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Meet Graham, The Only Man Who Can Survive A Car Crash
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Meet Graham, The Only Man Who Can Survive A Car Crash

Meet Graham. He might look a little different, but I assure you that he’s human. Well, sort of. The reason he looks this way is that he has plenty of body modifications that makes him able to survive a serious car crash.

Graham, the crash test man, was created as part of a new Australian road safety campaign by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). He was designed by sculptor Patricia Piccinini, a leading trauma surgeon, and a road safety engineer, who modified him based on their knowledge of car accidents. The result isn’t a pretty sight, but it’s certainly a sobering one. As you can see, Graham doesn’t have a neck because these snap easily in car accidents. He also has a flat, fleshy face to protect his ears and nose. Also, if you’re wondering about all those extra nipples, they’re to protect his ribs like a natural set of airbags. All these modifications are needed for a human body to survive a car crash.

Though Graham was not used in any real car crash tests, you might want to consider slowing down behind the wheel next time.

More info: Meetgraham.com | TAC | Patricia Piccinini (h/t)

Meet Graham. He might look different but I assure you that he’s human

The reason he looks the way he does is because his body has been modified to withstand a car crash

Graham was created as part of a new Australian road safety campaign

He was designed by sculptor Patricia Piccinini, a leading trauma surgeon, and a road safety engineer

He has multiple nipples to protect his ribs like a natural set of airbags

Graham’s brain is the same as yours, but his skull is bigger with more fluid and more ligaments to support the brain when a collision occurs

The brain is one of the most vulnerable parts of our body. It sits delicately surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid, which acts as an inbuilt safety mechanism to protect the brain from day-to-day knocks and jolts.

Graham has a rather flat face and a lot of fatty tissue to absorb the energy of an impact

Our faces are a delicate mix of bone, muscle, and cartilage. Many people injured in car accidents receive fractures to their nose, damaging not only the bone but disrupting sinuses and the delicate parts behind the cheekbone. To combat this, Graham has a rather flat face. His nose is reduced and his ears are protected by the larger structure of his skull and neck

Graham has been designed with airbag-like ribs with sacks that do a similar job to that of an airbag

Car seat belts are designed to use the strength of the ribs to help us withstand the forces of a crash. That’s why the three-point seatbelt rests across your ribs and sternum and across your pelvis. It loads the center of your chest, spreading the force over the ribcage until the ribs break when the force becomes too great.

Graham’s skull is a lot bigger, it’s almost helmet-like and it’s got these inbuilt crumple zones that would absorb the energy on impact

The skull absorbs a lot of force on impact simply by fracturing. Essentially this stops the force from carrying through to the brain in much the same way a helmet works. Graham’s skull has been engineered to absorb more of the impact earlier, much like a helmet.

Graham’s knees have movement in all directions so they are less likely to be injured

When a pedestrian is hit by a car it’s usually when they’re stepping out from a curb. On impact, the immediate problem is that the knee is only built to bend in one direction, so it will almost always break first. Depending on the force of the impact, the tendons can also pull, twist and hyperextend well beyond their intended radius.

Graham’s neck is fortified with a brace-like structure that protects his head from injury when there is a sudden movement

There is not enough strength in the neck to stop the head from jolting forward in a crash. The forward motion causes a hyperflexion injury and the backward motion a hyperextension injury. Simply put, the neck is placed under more pressure than its structure can manage. The added danger is the spinal cord running through the neck. If it is to bend and stretch too much it will break, causing serious injuries like paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Graham has thicker and tougher skin to shield and reduce abrasions and road rash

A pedestrian impact is mostly blunt force trauma. However, if our bodies are pitched to the road or if broken glass is involved, then cuts and abrasions can occur. Skin is vulnerable to the road, with bitumen potentially wearing through clothing. This is even more important for motorcyclists and cyclists, who only have minimal protection between themselves and the road.

