Talk:Spontaneous human combustion

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Doh. Didn't mean to change it. Hit wrong option :( TheEgyptian¿Dígame? 11:28, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

MD's of DEATH[edit]

What about the following EVIDENCE PIECES OF PUZZLE

  1. Octupus people slave doctors prescribing NITROGLYCERIN (!!!!) to patients
  2. FACT: Adolf Nobel was Swedish AS AM I.
  3. The recent unexplained wave of SENIOR CITIZENS EXPLODING (WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!!!) Reverend Black Percy (talk) 21:36, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
What? Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 21:39, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
Today I learned that what RW calls mystery meat goes by "Pothole" at that site. SmartFeller (talk) 23:17, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
The more you know... Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 23:59, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Atmospheric composition and SHC?[edit]

Wondering if there's been any research done on the size and ventilation of rooms wherein SHC has occurred. My basic conundrum is this: If the room is HUGE, then conventional burning seems substantially more likely, with the intense flame spreading to everything in the vicinity and the nearly unlimited supply of oxygen making a fullscale house fire inevitable and likely burning away external fat before heat has had time to profligate inward. Normal house fire, normal body.

If the room is TINY, then the oxygen supply might run out before enough heat has been deposited into the body to boil water and melt subcutaneous fat. Basically, when the oxygen comes back to sufficient concentration, no spontaneous combustion occurs. I.e. SHC shouldn't work in, for example, an outhouse.

If the ventilation is extremely poor, the trickle of oxygen that occurs will not sustain combustion.

If the ventilation is too effective, we may again end up with a full oxygen environment, where rapid burns exhaust their fuel quickly. Normal fire. Normal body.

So what we see is the need for a room of moderate volume with poor ventilation, but not so poor as to eliminate anyl possibility of oxygen flow in or exhaust gas escape. I wonder if anyone has done serious scientific research into insulated fires at low oxygen concentrations and high burn product concentrations. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs 02:55, 13 March 2016


"Furthermore, this theory has been tested with defunct animals (pigs and humans) wrapped in cloth, with results that match observed effects of SHC"

Was there any blood in those carcasses? I find it hard to believe any 'candle wick' theory involving a live human body, which is 60% water. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs 09:52, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Elderly and immobile[edit]

Facts to incorporate into the article:

  • Victims are apparently always elderly and thus have mobility issues, i.e. they can't stop drop and roll like a young person would
  • There's almost always a cigarette or cigar being smoked at some point plus that means matches or a lighter would also be nearby
  • There's often an oxygen tank nearby because see first point

--Vital Forces (talk) 12:41, 9 April 2023 (UTC)