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Suicide is a very serious - and divisive issue - and I would never try to make light of it, but if I ever did decide to slip off this mortal coil on my own terms, I think I've found the way I want to go.

Recently I was lost in the black hole that is Wikipedia hyperlinks, when I came across something totally insane: The Euthanasia Roller Coaster.

Now, when I first read about it, I have to admit that I thought it would look a little something like this...

But it turns out the truth behind it is a lot more disturbing.

Death by G-force

The Euthanasia Coaster is the brainchild of Julijonas Urbonas, a conceptual artist who wanted to create a ride that would take lives "with elegance and euphoria." He was inspired to create this adrenaline-fuelled killing machine by John Allen - president of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company - who wanted to create the "ultimate" roller coaster: one that "sends out 24 people and they all come back dead"

And this is what he came up with:

Death by g-force
Death by g-force

The Ultimate Thrill Ride

The Euthanasia Coaster would send its passengers on a one-way death ride 510 meters into the air, before plunging down and reaching speeds of 220 mph. It was then that the death-throes begin. The coaster enters seven ever-decreasing loops, maintaining a lethal 10g to the passengers, before hitting the straight. It's here that the corpses would be unloaded - those on board having died of a lack of oxygen to the brain - and the new passengers would then jump on.

It's a pretty intense way to go.

The Euthanasia Coaster was part of an exhibition at the HUMAN+ display a couple of years ago, and obviously has never made it past the ideas phase.

It might be macabre, but it's also really fascinating.


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