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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