Thrilled to Death

The ride of your life in the form of euthanasia roller coaster. A thought-experiment where art, pop culture and end-of-life issues meet. I know some people who would be totally down with its realization.

According to the prospectus:

“Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetical euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in aeronautics/space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasing, elegant and meaningful. Celebrating the limits of the human body, this ‘kinetic sculpture’ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster: John Allen, former president of the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company, once said that “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.”

[Via The Galloping Beaver.]

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  1. #1 by Maha on Thursday 21 April 2011 - 1209

    Makes me think that the anti ‘death panels’ folks in the US aren’t going to like this too much…

  2. #2 by snow black on Friday 22 April 2011 - 1927

    I still think a nice shot of morphine would be preferable, but it’s cute.

    But how the hell are you? Your health, that is.

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