Spontaneous Human Combustion
Posted 29 September 2004 - 01:06 AM
Posted 29 September 2004 - 09:48 AM
I mean, how many fires in general have unknown causes? If a house or tree burns down and we can't find the cause, no one believes that the house or tree spontaneously burst into flames, do they? They rightly assume there's an external cause that they just didn't happen to find for that particular fire.
I'm happy to see u again, too, Hawk... I've been fine . It's the thought of seeing your smiling icons and reading your conservative words of inspiration that keeps bringing me back here .
Posted 29 September 2004 - 05:14 PM
I agree with you Paul on your house or tree burnt-down-theory. No one ever says it was spontaneous combustion! And so many man-made fabrics are so flammable, it would be easy to get a spark on it and have it combust.
Paul go back and read the link i gave to Hawkie on the Jean Saffin case. There is also a link on that page to another SHC case that was easily explained.
I'm sure after Hawkie reads it she will be convinced that everything can naturally be explained.
Oh Jeez, Maybe i should not smoke tonight in my new chair. Hawkie, if you don't hear from me for a few days, give us a call! I might have self combusted myself!
Posted 30 September 2004 - 08:24 AM
REMEMBER BRIDGET! It's stop!, drop! and roll!
Where's the link again?
Paul, you know that without my little black rain cloud, the sunshine around here is starting to dry everything out. I need some rain so I can make some mud pies and throw them at you. I'm SMILING at you!
Posted 30 September 2004 - 08:29 AM
Well, since that seems to difficult for you geezer to figure out, here it is again!
Oh, and when I set my kitchen on fire, my husband said my motto was "Hop, Screech, and Wet your Pants" That's much more realistic!
Posted 30 September 2004 - 08:53 AM
Well, I figured it out. I was smart enough to go back and look, for some reason, (too much vino?) I couldn't see it the first time.
It was A&E! I spent two hours yesterday rummaging thru the TLC, TDC and Unsolved Mysteries. ANyway, I think it's hooey too.
Posted 30 November 2004 - 09:58 AM
It is a wonder how the body can build up with this much pressure and cause the body to SHC. But then again look at congestive heart failure and how they build up with fluid. SHC will always be researched over and over again. The only way they will get actual facts is to see it happen. It is true that the ignition point of human fat is low, but to get the fire going would probably require an external source. Once ignited, however, some researchers think that a "wick effect" from the body's fat would burn hot enough in certain places to destroy even bones. To prove that a human being might burn like a candle, Dr. John de Haan of the California Criminalistic Institute wrapped a dead pig in a blanket, poured a small amount of gasoline on the blanket, and ignited it. Even the bones were destroyed after five hours of continuous burning. The fat content of a pig is very similar to the fat content of a human being. The damage to the pig, according to Dr. De Haan "is exactly the same as that from supposed spontaneous human combustion."
In their investigation of a number of SHC cases, Dr. Joe Nickell and Dr. John Fisher found that when the destruction of the body was minimal, the only significant fuel source was the individual's clothes, but where the destruction was considerable, additional fuel sources increased the combustion. Materials under the body help retain melted fat that flows from the body and serves to keep it burning.
Posted 07 December 2004 - 06:54 AM
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