RIP Philo

spontaneous human combustion

It's very rare but there's still tons of documented cases.

Here's a recent one.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/15/did-burned-to-death-pensioner-spontaneously-combust-bafflement/

It's funny people who say it's a hoax. They'll say there is no such thing, then faced with proof that a body burned on its own without burning much of anything around it, they'll say "Oh well, they just fell asleep smoking." or "they were an alcoholic and had so much alcohol in their flesh they were combustible". Neither of those are possible explanations though.
Permalink Reality Check 
January 11th, 2018 7:56pm
"It's very rare but there's still tons of documented cases."

Rare but common. Another mystery!


"It has been attributed to fewer than 200 deaths in history and was famously depicted in Dickens’ Bleak House where the alcoholic Krook combusts with no apparent cause."

"Tons", apparently, means "200 in history" and that one has to rely on fiction for an example.
Permalink Armchair freud 
January 12th, 2018 10:00am
Just one, if true, would be worthy of comment.
Permalink Rafael Sabatini 
January 12th, 2018 10:14am

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