We were introduced to Graham, and a face that only a mother could love, back in July, as part of a road safety campaign by the Victorian Government.
The Transport Accident Commission collaborated with a trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and an artist to come up with the aesthetically-challenged chap, whose bizarre body represents what we might look like had we evolved to withstand a traffic accident. And Graham’s good looks aren’t just skin deep; augmented reality allowed us to take a look under the hood and see the internal adaptations that would be required to make us car crash-proof. The intention was to highlight just how vulnerable we all are to the forces at play when vehicles collide, because we’ve only evolved to survive impacts at running speed.
Science isn’t always serious. The Weird Science series, collated by the Australian Science Media Centre, serves up the most quirky, curious and downright bizarre science stories of 2016.