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This Is What the Human Body Would Look Like if It Evolved to Survive Car Crashes

(Photo: Transport Accident Commision of Victoria)

If, during the course of human development, the ability to survive a car crash would be a major evolutionary advantage, the human body might look like this guy. His name is Graham, and he's a sculpture made by the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria, Australia.

The agency is using Graham to express the importance of car safety. A normal human body can't shrug off a major collision. Graham, however, could do pretty well. The Guardian describes him:

He has no neck, meaning he cannot break it; a flat, fatty face to protect the nose and ears; airbags in between each rib; and thicker and tougher skin. His knees bend in all directions. […]

The commission says Graham is informed by “the science of human vulnerability” – not-quite-living proof of how susceptible we are to injury.

You can see a 360º, interactive presentation of Graham here (auto-start audio).

-via Gizmodo


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I had a bad accident many years ago. Fell asleep and hit a concrete culvert head-on. My '63 car had no seat belts or air bags. I put my head through the windshield, requiring 43 stitches to sew me up. When I went back to my ruined car to retrieve things, I saw that I had bent the steering wheel over, smashed the dashboard with my knees. Amazingly I did not break any bones. I was lucky to survive.
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