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Swedish man bursts into flames at train station.

#1  Postby Soral » Jul 02, 2014 5:59 pm

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#2  Postby BlackBart » Jul 02, 2014 7:30 pm

Nasty. :ill:
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#3  Postby kennyc » Jul 02, 2014 7:46 pm

pics or it didn't happen.....

musta been hot to trot.....

or he had a defective suicide vest....

or....

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#4  Postby Varangian » Jul 02, 2014 9:12 pm

Funny - that thing didn't make the news here in Sweden AFAIK.
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#5  Postby kennyc » Jul 02, 2014 10:00 pm

Varangian wrote:Funny - that thing didn't make the news here in Sweden AFAIK.


Clearly a government conspiracy suppressing the information. ;)
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#6  Postby Veida » Jul 02, 2014 10:28 pm

It did make the news, both Göteborgsposten and Aftonbladet. Nov 21, 2011.
The local news say they found the man burning, not that he spontaneously burst into flames.
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#7  Postby Veida » Jul 02, 2014 10:29 pm

Made the TV news as well, and Expressen.
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#8  Postby Templeton » Jul 02, 2014 10:31 pm

I'm betting on spontaneous combustion
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#9  Postby campermon » Jul 02, 2014 10:34 pm

Templeton wrote:I'm betting on spontaneous combustion


I'll take your bet.

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#10  Postby Veida » Jul 02, 2014 10:42 pm

I'm betting on a homeless person that somehow managed to accidentally set himself on fire. This was end of November, so there was some incentive to get an external source of heat.
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#11  Postby Varangian » Jul 02, 2014 10:48 pm

Veida wrote:It did make the news, both Göteborgsposten and Aftonbladet. Nov 21, 2011.
The local news say they found the man burning, not that he spontaneously burst into flames.


Ah, now I saw the date of publication. Old as fuck, that. Wonder why the OP saw fit to drag up something that happened over 2½ years ago. Googled it, and found the old news item, but thought that the OP referred to something recent. On Flashback, there was speculation that he was a wino who fumbled with a bottle of ethanol.
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#12  Postby scott1328 » Jul 02, 2014 10:48 pm

Veida wrote:I'm betting on a homeless person that somehow managed to accidentally set himself on fire. This was end of November, so there was some incentive to get an external source of heat.

As if. Now how likely is it to be cold in Sweden in November?
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#13  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jul 02, 2014 11:10 pm

Why does the article jump immediately into spontaneous human combustion? I can name several common ways people can (and do) catch on fire before resorting to unsupported bullshit: Cigarette lighter malfunction, faulty phone battery, flicked cigarette ember, etc...
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#14  Postby Veida » Jul 02, 2014 11:20 pm

scott1328 wrote:
Veida wrote:I'm betting on a homeless person that somehow managed to accidentally set himself on fire. This was end of November, so there was some incentive to get an external source of heat.

As if. Now how likely is it to be cold in Sweden in November?

Well this was in Gothenburg, they do have pretty wimpy winters down there. Now that I think of it.
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#15  Postby patient zero » Jul 02, 2014 11:55 pm

Varangian wrote:Ah, now I saw the date of publication. Old as fuck, that. Wonder why the OP saw fit to drag up something that happened over 2½ years ago. Googled it, and found the old news item, but thought that the OP referred to something recent. On Flashback, there was speculation that he was a wino who fumbled with a bottle of ethanol.

The link is being spammed on other forums by a spontaneous human combustion zealot.

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Re: Swedish man bursts into flames at train station.

#16  Postby Soral » Jul 03, 2014 3:30 am

I'm a regular on SciForums, which is how I found the article. I didn't know it was old, I thought it was new since it was posted on SciForums today. Funny how many people still believe in spontaneous combustion, eh?

I have this fluffy winter coat that I always wear when it's cold -- I wear a polyester vest under it. When I take it off, you can hear it from outside the room. I don't intentionally ruffle my coat, but that static electricity had to have came from somewhere.

Is is too unlikely that this unfortunate man just so happened to be one of those people who wore the wrong thing on the wrong day? Some people seem to be more susceptible than others at generating a charge on their clothing. Lightning is a form of static electricity and that can and has caused fires. :P

Wasn't there a case long ago, about a man's jacket spontaneously combusting after it accumulated too much static? I think the bloke was there for a job interview, my memory is hazy, correct me if I'm wrong. :coffee:
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#17  Postby Varangian » Jul 03, 2014 8:04 am

Someone more conversant in physics than me can probably calculate the electric discharge needed to reach the flashpoint for, say, nylon or polyester, but it sounds a bit farfetched. If it was possible, it would be more common in colder climes.
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#18  Postby Veida » Jul 03, 2014 8:32 am

This was in Gothenburg, though. On the west coast right at the sea. So the air would have been pretty humid even in winter. Static electricity therefore seems unlikely.
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#19  Postby BlackBart » Jul 03, 2014 9:03 am

Soral wrote:
Wasn't there a case long ago, about a man's jacket spontaneously combusting after it accumulated too much static? I think the bloke was there for a job interview, my memory is hazy, correct me if I'm wrong. :coffee:


That's not spontaneous combustion. Static causes a spark which is an external ignition source.
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#20  Postby Darwinsbulldog » Jul 03, 2014 9:07 am

Templeton wrote:I'm betting on spontaneous combustion

If the pp O2 was 30% or more, then OK. Unlikely though.
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