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Message 1155395 - Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 20:49:12 UTC

Sorry, but I can't go along with it. I don't have an answer, but ET with a ray gun makes more sense.

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Message 1155407 - Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 21:47:58 UTC - in response to Message 1155395.
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IIRC even the Mythbusters proved that the Spontaneous Combustion idea is false.

What occurs is usually the person either dies or is asphyxiated due to smoke inhalation in an enclosed room. If the person was smoking in bed or elsewhere, their clothing or other material catches fire which quickly extinguishes itself due to the lack of Oxygen in the room(enclosed area). The fire them slowly smolders. a body will burn slowly in this manner for several days leaving at best the hands and feet. THe event looks like the person spontaneously combusted. However their combustion was a much more delayed action and not spontaneous at all.
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Message 1155415 - Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 22:07:37 UTC

Read something that all the "known" cases were found near fireplaces, etc. My wild guess is that hair or clothing got caught with an ember. And the body is meat and fat so yes it will burn.

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Message 1155416 - Posted: 23 Sep 2011, 22:08:28 UTC
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More commonly known as the candle effect.

Fat + wicking material (clothing) + confined space can slowly smoulder-burn with near complete combustion.


If crematoria were not so rushed, that could be a very much more efficient way of getting to ashes to ashes, dust to dust... The waste heat could heat a swimming pool or few as a positive side effect!

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Message 1155476 - Posted: 24 Sep 2011, 1:47:15 UTC - in response to Message 1155416.

Spontaneous combustion is another Urban Myth.

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Message 1155552 - Posted: 24 Sep 2011, 8:06:23 UTC

When you have an unexplained death it is often difficult to find something to put on the death certificate, or give as a cause in a coroners court. This is a useful getout.

Would their life assurance still pay out in cases like this? I bet it's not covered in the small print!

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Message 1155800 - Posted: 24 Sep 2011, 23:50:26 UTC - in response to Message 1155552.

coroners in many places do not have to be Pathologists. many rural areas of the US have the local mortician working as a coroner. A Pathologist would hopefully not fall prey to this myth. It is true that the actual cause of death is quite obfuscated by the body being burned. However, the problem with the myth is that there are no eye witnesses to the burning as it occurs. Given that little conundrum time to sink in and a reasonable person will conclude that either its a coincidence or that spontaneous combustion is a crock
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Message 1157044 - Posted: 29 Sep 2011, 11:36:31 UTC

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Why this event never occures on some politicians, and is always a poor sould that get disintegrated by a ray gun.

Maybe Spock was there :D

This is the kind of news that you expect to read on the "National Inquirer" newspaper type and sites, not on BBC, I guess standards are getting lower :D

What next, PM cameron was caught in a Yellow polka dot Bikini?

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Message 1157083 - Posted: 29 Sep 2011, 14:30:49 UTC

What next, PM cameron was caught in a Yellow polka dot Bikini?

Now that realy would be news.
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Message 1157400 - Posted: 30 Sep 2011, 10:01:52 UTC

Well, the Sunday Sport had "World War II Bomber found on Moon" so anything's possible!

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Message 1158423 - Posted: 3 Oct 2011, 2:52:16 UTC

spontaneous combustion = smoking in bed, falling asleep dropping the cigarette and poof.
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