Discovering Spontaneous Human Combustion
Spontaneous Human Combustion is something I’ve truly wondered about in the past: is it real or not real? And if it’s real, why or how does it happen?
The following video shows some cases:
Basically, spontaneous human combustion means the “burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition”. Worldwide, 200 cases have been reported over a 300 years. Explanations are often paranormal of nature (for instance, the combustion was caused by a ghost or was a form of divine intervention), or natural based on an unknown or unobserved phenomenon (i.e. raised levels of blood alcohol would cause the ignition). Another view is that the ignition was caused by the victim itself, for instance by dropping a cigarette.
Objections to the natural explanations often refer to the degree of burning of the body relative to its surroundings. In spontaneous human combustion, the body, or part of it, suffers an unusual large degree of burning, with the surroundings or lower limbs comparatively undamaged.
I’m personally not sure whether to believe this is something that actually exists. I guess the evidence is convincing, but still…
What do you think? Is spontaneous combustion real or not real?