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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