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Man Spontaneously Combusted, Says Coroner

Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is a particularly interesting phenomenon, in that there is actual, documented evidence when it occurs. Or, at least, it would seem so.

Michael Faherty, age 76, is yet another in a confounding list of individuals who have  burst into flames for no discernible reason.

Faherty, who lived in Galway, Ireland, was found dead last year in December, appearing to have burned alive. But there was no trace of what caused the fire, and the only evidence were scorch marks “above and below the body.”

The coroner, in this case, concluded the cause of death to be Spontaneous human combustion.

Of course, Faherty was near a fireplace at the time, so Occam’s Razor may have taken a day off for this one.


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.

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