The Euthanasia Coaster

Are your friends and you feel­ing the onset of a depress­ive episode?

Are your social circle and you weary from a con­stant lack of interest, motiv­a­tion and/or will to live?

Do all of you think your time nears?

If this sounds like you, hope is immin­ent, in the form of a new device, the “Euthanasia Coaster”.

The Euthanasia Coaster is an art concept for a steel roller coaster designed to kill its passengers.

Designed and made into a scale model, in 2010, by PhD can­did­ate Juli­jo­nas Urbo­nas, from the Royal Col­lege of Art, in Lon­don, the concept has already raised ire with one overly-sensitive bunch, the anti-euthanasia asso­ci­ation Care Not Killing.

The design begins with a steep-angled lift to the 510-metre (1,670 ft) (0.317 mile) top, which would take two minutes for the 24-passenger train to reach.[1] From there, a 500-metre (1,600 ft) drop would take the train to 360 kilo­metres per hour (220 mph), close to its ter­minal velo­city, before flat­ten­ing out and speed­ing into the first of its seven slightly clothoid inver­sions. Each inver­sion would have a smal­ler dia­meter than the one before in order to main­tain 10 g to pas­sen­gers while the train loses speed.

The Euthanasia Coaster would kill its pas­sen­gers through pro­longed cereb­ral hyp­oxia, or insuf­fi­cient sup­ply of oxy­gen to the brain. The ride’s seven inver­sions would inflict 10 g on its pas­sen­gers for 60 seconds – caus­ing g-force related symp­toms start­ing with gray out through tun­nel vis­ion to black out and even­tu­ally g-LOC (g-force induced loss of con­scious­ness). Depend­ing on the tol­er­ance of an indi­vidual pas­sen­ger to g-forces, the first or second inver­sion would cause cereb­ral anoxia, ren­der­ing the pas­sen­gers brain dead. Sub­sequent inver­sions would serve as insur­ance against unin­ten­tional sur­vival of par­tic­u­larly robust passengers.

I won­der if the upcom­ing ver­sion of the Roller­coaster Tycoon game has taken this devel­op­ment into account…

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