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Twisted Tuesdays: Spontaneous Human Combustion

by Tracy Vanity

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One of the most bizarre medical anomalies, spontaneous human combustion is when someone suddenly bursts into flame from within. Typically only the body remains burned even if flammable material is nearby. The cause for this has yet to be explained but it is certain that the fat in our bodies are highly flammable, so once that “inner fire” ignites, we’re toast!

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Most skeptics blame cigarette accidents for this phenomena but not everyone agrees…

According to self-proclaimed “parascientist,” Larry E. Arnold, there have been 200 known cases of spontaneous human combustion in the past 300 years. He even wrote a book about it:

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The latest case of alleged SHC happened this past February when an 65-year-old Oklahoma man by the name of Danny Vanzandt was found burned to death in his home after reportedly burning for 10 hours. Nothing else caught on fire and police and autopsy reports ruled out homicide but not SHC.

You can read about 10 cases of spontaneous human combustion via io9. Also How Stuff Works has a greatly detailed article on the subject.

This documentary on SHC is rather informative and entertaining if you wish to know more about spontaneous human combustion, and who doesn’t?

So actual Bizarro paranormal phenomena or simply a freak accident? You decide…

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