Spontaneous combustion triad - Spontaneous Combustion (1990) - IMDb

The industrial revolution was responsible for the coal industry boom in the early 1900s as society was introduced to electricity, new industrial technologies, and a rapid increase in steel demand. Companies were expanding the size of their factories, employing more workers, and using more machinery, marking great progress in mass production. Electric power was rapidly replacing steam power because it was cheaper, faster, and more flexible for factories to operate. This caused a significant spike in coal consumption, leading to more and more documentation of spontaneous coal fires in mines, on trains, and in coal-fired power plants and steel mills.

On the other hand, believers point to the fact that the human body has to reach a temperature of roughly 3,000 degrees in order to be reduced to ashes. Unless SHC were a genuine factor, it seems impossible that furniture would not burn as well. Proposed causes of the supposed phenomenon include bacteria, static electricity, obesity, stress and—most consistently—excessive consumption of alcohol, but none have been substantiated by science so far. One recent hypothesis comes from British biologist Brian J. Ford, who in August 2012 described his experiments with combustion in the magazine New Scientist. According to Ford, a buildup of acetone in the body (which can result from alcoholism, diabetes or a specific kind of diet) can lead to spontaneous combustion.

If you think that people unexpectedly bursting into flames is a modern phenomenon, think again. The earliest recorded report of spontaneous human combustion dates all the way back to the Late Middle Ages. In 1470, an Italian knight named Polonus Vorstius decided to kick back and relax with a couple of glasses of wine. Unfortunately for Polonus, the chill-session didn't quite go according to plan. First, he started burping fire. Next, Polonus burst into flames and burned to a crisp in front of his poor, traumatized parents.

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