Strong, hoof-like legs with added joints allow him to jump out of the way quickly in a “spring-loaded” fashion

For pedestrian crashes, there are now so many variables that affect injury severity – the size of the vehicle, height, speed and angle of impact. And there are many situations where legs are badly damaged. In fact, injuries to the legs, feet, and ankles can cause long-term debilitation because we are so reliant on them for everyday movement. The shin itself is the least protected bone in the body, with only a thin layer of skin covering it.

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AsLouOl
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like a Sontaran...

Cathy Aw
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is the point of this?

Mariya Stoyanova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it is to show reckless drivers that they don't have what it takes to survive the result of their reckless driving, neither do their inocent victims

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Ruby Tuesday
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's rather interesting. This artist is an amazing sculptor (she always makes life like creatures that give you a sense of disturbance and empathy at the same time) , and i like the fact that they combined art with science. It sticks longer than a regular ad thats for sure. +1

Herbert Nenenger
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mom? Dad? There's someone I'd like you to meet.....

Yusuf Sutarko
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So if we keep crashing, in some hundred million years in the future we would evolve to look like this. Haha

Isha Shehryar
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, so this is cool and all but... I think they should've made it more clear that he's actually a *sculpture*...

Meeow
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a sculpture of what a modified person could look like?!!! WTF!!! If I have to look like that, I rather died in the car crash.

Shana
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How would he even be able to drive in the first place? How does he look left/right with that neck-brace?

Hans
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It us perfectly possible to survive crashes (fortunately). The point here is to shoe how the perfect crash survivor would look like. It does also bot mean he would survive any crash.

Neil San
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure about car accidents, but those guys just created a juggernaut. Man even his head looks like his- a hemispherical bowl turned upside down! Don't mess with him, your "average" punches won't hurt him as much 😉. P.S: Guys he really looks like Juggernaut. Here: Juggernaut https://g.co/kgs/fAUsi2

Dasari Reddy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I believe the author is trying to explain extense of damage caused to each part of body in an accident. In order to survive the accident, a man should look like the person above which no one would ever wanna be..

António Lima
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dont be a monster drive carefully!!!

T.J. W.
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5 months ago

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Suzanne Haigh
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does he need all those extra nipples on his rib folds though?

JALON MCKINLEY
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

BRO WHAT THE GIVE ME POPCORN THIS DUDE LIKE THIS MAN HAVE LITTE TINNY TETOS HE LOOK LIKE HIS HEAD LIKE A FAT BUT HIS LEGS IS HUMAN MY GUY THIS DUDE MUST SCRAP HIS HOLE BODY ON THE GOD DANG ROAD TO BE AN FAT MAN AND A FREAKING HUMAN TO SHOW IF HIS GOD DANG LITTEL TETOS MY GUY

Enrico Fermi
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And we aren't genetically engineer people to this standard of survivability en masse in modern world yet?! WHY?!!

Kathleen Weller
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I Like my body I’ll keep my body

Jack Lambrecht
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I only read the first paragraph and didn't know he wasn't real till reading the comments...

Rick Hunter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I work with a Graham...

Emma Whit
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This makes me uncomfortable

David Asugi
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Has he been in any recent car crash? Am guessing not. Even if he was, he would be dead. You guys are just bored assholes.

Idika Idika
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just the best warning that our system is too fragile in the face of accident.

Idika Idika
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! This is a good dramatic way of telling humans how vulnerable we are to accident and how much careful we should always be in order to avoid it.

Osayanmon Oke - Akins
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are you guys trying to say God did not create humans well.. Except the lord watch a city they that watch watch in vain ( except the Lord protects us, our precautions is in vain, we can't play God.. That's how those who built Titanic said...

B Quack
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

literally not at all the point here lmao

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Zacchary Townsend
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Welp, time to fire up those labs. We've got a human 2.0 to create.

Sai Lakshmi Saranya
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The thing is..... people like this won't go under any kind of car crash..... the rest of world will be holding the passes for all those crashes....

