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Question: Did scientists raise Lincoln from the dead?


The Weekly World News of October 5, 1993 featured a headline story, "He's kept alive for 95 seconds! Abraham Lincoln's Corpse Revived." After being injected with the miracle drug Revivitol, according to the story, Lincoln stirred and said "Gentlemen, where am I?" before again losing consciousness.

Of course, as those who follow the supermarket tabloids know, the Weekly World News makes the National Enquirer look like The New York Times. It's so silly that no one takes it seriously. The real significance of this story, for Lincoln students, is that it marks Lincoln's significance as continuing icon in American popular culture, like Elvis or JFK.