Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Light my fire

Hello:

The subject came up in a casual conversation. Is there such a thing as spontaneous human combustion?

-- A.V., Golden Hill

Like, you'll be sitting in your lounge chair, watching the Super Bowl, and you'll burst into flames? Jeez, its always something, isn't it? Well maybe you need a quick scan of the family room by one of those feng shui experts. Could be there's a spot for the lounge chair where the ambient vibes are less incendiary. Anyway, I guess I got to with the science guys on this one. Several forensics experts have looked into the lurid tales of old lades reduced to ash, and all can explained with more ordinary if less amusing stories. Most of them involve old folks with limited mobility, cigarettes, and alcohol. None of the SHC victims have burned from the inside out, so the ignition point was on the clothes or surface of the body. Lightning strikes would be a better guess than spontaneous human combustion. And it doesn't take thousands of degrees of heat to burn a body, as most SHC stories claim. These people were cooked a lower temps for long periods of time. Body fat liquefies, and if it soaks into clothing, that might sustain the fire One favorite example of SHC involves a woman who was found dead on her hearth. It takes a true believer to ignore the logical connection between a fireplace and a burned body. One SHC investigator theorizes there is a subatomic particle in our cells that he calls a pyrotron that can automatically light our fire. But how nice as you sit in your cube, replaying the tape in which your boss vanishes in a big ball of spontaneous fire.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

San Diego's punk music, goodbye to Lennon

Reader writers tell favorite music
Next Article

Nathan Fletcher's viral propaganda push

County supervisor to pack staff with video maker, social media star

Hello:

The subject came up in a casual conversation. Is there such a thing as spontaneous human combustion?

-- A.V., Golden Hill

Like, you'll be sitting in your lounge chair, watching the Super Bowl, and you'll burst into flames? Jeez, its always something, isn't it? Well maybe you need a quick scan of the family room by one of those feng shui experts. Could be there's a spot for the lounge chair where the ambient vibes are less incendiary. Anyway, I guess I got to with the science guys on this one. Several forensics experts have looked into the lurid tales of old lades reduced to ash, and all can explained with more ordinary if less amusing stories. Most of them involve old folks with limited mobility, cigarettes, and alcohol. None of the SHC victims have burned from the inside out, so the ignition point was on the clothes or surface of the body. Lightning strikes would be a better guess than spontaneous human combustion. And it doesn't take thousands of degrees of heat to burn a body, as most SHC stories claim. These people were cooked a lower temps for long periods of time. Body fat liquefies, and if it soaks into clothing, that might sustain the fire One favorite example of SHC involves a woman who was found dead on her hearth. It takes a true believer to ignore the logical connection between a fireplace and a burned body. One SHC investigator theorizes there is a subatomic particle in our cells that he calls a pyrotron that can automatically light our fire. But how nice as you sit in your cube, replaying the tape in which your boss vanishes in a big ball of spontaneous fire.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

The Truth: no better suited than Catherine Deneuve

Hers truly is an imitation of life.
Next Article

Interact with Animals, On the Harbor with Hard Kombucha, Interior Design Home Tours

Events July 9-July 11, 2020
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close