Crystal Marie
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With all the real world knowledge to be had theses days, is bullshit reporting like this even nessacary.

Ngcebo Owen Mthembu
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should improve cars so that we survive in car crashes not making monsters ay ay ay

Jason Shiflett
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He isn't the only one. I've been hit by 3 cars while on foot, each goijg at least 40mph and been in 4 other accidents while a passenger in a car. I've only ever broken one bone(a rib), once, in my entire life.

Mike Mo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh hey I saw that guy in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Marc Cragg
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sontar ha! Sontar ha! Sontar ha!

Paul Saunders
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just one of the probable drug dealers In tipton, I've seen him buying orange chips.......

Antoya McIntosh
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This an example a safe driving is best.

Antoya McIntosh
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes this to prove that safe driving is this best solution

Poh Wan You
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I kinda pity this guy for being an experiment

Pamela Isley
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If this was a legit dude, try doing CPR on him when things go to shit for an unrelated reason. Cool concept though

Cindy Duhon
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks just like my daughters ex-husband.

Sick Boy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Better to die in a car crash than to look like that the entire life.

Belgin Arabaci
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I won't be able to sleep tonight

Meira Abramowitz
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did he let them and was he forced to do this

Okunwe Frank
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ermmm... please pardon my ignorance but does "Graham" have life? Like is it alive?

Samuel Jay Brown
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haven't people lived after car crashes before? Is there a dif between car crashes and accidents?

deborah darsie
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An interesting exercise in what our body may need in order to survive an accident as a pedestrian or as a driver. Kinda creepy, too.

Nick McElmurry
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not True, I've survived car crashes.

Sav
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So... He's not.. Alive... Right..?

Jesse Carnes
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I looked like graham I don't think I would want to survive a car crash

Sable Keech
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

GMD- genetically modified driver- probably should go with an exoskeleton, get more dates for sure.

Dusan Trestik
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He is perfect and very handsome

Surajit Chanda
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what a miraculous achievement of science and technology which proves that human beings are still most intelligent & not machines. sir make me like that too hahahaha

SamuelLemons
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is kind of...traumatizing.

Beckoning Chasm
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They never mention what his hipster beard will help him to do.

Raul Orellana
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like this design of human... We can only hope we'd evolve into something so majestic.

Bluecat
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, it's a sculpture of what a modified person could look like.

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Mariya Stoyanova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Until then stick to driving carefully because nobody looks like Graham

Gita Medne
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

to survive car crash is not to make any. If your front of steering wheel then FOCUS on road!!

George Salling
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the extra nipples really seems like it's just there to make people feel uncomfortable. Why not just pad it with extra bone and fat like they did the head? It's stupid.

Kristi Zoebelein
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is just....wrong, and weird, and clunky, it just really doesn't get the point across. It's too convoluted to be effective, it takes too much explanation and leaves you still wondering what the hell you just saw. This whole thing sort of fell flat in it's execution.

Arty
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't really understand the point...he seems modified to withstand a car crash as a pedestrian mostly (when you read the explanation). So does this really bother drivers? I don't know the statistics but it's doubtful that pedestrian are involved in car crash because of their mistakes...I believe it's mostly drivers that need to be careful.

Ged
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I guess the idea is that human body is very fragile and very injury-prone, especially in car accidents, and the sculpture kind of illustrates the point in a creative way?

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Ricky Essel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

total madness making urslef look like an "alien"... ugliness at it's highest level just cos u wanna withstand an accident... stupid!

Soda Lim
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Simple question. BUT WHY?

Tømmÿ Gùññ
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bull shit, if I ran over his car with a semi he'd be fucked and maybe look better

Rie Chihau
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find this disturbing... Like they did all this surgery on a human... I find it creepy...

Ripunjoy Gogoi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Does he also has to be white? or other color have any chance?

Adam D
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure it would of been much cheaper to make a poster warning you to drive safe!

