoming.

Fidel Castro Dead Photo Meanwhile, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton got into the act with one, two, three, four announcements about impending announcements that are, as of this writing, still impending. (Apparently, Miami has a particularly long rush hour.)

Fidel Castro Dead Photo 2 The Cuban government has denied that Fidel Castro is dead, which is exactly what you’d expect if Fidel Castro really were dead. Then again, if he’s not dead, they’d likely deny it, too.

Breaking the tension with a rather obvious joke that’s still funny, Wonk reports that Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

The Miami Herald thinks it’s a false alarm but until we see Castro alive somewhere — or his dead body, for that matter — we won’t know for sure. All we know at this point is that Fidel Castro is either dead or he’s not.

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  1. Thomas says:

    Schrodinger’s Castro.


  2. Michael says:

    Sorry to get all geeky, but if he were Schrodinger’s Casto, he would simultaneously be both alive _AND_ dead. Until you open the box at least, then he’ll pick one and stay with it.


  3. FormerHostage says:

    70’s SNL Flashback

    Our top story today: General Francisco Franco is still dead. Doctors’ report his condition as stable.