Roller Coaster of Death

Posted by on April 21st, 2011

“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.”

I am pretty sure this speaks for itself.
[Design Interactions Research]

5 Responses to “Roller Coaster of Death”

  1. Joseph Says:

    I would kinda approve of actual death panels in the healthcare reform if this was the method of extermination.

  2. PoorTony Says:

    Very Infinite Jest.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Okay. If the roller coaster ended with the car being automatically loaded into a rail-gun that shot the car through a shark and up at the moon, this would be the way I would want to die.

    On a serious note, the whole concept of a roller coaster designed to bliss people to death totally blew my mind. It’s cool, twisted and dark all at the same time. Thank you, Weird Things, for once again leaving me unsure of what I’m feeling or rationally should be feeling.

  4. Drderekbones Says:

    This should be Death Row.

  5. Mike Lettau Says:

    That is pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind dying like that.. especially if I have some form of dementia. that sounds like a great way to go out.