Vocablet of the Day: Posit

Today’s Vocablet features a macabre, and bizarre, story about the sudden demise of an Irish pensioner.

The posit (Spontaneous Combustion) Vocablet is about the mysterious death of an Irishman whose cause has been officially recorded as spontaneous combustion.  Many are skeptical about this explanation because spontaneous human combustion has never been proven as a real phenomenon, but others find the evidence convincing.

If you want to learn more, Gizmodo has an article on how spontaneous human combustion works, including information on the “wick effect” and a more likely explanation of how supposed spontaneous combustion victims actually died.

Related Words: conjecture, speculation

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