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How Spontaneous Human Combustion Works

Terrifying, isn't it? To imagine that you could be sitting in your favorite easy chair, happily reading UNIX in a Nutshell, and then your body just COMBUSTS—spontaneously—and you're a pile of ashes. A coroner in Ireland recently ruled that's exactly what happened to Michael Faherty, 76, who burned to death last December while minding his own business and collecting his pension.