A ‘human’ designed to survive a car crash

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VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - He might not be much of a looker, but he's definitely built to last. Meet Graham, a lifelike dummy designed to show what humans would have to look like, to be able to survive an automobile accident. Here's the ugly truth. According to Dr. David Logan; Road Safety Engineer for Monash University in Australia, "The truth is that cars have evolved a lot faster than we have. Our bodies are just not equipped to handle the forces in common crash scenarios."

So, as part of a road safety campaign, researchers along with an artist, designed a sculpture to showcase our own limitations during a violent crash. The results aren't very pretty. From his helmet sized head to his hoof-like feet, Graham is made to withstand much greater forces than you and I. His makers have done away with a neck and protruding ears, and have given graham a thicker skull. He even has extra man boobs that act like tiny little airbags when the sexy beast gets into a fender bender.

He's like coming face to face with our own vulnerabilities. Australia's Transportation agency hopes that Graham will serve as a reminder of why we need to be more careful on the roads and to also inspire the development of safer cars. We can't look like Graham, but we can try to be as safe as Graham. That's the most important lesson this dummy can teach us.

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