Spontaneous combustion

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“Build a man a fire and he will be warm for one night. Set a man on fire, and he will be warm for the rest of his life.”

~ Terry Pratchett on Fire

Spontaneous Combustion is the instantaneous localised conflagration of a human being or object by the will of God. It is, therefore, a sign that you have done something to really piss God off. As signs go, it's a fairly extreme example, as there's usually not much chance for you to mend your ways once you've received it. Therefore, it tends to be reserved for the more extreme sins, such as bestiality, genocide, jaywalking, or some combination of the three. It is also the standard punishment for the impiety of those who sneeze with their eyes open.

Why does spontaneous combustion happen?

Though dangerous, spontaneous combustion can save you from a ninja attack.

Spontaneous combustion occurs when God gets pissed off with you. Real pissed. Sometimes, subtlety doesn't work when you need to get a divine message across. Flooding, locusts, or some horribly disfiguring disease, for instance, can be construed as the effects of nature or global warming. You suddenly bursting into flames and dying horribly in a matter of seconds, however - that's an attention grabber. For other people, obviously. Your attention span just got terminally reduced. Basically, God's got your number, and as he's already wasted the "sending his only begotten son" trick, he's giving it to you big style. (little known fact: 1/100 deaths in America are caused by spontaneous combustion with 50% of those deaths all having 10 or more eye witnesses who confirm the events!)

Maybe you produced a "novelty" hit record, or bought a car so slow even God has no patience for it. We could list an awful lot of things you could have done here, but we think you get the idea. The point is: you can't run, you can't hide, you might as well sit down and take it like a man (or like a woman if such is your preference). At least it'll be quick!

So, can it be avoided in any way? Well, obviously the vast majority of people manage to last their entire lives without spontaneously combusting, so the answer in general terms is "yes". However, can it be avoided once you get the first warning signs? Unlikely - the word "spontaneous" is the clue here - this thing tends to happen quite quickly. You won't have very long to fall to your knees and repent of your sins, let alone atone for them - no, when you start to go, you're already in the express elevator to Hell, baby, and the door button's jammed.

What happens during spontaneous combustion?

The computer sustained minor damage, but we were still able to access Facebook on it afterwards, so we consider the experiment a success

In an attempt to find out what the experience of spontaneous combustion feels like, we enlisted a volunteer to attempt to spontaneously combust, and to record their feelings during the process. The whole experiment was carried out scientifically - we all wore nice white lab coats, and safety specs, and we even found a bunsen burner to stand in the room while we did it (although we had nothing to connect it to).

An early problem identified was exactly how the volunteer would record their feelings - if we gave them a notepad and pencil, for instance, those would just catch fire as well, and crucial scientific data would be lost. So the volunteer was sat at a specially heat-proofed computer, which also made the next stage of our experiment easier.

Of course, in order to spontaneously combust, our volunteer would have to piss God off in some way, so we directed him to masturbate furiously to kitty porn, and when he felt himself start to spontaneously combust, to quickly type out his feelings.

The experiment went according to plan, and the resultant output was:

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After some discussion, it has been decided that this can be interpreted as an instruction for everything to quieten down. Therefore, it appears that during the act of spontaneous combustion, one's hearing is significantly enhanced. This is a scientific breakthrough of immense importance! Possibly if this can be controlled, it could be used in place of hearing aids - maybe if an individual were to mildly peeve God, their hearing may improve enough to be considered normal.

Frequency of Spontaneous Combustion

God:1 Science: 0

Spontaneous Combustion is thought to be a rarely-recorded phenomenon, leading many to conclude that, as God isn't handing the big punishments around too often, modern society must be far less evil than some people claim. However, there have actually been far more cases than are widely known, largely due to the nature of the incidents they subsequently caused. These include:

  • The Hindenburg Disaster - there have been many theories as to the cause of this explosion, from static electricity to sabotage, but the reality is quite simple: God was trying to put a stop to an early attempt to join the Mile High Club.
  • The Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster - faulty engineering? No, this was quite clearly God again, this time trying to warn humans of the dangers inherent in flying too close to him, following his earlier example with Icarus.
  • The drummers in Spinal Tap - Heavy Metal is the Devil's music, after all.
  • The guy who lives down the road from me - seriously, I always knew that guy was gonna get it. Bastard's always stealing my parking space, and the way he smiles at my hot 15-year-old niece as she walks past his house to school? The dude had a problem. Plus he's always got the curtains closed in that room on the top floor of his house - really tight too, I couldn't find a gap big enough to see through even with my telescope. What's he been up to in there, I wonder? Bad shit, it had to be. I mean, someone taking that many precautions? Gotta be something sinister, I'd say. He was good though - I didn't find any incriminating evidence in his trash at all, and the mail of his that I intercepted was all harmless (except for the Victoria's Secret catalog - I "impounded" that for further research). He was just too clean - and someone like that is hiding something big, you know? I swear, he had it coming. Accident with a bottle of lighter fluid and a barbeque? Yeah, right. God sorted his ass out but good!

There are many more examples, but we think you get the idea: big explosion? Big sin. Don't believe the misinformation - this generation is evil, and God is working his way through us, one sinner at a time. Is it me or is it hot in here?

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