posted on Aug, 12 2005 @ 11:05 AM
I doubt I spelled that right, and also doubt this is on the appropriate board, but please excuse me, I'm new. Anyway.
Spontainious combustion, you know, where people who're just too angry simply burst into flames. Here's a little article a found, but it's kind of
bull****y and I'd really appriciate it if anyone could give me more info on this subject.
Spontaneous Human Combustion is a phenomenon in which a human body purportedly catches fire as a result of heat generated internally by some type of
chemical reaction. This phenomena has been reported for hundreds of years. Indeed, belief in the past was that if a person possessed too much anger
or drank too much brandy, he or she might burn to death internally - literally combusting into ash within a matter of minutes.
In 1996, several of the world's top fire experts came together to investigate some of the most renowned spontaneous human combustion cases. The most
amazing factor in these cases was the fact that though of the bodies of the victims were burned almost completely (give or take a few intact limbs),
the items surrounding them were left untouched and undamaged.
In a crematoria, where temperatures reach from 700 to 1,000 degrees, human bones are not destroyed - making cases of spontaneous combustion an even
more mind-boggling phenomena. In the 1980's Dr. John de Haan reported that this phenomena is likely caused by the melting of body fat. This is known
as the "wick effect," which makes human body fat literally burn like a candle. Because pigs have similar fat content to humans, Dr. Haan
experimented by using a dead pig, wrapping it in a blanket with a small amount of petrol poured onto it, and placing it in a controlled indoor
environment. He then set fire to it to simulate a human body being burned. Within 5 hours, the charred remains were identical to those in the
spontaneous human combustion cases, with items placed in the same room untouched, other than a nearby television, which was warped from the heat - but
not from the fire itself.
Dr. Haan's experiment revealed that a small flame can indeed consume a body through the help of burning fat. This study purportedly demonstrated how
a person who has been knocked unconscious, unable to extinguish a flame, could be burned almost entirely through natural processes without attracting
any attention to passersby or igniting anything else in the vicinity. The remaining limbs that may be left were reported to be due to the fat content
in them not being as rich as the rest of the body, thereby making them less likely to burn.
The problem with this experiment - though it was quite innovative - was the fact that it completely disregarded the cases in which people have
actually witnessed these types of events. There are records of people who experienced them first-hand and lived to tell their stories.
Article ends there. Told ya it was bull.