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Eeyore 17/11/15(Wed)03:10 No. 5629 ID: 50db27

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I wonder how high-temperature rapid incineration is as a way to go.

I know burning to death is pretty bad, like people who self-immolate or die in house fires, etc. but that's slow, and low-temp. They get cooked to death. Would it be any better if it were hot enough to turn you to ash in minutes?

Eeyore 17/11/15(Wed)08:43 No. 5630 ID: 8a617d

Burning doesn't COOK you to death. You die of suffocation from the smoke inhalation (or more to the point: the hot air damages the tissue of the lungs, causing them to swell and leak and then you can't get any oxygen, so it's more asphyxiation with a side of drowning). Even if this could somehow be mitigated, with... dunno, a fireproof breathing tube to a non-burning area? death would probably come via shock before the fire would get deep enough to actually damage more than the skin. Living tissue doesn't burn very rapidly; it's too wet.

As for high-temperature, I have no idea. Even crematoriums take HOURS to burn up a body, and those things run at ~1800F, which is almost the temperature of LAVA. You'd need a literal blast furnace to exceed that, and even then you'd only get up to maybe 3000F. Either way, you'd still be dying via the previous two ways (asphyxiation or shock) before anything vital gets burned.

There are all sorts of various scientific experiments which have managed to create temperatures in excess of millions or billions of degrees in a laboratory. But all of these are tiny areas for tiny amounts of time, to the effect that even if it happened right next to your face, there wouldn't be enough heat energy transferred to so much as singe a single skin cell. That's just physics.

Even supposing you could direct some kind of absurd heat beam right at your head, it wouldn't just blaze right through like a laser in a sci-fi movie. What would happen is that your tissues would vaporize and get blown away, taking the heat energy with them, much like the ablative shield used for spacecraft re-entering the atmosphere. How long it would take to actually get to the brain depends on too many variables for me to even guess at, but really, the answer is: too long.

The only way I can think this might work would be using electricity. If you attach a couple of electrodes to the side of your head and then run a hundred kilovolts through it like at a major substation (or do it at home using capacitors), the charge will almost certainly raise the temperature of your brain to several thousand degrees instantaneously. However, due to the fact that it's all mostly water in there (which would turn to steam), the actual effect wouldn't be any burning or cooking, but that your head would explode like a watermelon with a large firecracker in it.

This sounds horrifically complex to pull off compared to just using a bullet... but it would be spectacular, and VERY quick.

Eeyore 17/11/15(Wed)21:15 No. 5631 ID: 5d5040

Sounds terrifying. There are much more peaceful ways to go.

This poster is right.

You could try jumping into molten lava.

Eeyore 17/11/16(Thu)11:07 No. 5635 ID: bec9a0

There are two industrial blast furnaces in town, one 5,775m3 and the other 3,273m3. I sort of know the layout of the facility, but not the firing schedule. There are times when they run all day and night, and other times when they are off for a season.

The area is volcanically active, but I don't know of any nearby open lava flows. Molten steel is a possibility, see above.

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