Thursday, September 22, 2011

Death Coaster - What a Way to Go

Julijonas Urbonas, a Lithuanian PhD candidate at London's Royal College of Art has designed a roller coaster to kill the rider. Those who want to end their lives, but not do it themselves, are normally given few options (lethal injection is legal in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and apparently the US states of Oregon and Washington).

Urbonas wants to change that and give the person wishing to die the ride of their lives before the end. He's designed a "Euthanasia Coaster", which would climb to 1,600 feet and drop the person into a corkscrew of loops that would produce 12-Gs of force, enough gravity to kill someone, but leave them with a sense of euphoria on their way out of the world.

Leave it to a Lithuanian to design such a thing. (I say this because I'm half Lithuanian. haha)  To read about Urbonas's idea in detail, go here.  You can also read about it on Wikepedia.

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