Graham is a star; he has been hogging the headlines for the last couple of days. Social media is filled with posts mentioning him. But who is Graham? The highly popular man is the invention of the Transport Accident Commission in Australia, and he is the ultimate car crash survivor.
Granted, he is not the most attractive man on Earth, but he sure can survive a car crash without wearing a seat belt. Graham is the human that embodies the image the humans have of themselves when they get behind the wheel and start speeding, texting, or ignore the necessity of the seat belt.
Graham is the result of a collaboration between an expert in crash investigation, a trauma surgeon, and an artist. He is an interactive sculpture meant to underline the frailty of the human body.
Built out of a combination of silicone, plastic, and human hair, Graham is just a year old. His development lasted for half the time, and his appearance was described as being “grotesque,” “appalling,” even “nightmarish.”
However, he was not meant to evoke fear of itself, but rather fear of the dangers of the road.
The anti-crash test dummy features multiple nipples that may look like the skilled work of a make-up artist on the sets of the latest sci-fi horror, but there are just meant to provide extra safety to the ribs, exactly like a set of airbags would.
His chest is broader than that of a normal sized man due to the supplementary sacks that surround his ribs, providing yet another layer of protection.
His skull is bigger than that of an average human because it evolved to carry more ligaments and fluids that support the brain in the case of a collision. It’s also larger and has a helmet like built because of the crumple zones that evolved to absorb the force of a collision.
Graham is not the prettiest man on Earth because his flat face filled with extra fatty tissue is designed to absorb the energy of a potential impact. His neck seems stubby because of a brace structure that protects the cervical region from being affected by the crash blow.
His knees have extra mobility, the complex joint allowing the foot to move in every direction, minimizing the amount of damage that a crash could inflict upon him. His joints also suffered severe transformations, another layer of the mobile anatomic structure being added to the legs so that Graham could jump out of the car in the case of danger.
The simulation of the crash-resistant human also features tougher and thicker skin that is able to reduce road rashes and abrasions.
Graham may not be the most handsome man on Earth, but he is the ultimate car crash survivor. His entire anatomic structure was modified to resist the deadly blow of an impact.
Now that you know how the ultimate car crash survivor looks like, will you pay more attention when driving? Is Graham convincing enough when it comes to the absolute importance of road safety?