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(io9)   Are you in danger of spontaneously combusting? Here's a doctor's list of the risk factors that you should be aware of   ( divider line
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9661 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Feb 2013 at 9:53 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-26 10:32:57 AM  
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What's interesting about this is that he solved the mystery of spontaneous combustion 200 years ago.  There's nothing spontaneous about it, it's old fat drunks who passed out and set themselves on fire accidentally, and then their body fat burned like a candle.
2013-02-26 09:59:58 AM  
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"6. At the scene there was often an external flame, such as a candle or fireplace. "

Erm. . .That's not spontaneous combustion...
2013-02-26 12:19:50 PM  
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Big Man On Campus: I'm trying to figure out how those are risk factors. Has the job of Editing just completely vanished from the earth?

This is a list from 1799, therefor editing does not apply, nor does the current definition of 'risk factor'.

There's an interesting video of the research done in France and the USA on the subject of 'restricted combustion of human bodies". The first six items on the article's list are spot on. Combustion is started by an external source, the victim is too drunk to wake up and the flames are restricted to the area around the body by a material that acts as a wick for the rendering fat.
2013-02-26 11:33:06 AM  
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Once I read this article, I almost shiat myself... and here's why.. btw.. this guy was my uncle.. -s equoyah-county-man-sheriff-says/

He lived alone. Was a heavy smoker, and usually had a 12 pack finished before nine every morning, and could consume up to a couple of cases of beer a day easily, if not more. The ONLY fire damage was to him. None of the funiture or even the floor under him had damage. There was a greasy residue on the surfaces of the house.. it's just farking weird.. hand of God this man was my uncle..

2013-02-26 09:58:26 AM  
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7. Combustion was extremely rapid.
8. The flames were difficult to extinguish.
9. The flames produced a strong empyreumatic odor.
10. The surrounding room was coated with a thick, yellow, greasy film.
11. The first usually consumed the trunk of the body, but left the head and extremities intact.

I'm trying to figure out how those are risk factors. Has the job of Editing just completely vanished from the earth?
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