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Perfect body to survive traffic accidents created






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A road safety organisation has made a model of the perfect body to survive a car crash. Australia's Transport Accident Commission (TAC) called the model 'Graham'. He looks human, but is a little ugly and could come from a horror movie. The BBC says: "He has a head shaped like a boulder, feet snarled like tree roots and a chest like a wrinkled battering ram." Graham was designed to highlight how easy to damage the human body is in a car crash.

TAC asked artist Patricia Piccinini to create Graham. She worked with a leading trauma surgeon and a road crash expert to get Graham's look. She gave Graham a thick skull, a wide neck, an inflatable chest, and legs that allow Graham to jump quickly. TAC explained why Graham is an educational tool. It said: "Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve…our roads system to protect ourselves."

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