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#1 MoonChild

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Posted 09 April 2005 - 01:33 PM

I was watching in the Discovery Channel a programme about Spontaneous Human Combustion (<--our previous discussion). They discussed various theories, and also about the wick effect and the burning pig. But more than anything what attracted my attention is a theory that SHC can happen because of COLD FUSION. The idea of cold fusion itself is intresting, and for me till now, ColdFusion was nothing but another Internet Technology :D

So, does anyone have any more information on Cold Fusion in layman's term? Could Cold Fusion be attributed to SHC? Is there any scientific developments happenning, which ineffect can wipe out the global power needs through Cold Fusion?
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Posted 09 April 2005 - 02:04 PM

Scientists hasn't been able to reach Pons and Fleischmann's claimed results after the notorious press conference, so cold fusion today is pretty much seen as a dud.

Also I doubt the human body contains much, if any, deuterium, so I can't see why anyone would try to link cold fusion with "spontaneous" human "combustion", other than trying to make an interesting "documentary".

For "spontaneous" human "combustion" I think the wick effect is extremely logical and simple and is the obvious conclusion to take.
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Posted 09 April 2005 - 02:55 PM

I think all the claims of Spontaneous Human Combustion have been explained. I use to worry about it, but don't anymore!

Thanks to PlindBoe, now I just remove any combustible garments from myself before sitting in my easy chair!



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Posted 09 April 2005 - 04:09 PM

I don't know much about spontaneous combustion but, I had another weird experience in Vegas...one of many. We had kept a few souveneir matches from various casinos that we had visited. The ones from Treasure Island were rather nice. They were in a nice little blue box, all enclosed. I kept a few in the pouch of my tote bag...which I carried with me every day.

I made a visit to the lady's room and reached into my bag for something and it felt really hot. All of a sudden there was smoke and flames shooting out of the pouch. I put the fire out out with my hand. Luckily, there was nothing of importance in that pouch...just Treasure Island matches. I ran out of the stall and to the sink thinking that I would have to dunk my whole bag in water. Thankfully, I didn't have to. The whole lady's room smelled of sulphur from the matches. I don't know why they ignited on their own, because there was no reason for it. But, actually, I think they may have been defective because a few days before when we were at Treasure Island, Kevin lit a cigarette and sparks flew from the match and hit someone.

After that incident, I got rid of the matches and told Kevin to do the same. God forbid they were in his bag on the plane, and they went up in flames.

When I got back home I called Treasure Island and reported it. I did all I could to alert them. At least I have a clear head. I hope they check it out.
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Posted 12 April 2005 - 01:31 PM

Has there been a recent occurance of this combustion? I don't believe I've heard of one.
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Posted 12 April 2005 - 11:58 PM

Petunia, I am not sure, but it ws mentioned in the programme that for SHC, cold fusion is a probable chance. They showed some experiments, they also showed the "pig" experiment, but in the final analysis, people were giving more chance to cold fusion as the reason for SHC.
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Posted 13 April 2005 - 12:34 AM

What I find fascinating about SHC is that there is a sweet aroma, not the stench we associate with burning hair or that BBQ scent from burning flesh.

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Posted 16 April 2005 - 09:11 AM

Wow Cyn that match thing could be dangerous :blink:

I heard this can happen with those litlte toys that make different colored sparks when they are spun fast. I guess the sparks on some defaulted ones shoot out causing some risk of fire.


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Posted 24 April 2005 - 07:24 PM

Wow Cyn that match thing could be dangerous :blink:

I heard this can happen with those litlte toys that make different colored sparks when they are spun fast. I guess the sparks on some defaulted ones shoot out causing some risk of fire.


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Yes, it probably could have been a disaster if it didn't ingnite in the lady's room first. At least "someone or something" tipped me off. That was a GodSend!
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Posted 17 May 2005 - 09:43 AM

I don't know much about spontaneous combustion but, I had another weird experience in Vegas...one of many. We had kept a few souveneir matches from various casinos that we had visited. The ones from Treasure Island were rather nice. They were in a nice little blue box, all enclosed. I kept a few in the pouch of my tote bag...which I carried with me every day.

I made a visit to the lady's room and reached into my bag for something and it felt really hot. All of a sudden there was smoke and flames shooting out of the pouch. I put the fire out out with my hand. Luckily, there was nothing of importance in that pouch...just Treasure Island matches. I ran out of the stall and to the sink thinking that I would have to dunk my whole bag in water. Thankfully, I didn't have to. The whole lady's room smelled of sulphur from the matches. I don't know why they ignited on their own, because there was no reason for it. But, actually, I think they may have been defective because a few days before when we were at Treasure Island, Kevin lit a cigarette and sparks flew from the match and hit someone.

After that incident, I got rid of the matches and told Kevin to do the same. God forbid they were in his bag on the plane, and they went up in flames.

When I got back home I called Treasure Island and reported it. I did all I could to alert them. At least I have a clear head. I hope they check it out.
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In England we get two types of matches, safety and erm, non-safety. The difference being that safety matches can only be lit by striking on a special strip whereas the others can be lit on virtually anything, cue children striking matches on each other's faces, windows etc. :hunter:

The thing is that if the packet gets shaken the matches rub against the sides and each other and can ignite. I once witnessed a lad trying to deny he smoked while his trouser pockets went up in flames after he'd been running with matches in his pocket.

Mind you they're preferrable to the 'safety' matches which seem to explode when you strike them ...

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 01:08 PM

The "non-safety" matches are generally referred to as "strike anywhere". These strike anywhere matches can be ignited on any surface that provides sufficient friction.

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 01:14 PM

We have ONLY safety matches available in India. Thank God! lol

In safety matches they use Red Phosphorus, in the other one, Yellow Phosphorous is used.
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