Ever wondered what a human being would look like in order to survive a fatal car crash? Turns out they would need to look very strange indeed. Well, at least according to a road safety campaign from Australia which has created Graham. And he's proving to be a big hit on Twitter with people using the hashtag #Graham.
Graham, although freaky-looking, has been designed by experts in the field so that his body can withstand all the forces that would be exerted on him if he was involved in a serious car accident.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria, Australia collaborated with trauma surgeon Christian Kenfield, crash investigator expert David Logan and artist Patricia Piccinini to create Graham. Of course it's all completely hypothetical but that's the point, to highlight how vulnerable our bodies actually are.
"Studies show the human body can only cope with impact speeds people can reach on their own, unassisted by vehicles." say the TAC. "Graham has been designed with bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes."
So if we wanted to walk away from a car crash without any injuries, Graham is the kind of form we would evolve into. Check out the hilarious Tweets below on how people think he would fit into society.
Graham features a head with fat surrounding his skull, which is shaped like a helmet, to protect his brain. He also has more cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to help with any collision. He has no neck so it can't be broken, and a flat face so his ears and nose are protected. He also has 12 nipples attached to airbag-like sacks that sit between his ribs for protection, legs that can help him jump out the way, and knees that bend in any direction to avoid breakage.
“The most significant part of body for injury is the head, so as the head stops, the brain actually keeps moving forward, smashing against the front part of the skull and then bouncing backwards and getting an injury in the back of the head as well,” Kenfield says. “The strongest man cannot hold himself from going forward in a car accident because the forces are so great.”
The interactive sculpture, created from silicone, fiberglass, resin and human hair, is currently on display at the State Library of Victoria until 8th August and will then go on tour. You can check him out online here.
Of course, such a bizarre-looking human couldn't go by without the internet passing comment on it. Here's some of the reactions on Twitter.