Epi 10: Spontaneous Human Combustion

WTF Moments:

  • There have been over 200 deaths caused by spontaneous combustion in the past 300 years- Like cause of death was listed as spontaneous combustion…
  • Under regular circumstances, the human body, which is made up of 60-70 percent water, simply does not possess the elements needed to combust — high heat and flammable material.
  • Experts can attest that fires burning so hot as to turn human bone to ash don’t leave surrounding areas untouched, yet SCH occurs without the rest of the room or surroundings going up in flames.
  • One of the most famous cases involved Mary Reeser, an elderly woman found by her landlady when she saw smoke and noticed the door handle was hot. When the police entered her apartment, Mary’s body was completely burnt except for one leg.
  • The most recent case was reported in 2010 to Michael Faherty in Galway, Ireland. The coroner declared his death to be due to spontaneous combustion considering that there was no other apparent cause.

What we’re drinking tonight: “Fire Fatties” – 1 part fireball, 1 part Rumchata (Homemade Rumchata Recipe included)



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