Man Designed ‘Euthanasia Coaster’ That You Can Only Ride Once

In 2010, a Lithuanian man named Julijonas Urbonas invented a ‘Euthanasia Coaster’ he called 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’.

Image: Julijonas Urbonas

Details about the fatal rollercoaster were shared in a TikTok video by Luke Davidson (@lukedavidson_).

Luke said:

“You can only ride this roller coaster once.”

He added:

“Julijonas Urbonas designed this roller coaster called the Euthanasia Coaster. It’s capable of holding up to 24 passengers. Once they’re all on board there’s a slow ascent to the top, which is 510 [metres] in the air – 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.

“Then it falls at a speed of 223 miles per hour, and goes through seven loops that keep getting smaller.”


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Julijonas’ website says he is an artist, designer, researcher, engineer, founder of the Lithuanian Space Agency, and Associate Professor at the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Regarding his strange invention, he 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.”

Image: Julijonas Urbonas

The invention won the Public Prize of New Technological Art of Update 2013 and has become a ‘unique media phenomenon’ since it was first showcased.

Julijonas says that those who choose to ride it are ‘slowly towed to the top of the drop-tower’, which takes some time as the rollercoaster is about 500 meters long, which gives people enough time to think their decision through.

He explains:

“You relax and press the FALL button. Whirrr… swish – the ultimate surrender to gravity!

“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 centre of the fall trajectory.

“In other words, your body spins around the heart while you fall. Gravitational choreography!”

Image: Julijonas Urbonas

The track then straightens as people enter the ride’s several loops, during which time the person becomes immobilized, their face starts drooping down, and breathing becomes more difficult.

“But most probably you are already unconscious, as this force rushes the blood to the lower extremities of the body, thereby causing oxygen deficiency in the brain,” Julijonas says.

“It is exactly this cerebral suffocation, also known as cerebral hypoxia, that is going to kill you,” he explains, adding: “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.”

If you wish to learn more about Julijonas’ invention, please see the video below.

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