Looking for the thrill of a life time? Take a ride on the euthanasia roller coaster , designed by Julijonas Urbonas, a Ph.D. candidate in London’s Royal College of Art’s Design Interactions department from Lithuania. He has combined the fun of a roller coaster with the certainty of death.
The coasterabout a three minute ridespends two minutes taking the soon-deceased to a height of 1,600 feet (there is an opt-out button before reaching the apex should the individual chicken out). The last minute is a colossal fall rushing through seven increasingly tighter loops and reaching a speed of 200-plus mph. The accumulating g-forces peak at 10gs, but that will likely pass unnoticed because the rider will be dead upon reaching the third one. This says Urbonas, is a hypothetic euthanasia machine . . . engineered to humanelywith elegance and euphoriatake the life of a human being.” He foresees this becoming a possible attraction in places where voluntary euthanasia is legalBelgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S. states of Oregon and Washingtonall without the accompanying paperwork dealing with medical issues and the like frequently delaying someones death wish.
This probably isnt suited for quadriplegics or amputees, were told. Since their bodies lack substantial volume in the lower extremities to pool the blood their brains might not suffer the indispensable life-killing lack of oxygen that 10gs would ordinarily generate. That, just a passing note, would seem to undermine equal accessibility laws but Im not an expert in that area and I dont like roller coasters anyway.