Spooky World

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We live a normal life in a very spooky world full of hoax, mysteries and the unexplainable occurrence. The fact that we live a normal life is strange when you consider the weird happenings that we tend to avoid or forget. One of the weirdest mystery that is yet to be solved is “Spontaneous human Combustion”. Sounds cool or creepy?

We are so fascinated by seeing Human torch light that flame up around his body or Pyro from X-men molding fire to his advantage. Have we ever thought that what if human torch couldn’t control the ignition and what if it burnt him? Call me(and wiki) crazy, but Spontaneous Human Combustion is actually quite like that. Spontaneous combustion occurs when an object -- in the case of spontaneous human combustion, a person -- bursts into flame from a chemical reaction within, apparently without being ignited by an external heat source, so to speak as definition. But the real reason of this scary occurrence is yet to be defined or explained.

There has been many cases of S.H.C.(spontaneous human combustion). But only few have credible witness. Even so, S.H.C. has no valid explanation yet. This spooky feat came into notice after the mysterious death of Dr. John Bentley in Pennsylvania 1966. The remainder of his body suggests he has been burnt to ashes, yet his surrounding and some part of his clothing as well has no sign of burn or catching flame. These cases  either shut down due to lack of any evidence or stack up in the paranormal or supernatural cabinet. As for explanation, there are plenty of “truth out there” but none of them are approved or logically legit yet.

The validity of spontaneous human combustion is viewed with skepticism by the scientific community. But some objects have been scientifically proven to burst into flames without an outside heat source. One example is a pile of oily rags stored together in an open container such as a bucket. As oxygen from the air hits the rags, it can slowly raise their internal temperature high enough to ignite the flammable oil. Piles of hay or straw have also been known to spontaneously combust. When they decompose, the bacteria inside them that orchestrate the decomposition process can generate enough heat to kindle a spark. In the 1800s, Charles Dickens ignited great interest in spontaneous human combustion by using it to kill off a character in his novel "Bleak House." The character, named Krook, was an alcoholic, following the belief at the time that spontaneous human combustion was caused by excessive amounts of alcohol in the body.

Explanations build up around alot of theories. Yet to validate which one is the true cause. Some say its when methane builds up in a human body and is ignited by enzymes. Others say, Static Electricity trapped in human body is the cause. So far the most possible theory around Spontaneous Human Combustion is known as the “Wick” Theory. The theory describes that spontaneous combustion works like a candle. Where you need an external ignition from something and the victims body fat works like the wax of a candle. Thus only the body fat burns off without effecting the surrounding.

Things seem so interesting and cool in movies. As real life experience it take you to a whole new level of creepiness. S.H.C is one of the many unexplained occurrence that happens around us. To some its a myth, to some its science. To me its just another part of our spooky and perfect little world.

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