Suicide By Roller Coaster Ride
With all the recent hype regarding the end of mankind as we know it, predicted for December 21, 2012, there could be a quicker and more pleasurable way out, at least for roller coaster enthusiasts. If Julijonas Urbonas had anything to say about it, his scaled model of the Euthanasia Coaster would be up and running, ready for anyone willing to take the plunge and end their own life. Yes, you heard it correctly! There's a new suicide roller coaster in the making, incapable of defying gravity, with a sole purpose of extinguishing human life.
Ride to the Summit
In 2010, Lithuanian architect and engineer Julijonas Urbonas, an amusement park enthusiast and developer since childhood, scaled a model of what he dubbed the Euthanasia Coaster. Specifically designed to end one's life, this suicide roller coaster begins by languidly ascending up an approximately 1760-foot track. It then abruptly comes to a halt, leaving its occupant sitting atop the summit, a height of approximately 1600 feet, just 150 feet shy of the Empire State Building, The entire duration of this suicide ride is 3 minutes, with the first 2 minutes dedicated to reaching the summit. Apparently, it is at this moment, sitting atop what Urbonas refers to as the drop tower, that the occupant has one last chance to reflect upon life, render any final words and thoughts, and then ultimately make the decision as to whether to forge ahead. (Urbonas failed to state whether he had devised a last-minute plan to allow the occupant to bail out.) If the occupant does choose to make a go of it, a trigger, deemed the fall button, is pushed, at which time there is no turning back.
Plunge of Death
It is during this next and final phase, a one-minute plunge down the roller coaster tracks of death, that the occupant is finished off for good. As the roller coaster car begins to rapidly descend, it traverses through seven consecutive gyrating loops, reaching a speed of approximately 220 miles per hour, attaining a gravitational pull of 10g, which invokes death by way of hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain). Due to the intense spinning and centrifugal force, all the blood in the occupant's body is pushed down into the lower extremities. Without systemic circulation of blood back to the brain, the brain essentially suffocates and dies.
Suicide by Euphoria
Urbonas explains death, by way of his Euthanasia Coaster, as euphoric. The effects of the suicide ride go something like this. While speeding through the torturous loops, the occupant may experience blurred vision, disorientation, a feeling of euphoria, and finally an eventual loss of consciousness, leading to death. Urbonas goes on to further state the euphoric feelings experienced by the occupant during the final fall to death as pleasing and meaningful. According to Urbonas, the first and second loops of the Euthanasia Coaster are almost sure to kill its occupant; however, if these loops fail to do the trick, the remaining loops would effectively result in the occupant's final demise. Finally, Urbonas states that pilots who experience g-force intensity, the kind emanated in his Euthanasia Coaster, are typically only exposed for mere seconds. However, in the instance of the Euthanasia Coaster, the occupant would sustain the identical g-force effects for an entire minute. With only scientific facts supporting the effects of what might happen during a one-minute 10g journey to death, as it is impossible for anybody to live to tell about their experience, how do we really know what kind of horrific effects this suicide roller coaster could potentially have on the human mind and body?
Suicide or Murder
While assisted suicide (euthanasia) is legal in the states of Washington and Oregon, as well as in many other countries, one has to wonder if suicide by roller coaster is in fact a humane manner of death, as Urbonas so eloquently maintains.
Would you really want to say goodbye to your loved one, watch them jump aboard a roller coaster, and then witness their final plunge to death? I would think the incredible anxiety experienced during the two-minute, 1760-foot climb alone would be sufficient enough to kill anyone, long before the so-called euphoria, pleasures, and thrills of gravitational force.
What is really disturbing is that Urbonas eludes to the idea of using this death machine in the future as a means to solving potential problems with overpopulation. Is this not murder? Will our theme parks eventually become the Nazi camps of the future? If and when the Euthanasia Coaster ever does come to fruition, perhaps using it as a means of execution, by way of the death penalty, might be a better alternative.
Final Thoughts: The next time you visit your local theme park, think twice before you jump aboard your favorite roller coaster. Proceed with caution if you see signs warning of brain suffocation and imminent death. It might very well be the last ride of your life.
- Projects - Euthanasia Coaster - Julijonas Urbonas
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