120. The Great Roller Coaster of Death

20 May

“the ultimate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-four people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”

Or so go the words of John Allen, the once head of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. These words, now have influenced reality. A PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in Londoncalled Julijonas Urbonas has achieved this. He has designed and constructed scale models of said ‘Ultimate Roller Coaster’ the last ride anyone would ever take. He calls it – the Euthanasia Coaster.

It is a ride to the death. The seven loops or ‘inversions’ put the human body under such stress that it causes the brain to be starved of oxygen, as the heart simply cannot push blood against the enormous g-forces. It is hoped that the ride would allow a typical person to experience, in this order:

  • Euphoria
  • Thrill
  • Tunnel vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Death

With the last experience lasting the longest of all.

This is however, never going to happen. It is but a thought experiment, a fully envisioned project like the X-Seed 4000, it was designed, but never planned to exist. It instead is a kinetic sculpture, laying bare the limits of the human body and the possibilities that can be envisioned by man.

A way to end a life with elegance and euphoria, by sitting still and being thrown through ecstasy straight into death, a whirling dervish of forces designed to end life in the most elegant, and pleasant way possible. The Euthanasia is however, for all its grandeur still a roller coaster. Even if it kills you, it is designed to still be a fun death. An honourable thought, if rather macabre.

What if it existed though?

Would you ride?

Further Reading


Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Articles, Trivia


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5 responses to “120. The Great Roller Coaster of Death

  1. zellerzone

    November 2, 2016 at 21:40

    If it existed I’d celebrate my hundredth birthday with a ride on it.

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    May 20, 2011 at 14:01

    Would be a fun way to go! On the subject of death try Simo Häyhä. Fin sniper in WW2. The Russians tried carpet bombing him but apparently he only took damage to his coat. Over 700 people. The Russians then shot half his face of but that onlystopped him for a week. Fear Finnish farmers. I believe that farmers soped the soviets in Åland, too.

    • Alexandre R.D.M. Coates

      May 21, 2011 at 01:40

      I have just spent a minute or two looking into Simo Häyhä and it is really fascinating, thankyou for that, I shall bookmark it for a future fact.


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