Suicide By Roller Coaster Ride

Roller coaster of death
Roller coaster of death | Source

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.

Empire State Building - 102 stories tall
Empire State Building - 102 stories tall | Source

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.

One-Passenger Seat of Death
One-Passenger Seat of Death

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.

Seven loops of death
Seven loops of death | Source

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?

 g-force effects
g-force effects | Source

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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.

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Jakebrap 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

Pretty interesting idea - which of course is all it is. I don't see it happening any time in the next decade or two, but who knows what will happen further down the proverbial tracks!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

If nothing else, it will be modified to stopping one step short of death. A lot of these new thrill rides are pretty much there already. Thanks for visiting! :)


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow. This is incredibly disturbing and I hope it never comes to be. A very good and informative hub. Voted up.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

It really is disturbing. It truly amazes me that people can conjure up these kinds of things. Thanks for visiting, voting, and sharing your thoughts.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

I absolutely love roller coasters but this is disturbing. I'll certainly not give this a 2nd thought on my next roller coaster ride though. Urbonas has made an attempt at fusing euphoria and suicide perhaps for his coursework at London's Royal College of Art. I cannot seem to wrap my (little) mind around the cause of it's creation, even if only on paper at this point.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

The human mind is a fascinating thing. It would be interesting to know what motivated Urbonas to develop this ghastly idea. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I am already terrified of roller coasters.. but wow. I can see how this works. I have often wondered if people could have heart attacks on rollercoasters. Very scary thought. The admission price is a little high. :) Great hub!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I have never heard of this. Wow! I'm amazed what motivates some people. Great hub!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

That's what I would call "one heck of a ride!" This would be good for the thrill seeker. It never ceases to amaze me how some people think.


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Cow Flipper 4 years ago from Southern Oregon

Innovative and thought provoking. Nice job here, I had never heard of this concept but it is interesting. Good article I'm giving you an up vote a useful and interesting. Thanks for this article.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi Tammy, I'm a little chicken myself when it comes to roller coasters. I like the kiddie ones...lol. I don't think I would make it up the track to the summit without first hyperventilating, passing out, or having a heart attack. They could just stop the thing right there, roll me back down, and call it a day. Thanks for stopping by! ;-)


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi Kelley, it definitely is amazing what ideas people dream up. Thank you for visiting and for sharing your thoughts.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Thank you so much, Cow Flipper. I appreciate it!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi Sunshine, too thrilling for me, that's for sure. I like to stay on the ground...lol. Thanks for visiting. ;-)


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

What can I say, I guess someone had to do it! lol. No matter how often you think you've seen everything, you really haven't!

Thanks for SHARING.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi Brett ~ Isn't that the truth? Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!


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rLcasaLme 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Very disturbing. My hands are shaking while typing. How could they have thought of this? Did they really enjoy designing this?


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Yes, it is also difficult for me to wrap my mind around this concept. Some people just seem to be preoccupied with death, but this takes it to the extreme. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts!


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

This made the hair stand up on the back of my neck...I mean..really? What WILL they think of next! Roller coasters make me sick anyhow, so the thought of this one...well...yucchh!

However, this was a great and well written hub. Voted up and interesting.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi, TimeTraveler2! I don't know what people out there are thinking, but ideas like this sure make one wonder. Hmm...just had a morbid thought pop into my mind. I wonder, if when designing this thing, if they calculated the possibility of the g-force literally propelling the single car off the track while spinning around in one of the seven loops? If this were to happen, who knows where the car and the rider could end up, on the moon, in somebody's backyard, crashing into your neighborhood McDonald's?

Thank you for sharing your comments and votes!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

really fascinating hub. I always figured I'd use a train if I ever wanted to commit suicide, but, perhaps a roller coaster would be funner... up and shared!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Well, this was an interesting subject, sort of. The initial image was disturbing to me because I don't like roller coasters at all, ever and never.


Sooner28 4 years ago

Hmmm. I'm in favor of assisted suicide and euthanasia for the terminally ill, but I don't know about this. To be consistent, we would probably also have to legalize the ability of doctors to kill healthy people simply because they no longer wish to live. Not sure I could support that. Very interesting though.


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hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

Wow. Very disturbing, but interesting, I suppose. Just really, massively distrubing too. Not the way I would chose to go! That would be like a nightmare.


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twaggoner 4 years ago

While I agree with the individuals rights to euthanasia, I am a little put off by this. A quiet dignified manner is way different than having a death coaster on the skyline.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This still gives me goosebumps. Heck.. I get scared on the Scooby Doo kids coaster at Carowinds.. LOL!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

PDXKaraokeGuy: Let's hope you never get the chance to experience the "fun" of this ride. Glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks for the votes and shares!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

ytsenoh: I would have to agree with you, equally interesting and disturbing at the same time. I take it you voted no? :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts, much appreciated!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Sooner28: You bring up a very interesting analogy. Let's hope neither of the two come to fruition (death by roller coaster or allowing doctors to kill healthy people). Thank you for contributing your thoughts! :)


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

hecate-horus: I just can't imagine anyone wanting to end their life in this manner. It seems more like a thrill kill to me! Thank you for your sharing your thoughts.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

twaggoner: I agree with you completely. Some people have too much time on their hands and come up with some really whacked out ideas! Thank you for your comments.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Tammy: You're too funny! I have to agree, though. I prefer rides that keep me on the ground, not the ones catapulting me into eternity! Thanks for visiting! :)


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Ana Teixeira 4 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

Very very interesting hub. I would definitely NOT ride this rollercoaster. also, I believe that this is assisted suicide, but if he didn't include an option to turn back, then it might escalate to murder. And this, my friend, is why i would skydive before riding a rollercoaster xD. Voted up. awesome and interesting and sharing on Fb if you don't mind! =)


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

OMG, this reminds me of the sci-fi novel "Disaster Park." The ride would fit right in. Rated Up and all but funny.


