Say that you find yourself in a free-falling elevator. What position will increase your chance of survival?
That is the question being answered by The New York Times' Q&A column by C. Claiborne Ray:
The best option would be to lie on your back on the floor as flat as possible, said Eliot H. Frank, a research engineer at the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“This will distribute the force of impact over the greatest area of your body so that no particular part of your body is subjected to the weight of any other part of your body,” he said.