Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


- - - - -

[Merged]Spontaneous human combustion theory

spontaneous human combustion brian j ford belly pork

  • Please log in to reply
27 replies to this topic

#1    Still Waters

Still Waters

    Deeply Mysterious

  • 38,020 posts
  • Joined:01 Jun 2008
  • Gender:Female

  • "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:31 PM

A Cambridge professor has tackled the issue of spontaneous combustion – using belly pork.

Prof Brian J Ford is a research biologist and author of more than 30 books, most about cell biology and microscopy but he has turned his attention to the mechanisms behind why people ‘explode’.

He said in an article in New Scientist: “One minute they may be relaxing in a chair, the next they erupt into a fireball.

“Jets of blue fire shoot from their bodies like flames from a blowtorch, and within half an hour they are reduced to a pile of ash.

http://www.cambridge...ry-21082012.htm

Posted Image

#2    Mnemonix

Mnemonix

    Alien Abducter

  • Closed
  • 4,720 posts
  • Joined:25 Jul 2012
  • Gender:Male

Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:44 PM

While I was reading this a firework exploded, got to love the festive season... Back to reading.

Interesting, but can they explain why people just burst into flames?

Edited by Lrak, 22 August 2012 - 01:49 PM.


#3    ZaraKitty

ZaraKitty

    Psychic Spy

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,202 posts
  • Joined:10 Mar 2012
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Australia

  • I can see it in their eyes, they've already died.

Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:13 PM

But we're made up of so much watery goop (not sure what it exactly is)

The internet is a series of tubes, and those tubes are full of cats.

#4    Yes_Man

Yes_Man

    hi

  • Member
  • 8,169 posts
  • Joined:22 Apr 2006
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Portsmouth

Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:53 PM

View PostZaraKitty, on 22 August 2012 - 02:13 PM, said:

But we're made up of so much watery goop (not sure what it exactly is)
Carbon


#5    Simbi Laveau

Simbi Laveau

    Overlord A. Snuffleupagus

  • Member
  • 8,266 posts
  • Joined:26 Feb 2012
  • Location:Rim of hell

  • ~So what's all this then ?!

Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:52 PM

It takes a full 30 minutes to burn ?
That's a long time,in burning time.


Miss me?

#6    pallidin

pallidin

    Telekinetic

  • Member
  • 6,714 posts
  • Joined:09 Dec 2004
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Somewhere south of the North Pole

  • "When life gets you down... swim with a dolphin"

Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:00 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 22 August 2012 - 03:53 PM, said:

Carbon

President Nixon, please get a new speech writer. Those one-word sentences are annoying.
That one sounds like:

Caaaarrrrrrrrrrrbbbbbooooonnnnnnn


#7    regeneratia

regeneratia

    Government Agent

  • Member
  • 3,952 posts
  • Joined:20 Jun 2010
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:All my posts are my own views, my own perceptions. Will not be finding links for why I think the way I do.

  • It is time to put the big guns down now, Little Boys!

Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

How interesting! I always thought that the issue involved a out-of-kelter metabolic happening.


#8    Ashyne

Ashyne

    Atheist & Skeptic

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,576 posts
  • Joined:25 Aug 2005
  • Location:Singapore

Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:33 PM

All they did is identify one possible material involved in SHC, not even the method that made it happen as they had to set fire to it first!

Edited by Ashiene, 23 August 2012 - 01:35 PM.


#9    HecticSherlock

HecticSherlock

    Alien Embryo

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 102 posts
  • Joined:24 May 2011
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Huntsville,Al

  • "I hate having to jump into convo's, idea's, or subjects without prior knowledge or facts to back me up..but if religion can do it!"

Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:44 PM

Literally one of the worst ways to die,kinda humiliating really...

   Art of Survival~

Posted Image

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" Epicurus


#10    King Fluffs

King Fluffs

    The Resident Misanthrope

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,111 posts
  • Joined:23 Dec 2010
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:England

  • Shadows protect my angel in white...

Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:38 PM

Interesting.


#11    highdesert50

highdesert50

    Remote Viewer

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 585 posts
  • Joined:09 Jul 2010
  • Gender:Male

Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:04 PM

It would be interesting to see if these cases involving spontaneous combustion were diabetics where ketones could be in a higher concentration. Acetone is extremely flammable, has low flashpoint and can explode at at relatively low concentrations. So, this theory seems plausible.


#12    pallidin

pallidin

    Telekinetic

  • Member
  • 6,714 posts
  • Joined:09 Dec 2004
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Somewhere south of the North Pole

  • "When life gets you down... swim with a dolphin"

Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

How come we never see it during basketball, football, or the Olympics?
Now that would be funny! Sort of.


#13    Simbi Laveau

Simbi Laveau

    Overlord A. Snuffleupagus

  • Member
  • 8,266 posts
  • Joined:26 Feb 2012
  • Location:Rim of hell

  • ~So what's all this then ?!

Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:46 PM

Well as per Randy Marsh ,its from holding in gas ,and as per Nigel Tufnel,you have to be a spinal tap drummer.

Miss me?

#14    White Unicorn

White Unicorn

    Astral Projection

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 730 posts
  • Joined:19 Oct 2011
  • Gender:Not Selected

Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:24 PM

View PostAshiene, on 23 August 2012 - 01:33 PM, said:

All they did is identify one possible material involved in SHC, not even the method that made it happen as they had to set fire to it first!

I agree with you on that .
I have one theory for this  because I really thought at the time I might be burnt to toast!
Who knows there may be many triggers if the person's make up is is like this researcher said ?  

I experienced something that might be what is called ball lightning in 1981.  I don't know , but  I was amazed whatever it was. I just  moved to the country and there was a lightning thunder then a small storm which ended up with a beautiful sunset and rainbow that evening.  I walked in the door from work and left the screen open since the air was so fresh from the rain. I was surprised when I saw a ball of light come floating and stopped in the living room for about 40 seconds or so. It was white like a florescent light and a little bigger than a basketball. I assume it came through the door but I didn't see where it came from since I was too busy just coming home to notice. It moved toward the large bay  window but it popped as it went to a lamp I just turned on ! It flashed like an old time big flash bulb even the same kind of sound but sort of like a small clap of thunder. It smelled like an electrical fire after but there was no fire. The lamp shade smelled and had residue on it because there was some smoke when it happened.  When it happened, it was just raining and part of the sky seemed to have a strange yellow hue but it was just before the big lightning and downpour part of the storm. It was part of the storm obviously.

I always wondered if ball lightning is an answer to the mystery of  unexplained spontaneous combustion after that.


#15    Mr Supertypo

Mr Supertypo

    Hi...

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,793 posts
  • Joined:28 Jul 2005
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:somewhere in Europe

  • not for nothing, but you sound like a half [...]

Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:48 AM

It sounds plausible. Now we have the inflammable element, we need to identify the trigger. How about checking the med the victims of S.C had intaken? maybe there is some lead in that direction?

Finally got my black belt....




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users