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Mysteries revisited: spontaneous human combustion


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None of the proposed scientific explanations for how a body would spontaneously burst into flames have held up to scrutiny.

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One of the main culprit is the wick effect, when the body fat feed a soaked burning material like the way a candle burns. You need an exterior source to start it tho.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/burn-baby-burn-understanding-the-wick-effect/

Strange stuff, I remember a case that a man arm catched fire during his work at a library. The man survived but was not allowed to work in the rare manuscript sections after the event. WIll try to to find it on the web.
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9 hours ago, Jon the frog said:

One of the main culprit is the wick effect, when the body fat feed a soaked burning material like the way a candle burns. You need an exterior source to start it tho.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/burn-baby-burn-understanding-the-wick-effect/

Strange stuff, I remember a case that a man arm catched fire during his work at a library. The man survived but was not allowed to work in the rare manuscript sections after the event. WIll try to to find it on the web.

Say, Jon, do you have any thoughts on what might be the ignition source during these rare events (presuming the wick effect)?

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8 hours ago, pallidin said:

Say, Jon, do you have any thoughts on what might be the ignition source during these rare events (presuming the wick effect)?

Most of the case are old peoples that are smoking or in vicinity of fire. They could be cases of falling asleep and choking from the initial smoke or even dying before the fire. So the wick effect fit well with these cases.

The younger cases in active situations are way more baffling. Maybe a biological source is possible with some kind of metabolism imbalance, we are a heat source, we are burning sugar all day long... . We have seen spontaneous burning of a cheese sandwich on an airliner because the pilot put his oxygen mask near it, so you don't need a lot to tickle something bad. 

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Another worst of the worst videos.

Can they get any more worthless?

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