The “Euthanasia Coaster” is Designed to Kill You
March 1, 2012 1 Comment
If you have ever experienced a basic roller coaster, you probably remember that slow climb up to the top before making your way down a steep drop. Now imagine making your way up and knowing that this roller coaster will end your life.
Sounds pretty scary, right?
Lithuanian designer Julijonas Urbonas envisions such a roller coaster, and for some strange reason it might become a reality.
According to Urbonas, the “Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely — with elegance and euphoria — take the life of a human being.”
The ride last for what might be the longest (and last) 3 minutes of your life. It begins with a very long and slow climb to the top (about a third of a mile). On the way up a 1600 foot climb, the riders have time to re-think their decision, or reminisce about their lives. The long climb is followed by a massive fall which turns into 7 deadly loops. Traveling at a speed of 223 mph, the drop and the loops combined take a total of one minute. The gravitation force that is created by this combination is lethal.
Urbonas said that he was inspired by his love for amusement parks and his PhD study. He explains that the roller coaster isn’t just about death. It is more of an art to him and he defines it as an “Euthanasia system that offers a person an artful departure from the world.”
Seems pretty ridiculous to me!
To me he sounds like Dr.Kevorkian with a little touch of excitement. He is basically assisting people with suicide which is something Jack Kevorkian did. Instead of a physician-assisted suicide, this roller coaster can be considered an attraction-assisted suicide.
Basically, people who choose to ride the roller coaster will experience cerebral hypoxia. This is something that happens to people when they fly at high altitudes or deep-water dive.
Urbonas explains what a person would experience:
“if you are lucky, or rather g-force-resistant enough to be awake [after the initial fall], your vision may blur, lose color (greyout) and peripheral sight (tunnel vision), even disappear completely (blackout) together with hearing. Eventually, this experience — accompanied with disorientation, anxiety, confusion, and, most importantly, euphoria — is crowned with GLOC (G-force induced Loss Of Consciousness), during which the body is completely limp and vivid bizarre dreams occur such as being in a maze and unable to get out, or floating in a white space, not knowing who you are, why you are here, etc.”
This euphoria seems pretty intense and some may want to experience it, but the part where you die at the end is not that appealing.
He tries to make his idea sound somewhat sane when he explains one of the coasters features:
“The rider has a few minutes to contemplate his decision and his life in retrospect. He would find enough time to adapt to the height and get through a series of imaginary fatal falls, while realizing that the objects on the ground are getting smaller…The slightest movement of the car would trigger intense heart-beating and goosebumps and most importantly it would test your decision. Therefore the very top of the tower is an ideal place to give the very last word.”
I don’t buy it at all.
If this roller coaster is built, expect a great amount of lawsuits against it. Although Euthanasia is legal in Lithuania, the coasters inhumane nature will cause too many problems. My prediction is that Euthanasia will actually be made illegal if this attraction is built.
Dr.Kevorkian thought he had a good idea until he was put in jail for 8 years. Personally, I believe it is a terrible idea, and it would only add to the stupidity of the human race.
Source: Discovery News