geesmith wrote:It's strange that they say it can't be explained because similar incidents have been.
There has to a source of ignition. The subject could pass out, suffer a fall or even fall asleep. The source of ignition would likely be a cigarette which has started smouldering on top of the body. The heat causes fats in the body to be exuded and this turns the ignition source into a slow burn candle.
The resultant smouldering creeps through the body consuming more of the body fats but often doesn't create enough heat to include the non fatty surrounding materials. Occasionally less fatty extremeties such as ankles and feet are left relatively intact.
The proximity to a chimney possibly introduces an airflow that's conducive to keeping the slow combustion active.
Apparently this process is very distracting to anyone trying to watch Emmerdale or somesuch in the same room.
The phenomenon has been successfully recreated with pig carcasses.
It wasn't found to be as much fun as self igniting flatulence.
There was a woman in the USA who was found to be nothing more than a Shrunken Skull, A pile of Ash and a left foot. Now that is some serious heat to turn Human flesh and Bone to Ash. Another woman suffered SHC in her Bed and besides the linen being "scorched" there was no other damage to teh room !
There have been hundreds of cases throughout History of SHC and claims of causes from "the Devil" to "Aliens" to "God" lol. Then the more down to earth ones, such as Fat in the Body being ignited by an external source. The thing is, could Human fat really burn at such a High temperature as that to turn flesh and bone into ash? Dropping a Cigarette onto yourself and slowly burning while noone notices is not really feasible, Human skin creates a distintcly unpleasant stench when burnt, which in itself is very noticeable, so to me, would discount such a theory if there are other people in the room, as I am fairly sure that nobody would be able to ignore such a smell.
The other interesting factor is how little damage there is to surrounding materials, which to me would enforce the theory of inside out burning, but none the less really curious. Why would a Body burn (Some witnesses again throughout History have stated the body "Burst into flames") without damage to its surrounding?
Whatever the explanation, SHC is ignored by science and debunked as a myth. Yet, as I said, there has been hundreds of cases throughout history. A bit like UFO's really, they don't exist yet since the dawn of Mankind, there have been tales of LIghts in the Sky, Men from teh Heavens and even the Crew of Christopher Columbus's Ship logged an event of strange lights rising from the Ocean (Including Christopher Columbus himself who apparently entered the sighting into the Ships log)
Curiouser and Curiouser :p