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This story appears in the January 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Abdel-Rahim Mohammed woke up in a cramped metal box. He could hear whispering. It was dark. According to the Associated Press, which reported this story last summer, all the 32-year-old Arabic teacher knew was that one moment, he was swimming at the beach in Alexandria, Egypt, got dizzy and blacked out.

What Mohammed didn't immediately realize was that he was in a refrigerated morgue. But nearby was an attendant showing a grieving family a body. As the attendant tried to shut the compartment, Mohammed's hand clamped down on the guy's wrist.

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