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bill yon 4 years ago from sourcewall

And the sad thing about this is the person will have to pay for it.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Ana Teixeira: Thank you for your insightful comments. Glad you found the hub interesting as well. Please feel free to share wherever you would like. Much appreciated! Thank you also for the votes! :)


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Patty Inglish, MS: I have not heard of "Disaster Park," but now you have sparked my curiosity. I must follow up on this. Thanks for the votes!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

bill yon: Good point! I guess I was so intrigued with the actual concept of this idea that I hadn't given this any thought. Hmm...wonder what Urbonas would charge for a "death" ride? Thank you for your comment! :)


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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

I find intense roller coasters relaxing... but this, no thanks. first of all, my father took his own life and the scars he left on his children still open and bleed 38 years later. i think suicide is often a selfish act... to do it, abandon the people who love you, AND feel euphoria is even stranger. "Hey kids, I don't love you enough to stay alive, and I'm going out in a way that will give me pleasure."


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

shea duane: I completely agree with you that suicide is a very selfish way out, and I am so sorry you had to experience the pain of losing your father this way. Thank you for taking the time to contribute your thoughts on this very controversial subject! :)


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woodamarc 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I'm not sure about the pleasant part, it seems like the G's would simply snap your neck. Think I'll stick with the aging gracefully game as long as possible and hope to die piecefully in my bed, or something I love doing when the time comes. Although this unique concept is interesting, it's disturbing to say the least. This is definitely not for me. But thanks for sharing a different perspective in ways to do away with yourself for which I could have not imagined otherwise.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Thank you for visiting and contributing your thoughts! I agree with you. There are certainly more pleasant ways to go, and this would definitely not be a route I would personally choose!


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Cara.R 4 years ago from New York

I just lost a close and dear friend to sucide and if I have to hear or read the word selfish again, I may vomit. People don't understand major depression, people who commit sucide are ill, not selfish.


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Cow Flipper 4 years ago from Southern Oregon

Sorry that you had to go through that Cara.R.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Cara.R: My sincere condolences on your loss.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Cow Flipper: Thank you for stopping by! :)


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Cow Flipper 4 years ago from Southern Oregon

Sorry HubTub yeah I check back to see who's been commenting. Very controversial subject. :)


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

No need for any apology. Thanks for checking in. Stop by any time! :)


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Duffee 4 years ago

I love coasters-- but I hope this never sees the light of day.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

My sentiments, exactly! :)


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Vampsdes 4 years ago from Missouri, US

This is unreal! I suppose if someone had nobody in the world the cared for or who cared for them, this could be an option. But I would think one would want to be surrounded by family and loved ones in their last moments. I know my loved one's faces are the last thing I would like to see. Very interesting hub, voted up!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi, Vampsdes: Thanks for stopping by and reading. In this day and age, I guess we never know what is in store for us next. I just hope this idea never comes to fruition! Thanks, also, for the vote!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Uh, that didn't look like euphoria in the photos. They say sometimes hanged men get an erection too but it's one i could do without, same with the roller coaster ride of death. Awesome morbid story you found here HubTub; what won't they think of next!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi, Alastar: I would have to agree, no signs of euphoric expression here, more like extreme terror, suffering, and pain! People these days sure do dream up some crazy schemes, that's for certain.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great and interesting hub, and the sad part is that people will line up to do this . Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

How bizzare is this? is this guy smoking a funny weed or something. Yikes, I am not in on this. Great hub!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

@kashmir56: I agree; there definitely are people out there that would indeed partake in this thrill kill. Thanks for your comments and votes!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

@Minnetonka Twin: Ha! Perhaps a little wacky tobacco is indeed to blame for this most disturbing invention. One never knows. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Very interesting article. I figure a person's life is there's to do with or end as they please, but I'm pretty sure a lot of people would chicken out at the summit. Still, it is a very expensive way to go, therefore if it was ever to be built, it would probably only be utilized by rich eccentrics.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

Hi, Sharkye11: I agree with you in that only the very wealthy would be most likely to afford this. As far as chickening out, if one were to resist pushing the "fall" button at the summit, I don't know what would happen, as Urbonas did not clearly indicate a way out. What would be even scarier is to think that there was no way out, and that regardless of pushing the "fall" button or not, a secret timer was running in the background. After a time of indecision, the occupant would then start descending to their death, whether they liked it or not!


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

That would be pretty sick for sure. *shudder*. Even worse is to think of there being a button to allow you to change your mind and return to the bottom, safely, but what if it glitched? Technology malfunctions all the time.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

So true! We must remember technology is never fail proof. One glitch here and one would lose more than a simple blog post or comment!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Chances are I'd have a heart attack halfway up the tower. But before that, Urbano is one imaginative person. Death by roller coaster is one of a kind.


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State Author

I totally agree with you, jpcmc, on all points! Thank you for visiting.


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Larry Rankin 14 months ago from Oklahoma

Interesting and bizarre. I like roller coasters, but I thing I'll give these a pass;-)

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