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Michele Benn

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Does spontaneous human combustion exist?
« on: 12/05/2009 12:30:02 »
Michele Benn  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Is there such a thing as spontaneous human combustion??

What do you think?


 

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Does spontaneous human combustion exist?
« Reply #1 on: 12/05/2009 20:54:44 »
NO. Humans are too wet to spontaneously combust.
oily rags can catch fire this way and humans, particularly if they have been dead for a while, can burn but those are different things
 

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Does spontaneous human combustion exist?
« Reply #2 on: 13/05/2009 17:33:38 »
Not even when they're incandescent with rage?  [:(!]
 

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Does spontaneous human combustion exist?
« Reply #3 on: 13/05/2009 18:21:00 »
Stories of human spontaneous combustion are misleading to say the least. They will usually ignore the fact that there probably was some form of ignition, such as a ciggy end or match dropped when not extinguished. What's more, it will usually involve a tramp or someone else who is a tad lacking in the personal hygiene department. It is not the body which bursts into flames, but the clothes they are wearing.

Not even when they're incandescent with rage?  [:(!]

Maybe if they are fuming!


Do you mind if I smoke? You can burst into flames for all I care!
 

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