Over Opinionated
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm terrified of this it's creepy it's thank god not real and it makes you think good post I hope people take seriously. We're week and fragile cars aren't do the math

Elizabeth Fleck
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The money and time spent on this endeavor could have been used to help homeless people, to rescue dogs, or to help build homeless shelters. What a profound waste of time and money. There are already excellent ad campaigns to get people to wear their seat belts. This is just sad.

Kimberley Murray
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Obviously they havent been working coz the road death toll keeps going up each year.. just saying

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Erick Germanotta Damarez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can't imagine if the "real" human like Graham was born in this universe. Regardless the extraordinary protection of body structure, human is not supposed to look like this. So gross.

Ajax Wright
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"The only man who can survive a car crash."

Ajax Wright
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6 years ago

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"The only man who can survive a car crash." Nope. I think you'll find that most people survive car crashes.

Charles Laster
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6 years ago

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Looks like a Neanderthal with the blues.

Elena I.
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6 years ago

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kill it with fire

Ryan King
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6 years ago

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can you imagine what his farts smell like

Jon Addis
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6 years ago

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New car? Leather? Or maybe piña colada?

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Alvaro Azevedo
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6 years ago

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Pessoa após acidente muito grave..é reconstitúida e exposta a raios gamas, beta e alfa.. a altíssimas frequências

Brian Zhong
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6 years ago

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Is this... is this actually a thing?! How in the world is this even possible? Modifying the basic components of a human?!

Nick Humphrey
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6 years ago

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i think its brilliant we've resigned a human being so that it can sustain a motorcar collision, but what i think would it be great if instead putting him in for what he was designed to do- to survive high impact crashes. Have him live a life where he just has minor collisions, so people constantly knock cups of tea onto him or he gets hit by Karl Froch a lot and more infrequently Anthony Joshua. obviously humans are not intended to have high speed collisions with things we weren't designed that way, we evolved the way we are through natural selection. we've evolved in such a way that it was not beneficial to the species to mitigate against collisions by evolving impact structures etc as high speed collisions are very infrequent.

Tomy
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I don`t think that`s reall

MonicBlue C
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6 years ago

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I think we can come with better ideas than mutilating human beings on purpose! What's wrong with this world?

Daria B
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Calm down, this is not real. He is not real, he's a sculpture. It's art that uses shock as means of waking people up to rethink about their driving habits.

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Joshua Nipa
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You forgot to mention though that he's ugly. Otherwise an informative article.

MonicBlue C
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Who would want to look like that? Horrible! Not in a million years I would opt for this s**t!

Savdat02
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Human that's designed????? I don't know how to feel about all this. Using this like cheating death to a certain extent? It's just not normal

Norah Morris
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a sculpture not a real human and it's to show that we need to pay better attention because this is a sculpture that can survive not us

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Kjorn
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But can he reproduce? how can he have sex?... ugh... seem so gross

Hans
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thats not the point. It is a human designed to withstabd crashes...not necessarily retaining other abilities

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Christian Hill
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If Obama had a son....

AsLouOl
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like a Sontaran...

Cathy Aw
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What is the point of this?

Mariya Stoyanova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it is to show reckless drivers that they don't have what it takes to survive the result of their reckless driving, neither do their inocent victims

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Ruby Tuesday
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's rather interesting. This artist is an amazing sculptor (she always makes life like creatures that give you a sense of disturbance and empathy at the same time) , and i like the fact that they combined art with science. It sticks longer than a regular ad thats for sure. +1

Herbert Nenenger
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mom? Dad? There's someone I'd like you to meet.....

Yusuf Sutarko
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So if we keep crashing, in some hundred million years in the future we would evolve to look like this. Haha

Isha Shehryar
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, so this is cool and all but... I think they should've made it more clear that he's actually a *sculpture*...

Meeow
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's a sculpture of what a modified person could look like?!!! WTF!!! If I have to look like that, I rather died in the car crash.

Shana
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How would he even be able to drive in the first place? How does he look left/right with that neck-brace?