A Lithuanian man designed a "Euthanasia Coaster" that you can "only ride once" back in 2010 and the sinister idea has recently resurfaced on the internet.
Would people really ride a rollercoaster that would result in an inevitable death?
The imagined ride was dreamt up by designer Julijonas Urbonas who billed it as a "hypothetic death machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely - with elegance and euphoria - take the life of a human being."
In a recent TikTok video, user Luke Davidson (@lukedavidson_) shared details of the deadly rollercoaster by explaining, "You can only ride this roller coaster once."
The TikToker explained the ride would be capable of carrying up to twenty-four passengers and once they're all on board, there's a slow ascent to the top, which is 510 feet in the air.
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To put it into context: that's just a little bit smaller than the tallest building in America!
"Once they're at the top it gives everyone the decision to stop and go back down safely. After that, everyone has to manually press a button to start the ride."
The rollercoaster would then fall at over 223 miles-per-hour and go through 7 loops that would gradually get smaller and smaller.
"It's designed like this so riders experience 10 G's of force for a full sixty seconds, everyone's blood would rush to their feet leaving no blood left in their brain. This causes them to lose their vision and eventually black out and die."
People with incurable diseases and terminal illnesses were in mind during the design of the haunting ride and, of course, those who wish for an "unpainful death."
According to Urbonas' website, he is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, found of the Lithuanian Space Agency, and Associate Professor at the Vilnius Academy of Arts.
Explaining the ride in further detail, Urbonas said:
"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."
The project, which was awarded the Public Prize of New Technological Art of Update 2013, has become a "unique media phenomenon" since it was unveiled in 2010.
"You relax and press the FALL button. Whirrr... swish - the ultimate surrender to gravity!" he explained.
"No, you realize, in fact, it is even greater than just giving up, as in the blink of an eye you enter the heart-line, the whirling element of the coaster track, where your heart stays roughly in line with the center of the fall trajectory. In other words, your body spins around the heart while you fall. Gravitational choreography."
The track then straightens as riders enter the roller coaster's several loops, during which time their body becomes immobilized, their face starts drooping down and breathing requires more effort.
"It is exactly this cerebral suffocation, also known as cerebral hypoxia, that is going to kill you," he then said, concluding:
"The rest of the ride... proceeds with your body being numb, ensuring that the trip ends your life. You die, or, more accurately put, your brain dies of complete oxygen deprivation, a legal indicator of death in many jurisdictions. The biomonitoring suit double-checks if there is a need for the second round, which is extremely unlikely, as the result is guaranteed by seven-fold repetition."
Of course, we don't think this ride would ever be allowed to be constructed... but what do you think about the chilling rollercoaster idea?