Is It Just Me Or Is It HOT In Here Spontaneous Combustion an Unsolved Mystery
Unexplainable Phenomenon Spontaneous Human Combustion
Spontaneous Human Combustion has always intrigued me. It is such a horrific thought that a body can just go up in flames with no explanation.
Imagine walking home from work.....It's a nice day, birds singing, sun shining. You stop in a local bakery to buy a fresh loaf of bread. Continuing forth towards home, you stop and wave to others. Then suddenly you notice smoke coming from your feet ! ! ! Yikes ! In no pain, but very frightened you panic. Start running ! Oh My ! Your body goes up in flames ! All that's left is a loaf of toast. WOW ! ! Scary !
Although spontaneous human combustion, or SHC, has been investigated and researched for many, many years. There seems to be no logical explanation. No theories or hypotheses support enough evidence for any explanation. One theory is, " The Wick Effect ". This explanation is that clothing soaks up melted human fat and acts like a candle wick. Another is The static Electricity theory. Which is that the body holds so much static electricity that it actually ignites itself. Both of these theories have no proven evidence to support them. The body holds a large amount of water and lacks any highly flammable compounds. It would seem to be nearly impossible for this to happen. Tell this to Jack Angel, a survivor of SHC.
In 1974, Jack went to sleep after a hard day of work and woke up four days later.He was covered with severe blistered burns. His right wrist and hand were severely burned, he had a very large "hole" In his chest ( burned from the inside out), and his back was covered with several burned spots. He felt no pain at all. His clothing had absolutely no damage. There was no evidence of a fire and no evidence of smoke. Disoriented and in shock, he got up, changed his clothing and walked to work. when he arrived there he collapsed on the floor. After waking in a nearby hospital, he was in extreme agonizing pain.The doctors were stumped. It appeared as if the fire started inside the tissue of his right hand. This hand became infected and had to eventually be amputated. No logical explanation. Impossible, right ? What could have possibly caused such severe burns, while his clothing and home remained untouched?
Mary Hardy Reeser was not as lucky as Jack Angel. In 1951 Mary's remains were found in her apartment. She was burned so badly, that all that remained was a pile of ashes, her left foot ( still wearing a slipper ), and the remains of her chair. Her skull was found among the ashes. If the thought of going up in flames doesn't freak you out enough this will. Her skull had shrunk. Not just a little, but to the size of a tea cup ! ! ! ! This is not a usual happening found among SHC victims. Not that SHC is "normal " and shrunken head syndrome in any circumstance is...uh...anything but "normal " ! Her apartment showed very little evidence of fire or smoke damage. The incredibly high temperature of heat it takes to cremate a body is so extreme it is impossible for there to be no signs of a fire, no damage at all. Impossible, yet it happened.
Spontaneous Human Combustion has baffled many a doctor, many an investigator, and many a scientist. Still to this day SHC goes unexplained. It is one of many unsolved mysteries of life. Is it just me, or is it hot in here ? ! !