Euthanasia by Roller Coaster

I kid you not. What a bizarre world we live in…

Want to enjoy the ride of your life along with the last ride of your life?

That’s what Julijonas Urbonas envisions with his Euthanasia Coaster. The three-minute ride involves a long, slow, climb — nearly a third of a mile long — that lifts one up to a height of more than 1,600 feet, followed by a massive fall and seven strategically sized and placed loops.

The final descent and series of loops take all of one minute. But the gravitational force — 10 Gs — from the spinning loops at 223 miles per hour in that single minute is lethal.

According to Urbonas,

(the) “Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely — with elegance and euphoria — take the life of a human being.”

Urbonas sees it as both an intellectual and artful departure from the world, one that isn’t about the paperwork and medical issues of the current euthanasia system.

How do you turn a rollercoaster ride into a “meaningful” death?

Urbonas has built in a long, slow trek to the top before the first fall. In fact, of the three-minute ride, two minutes are devoted to the climb. Urbonas writes:

“…The rider has a few minutes to contemplate his decision and his life in retrospect. He would find enough time to adapt to the height and get through a series of imaginary fatal falls, while realizing that the objects on the ground are getting smaller…The slightest movement of the car would trigger intense heart-beating and goosebumps and most importantly it would test your decision. Therefore the very top of the tower is an ideal place to give the very last word.”

More (with video) at Discovery News: Suicide by Roller Coaster


4 comments on “Euthanasia by Roller Coaster

  1. My oh My oh My……..Where are you finding this stuff pj?
    I’m thinking John Mcenroe had it right ‘you cannot be serious’!

    • Sylvia, it seems to find me, 🙂

      Once in awhile a day comes along when the craziest stories are all over the internet. This was one of those days.

  2. If that doesn’t measure up to this verse, I don’t know what does?

    1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, …”.

    • I don’t know, the verse implies that one must depart. I don’t see this as anything new, death cults have been around since the dawn of man’s attempt to rule as vice roy to Sin.

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