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Old 09-24-2011, 06:00 PM   #1
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spontaneous combustion - I have heard of this before but never really gave it much thought


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-2...ustion/2941050
'from the bbc'

A coroner in Ireland has ruled that a 76-year-old man died as a result of "spontaneous combustion".

The coroner says he found no other plausible explanation for the death of Michael Faherty, who burned to death in his Galway home last December.

Deaths attributed to "spontaneous combustion" occur when a body is burned without an apparent external source of ignition.

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So what do you guys think? myth or fact?
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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Wonder if he was in the bathroom?
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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Wonder if he was in the bathroom?
with a lit fag (cigarette to you yanks) and a receipt for last nights take away curry?
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Old 09-24-2011, 08:11 PM   #4
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with a lit fag (cigarette to you yanks) and a receipt for last nights take away curry?
That was my thinking yes lol
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:54 AM   #5
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I like getting baked on occassion, but that is ridiculous!
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:32 PM   #6
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I haven't heard of any cases in years. To the best of my knowledge there is still no ocnvincing scientific explanation of this phenomenon.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:24 PM   #7
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Aye, to me it's more like something caught him on fire but there is no evidence to say what it was. When people are present it is an unfortunate accident.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:18 PM   #8
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IIRC, Most scientists believe that it occurs usually in overweight people, when an unidentified source, usually presumed a cigarette, ignites the clothes of a person whilst they are asleep, and the combination of fat/fabric act very similarly to a wick/candle.
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Yet another reason to stay lean imo.
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Yet another reason to stay lean imo.
I think the odds of this one coming in to play are relatively slim
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