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http://news.discovery.com/tech/euthanasia-sucicide-rollercoaster-ride-110919.html

<No, it's not real - yet>

Want to enjoy the ride of your life along with the last ride of your life? That's what Julijonas Urbonas envisions with his Euthanasia Coaster.

The three-minute ride involves a long, slow, climb -- nearly a third of a mile long -- that lifts one up to a height of more than 1,600 feet, followed by a massive fall and seven strategically sized and placed loops. The final descent and series of loops take all of one minute. But the gravitational force -- 10 Gs -- from the spinning loops at 223 miles per hour in that single minute is lethal.

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."

While the thought of merging the fun (and perhaps fear) of a rollercoaster with suicide, doesn't occur to most people, it was a no-brainer for designer Urbonas: "Briefly put, [the inspiration was] my PhD study and my long-term affair with amusement parks," he said via email to Discovery News.

Urbonas, who once worked at an amusement park in his native Lithuania, is a PhD candidate in London's Royal College of Art's Design Interactions department. He considers this research in "Gravitational Aesthetics."



That's because Euthanasia Coaster isn't simply meant to be about death. Urbonas sees it as both an intellectual and artful departure from the world, one that isn't about the paperwork and medical issues of the current euthanasia system. The few places where voluntary euthanasia is legal include: Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington.

"There is no special ritual, nor is death given special meaning except that of the legal procedures and psychological preparation. It is like death is divorced from our cultural life…" Urbonas writes. "…But if it is already legal, why not to make it more meaningful?"

How do you turn a rollercoaster ride into a "meaningful" death? Urbonas has built in a long, slow trek to the top before the first fall. In fact, of the three-minute ride, two minutes are devoted to the climb. Urbonas writes: "…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."



And that's when the rider is required to make the ultimate life decision: choose to continue living or push the "FALL" button and die.


So how exactly does one physically die by rollercoaster? The science behind it is pretty simple: spin fast enough and hard enough and your brain won't get enough oxygen to keep functioning. The vertical rolls of the coaster would essentially create enough centrifugal force on the body that the blood rushes down in the body instead of up to the brain.

The condition has a name: It's called cerebral hypoxia. And it's often a side effect of other activities like deep-water diving, flying at high altitudes in an unpressurized cabin, or even exercising at high altitudes.

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Sounds pretty stupid to be honest. I suppose it would be the perfect ride for all the depressed, crying in the corner morons that's too scared to put the knife in them, or want to try something different.

Ugh.
 

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Pfft, he should take my advice after playing Rollercoaster Tycoon: no-one wants to go on a roller-coaster of death. :side:
 

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Pfft, he should take my advice after playing Rollercoaster Tycoon: no-one wants to go on a roller-coaster of death. :side:
Did you buy your plane ticket to get to this place and ride this coaster? It's really your only other option at this point besides a permanent stay in the psychiatric ward. The mental suffering you have taken over the last week or so is too unbearable.
 

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That sounds like a brilliant way to die, if I knew that I was going to die sometie in the near future, I would take that roller coaster instead.
 

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Did you buy your plane ticket to get to this place and ride this coaster? It's really your only other option at this point besides a permanent stay in the psychiatric ward. The mental suffering you have taken over the last week or so is too unbearable.
 

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Lol. Beaten by the Roller-coaster Tycoon references.

That seems ridiculously fun, apart from the dying thing. That's not fun.
 

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Suicidal people are gonna have to get more creative if they wanna top this. That gunshot to the head bullshit isn't going to cut it anymore.
 

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I swear to god Urbonas had developed a coaster that was the closest to death simulation, until I realized that he doesn't intend to simulate death, but create it.

It looks so fun too.
 

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I don't know why someone would choose anything other than a bullet to the head. Why fucking bother?

But I guess if you wanted to be creative, the coolest way to go out would be by great white shark. Fuck a roller coaster.
 

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So basically he created something that will either make you a retard for the rest of your life (high possibility) or kill you (low possibility).

What a fucking mook.

And a big Ha-HAAAAAA to if this actually comes to light and a majority of people who end up riding it become mentally disabled to the point where they couldn't kill themselves even if they still wanted to.
 

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So basically he created something that will either make you a retard for the rest of your life (high possibility) or kill you (low possibility).

What a fucking mook.

And a big Ha-HAAAAAA to if this actually comes to light and a majority of people who end up riding it become mentally disabled to the point where they couldn't kill themselves even if they still wanted to.
Hey Mr Wise Guy, the coaster's going to submit you to 10Gs of G-Force. It's designed to kill you. Are you some top scientist well versed in G-Forces that you can throw out a statement that the coaster won't kill you?
 

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Wouldn't like to be the guy that cleans the dead bodies at the end of it.
Well, the dead body (it's a one person ride or the go back option won't work for more than one) will probably be in one piece, which is definitely cleaner than anyone seeking to go out by a bullet.
 

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Hey Mr Wise Guy, the coaster's going to submit you to 10Gs of G-Force. It's designed to kill you. Are you some top scientist well versed in G-Forces that you can throw out a statement that the coaster won't kill you?
Excuse me, that man is a poster on an internet forum, of course he is an expert on everything.
 
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