This generation may be the first in human history to see the average life expectancy push past a century. But with such advancements in medical science comes a price, and that price is as basic as they get: money.
Many millions of Americans will be faced with the financial strains of prolonging their lives if they choose to do so, while others may opt for euthanasia instead in order to prevent their loved ones from having to bear the burdens of medical billing.
When thinking about this inevitable truth, thrill ride specialist Julijonas Urbonas set about designing a roller coaster that kills its passengers. While there are currently no plans in the works to construct his lethal ride, Urbonas’s design would work exactly as it is intended to if it were ever actually built. More of a tongue-in-cheek social statement than a serious project, the Euthanasia Coaster speaks volumes about the state of death and dying in the 21st century.
HOW IT WORKS
If ever built, the Euthanasia Coaster would consist of a 12-car train capable of holding a total of 24 passengers. Riders would climb 1670 feet before dropping down an equal distance on the other side, which would result in the train traveling at 220 mph. The drop leads to the first of seven clothoid inversions which get smaller and smaller before a sharp turn returns the train to the loading platform.
For a total of 60 seconds, passengers would experience 10 g forces, enough to incite cerebral hypoxia, or lack of oxygen supply to the brain. The first two loops are designed to be lethal, while the additional five are added for good measure.
Those on board would feel no pain, but rather experience gray out, tunnel vision, and eventually black out as they lose consciousness thanks to the speed in which they enter the coaster’s several inversions.
What appears to be nothing more than an intense roller coaster is in fact the most efficient killing machine ever designed in terms of energy for death.
WHAT IT MEANS
Urbonas was inspired to create a design for a coaster that would take lives “with elegance and euphoria” after coming across the following statement made by former president of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company: “The ultimate rollercoaster is built when you send out 24 people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know. “
Knowing the lethal capabilities of g-forces and obsessed with thoughts about the future of life extension and medical science, Urbonas got to work. His design was driven by his desire to express his feelings regarding the problems that could arise from a population that can live longer but may not necessarily want to.
Disregarding the obvious affect this coaster’s real world use would create, the design itself is a strong enough statement in and of itself to make an impact on many individuals. While artists and engineers alike applaud Urbonas for his brilliantly cheeky design proposal, Care Not Killing, an organization dedicated to keeping euthanasia illegal, spoke out against the very existence of a scale model.
And if you’re worked up over your mortality now, it’s safe to say it affected you as well. What do you think about a killer rollercoaster? Tell us in the comments!