HOW DURABLE IS THE HUMAN BODY?

BY: VANESSA & DAKARAI

What are factors of human body durability? (Key factors)

A large role in the whole idea of, "fall damage," is terminal velocity. This is the max speed a human reaches, when falling from a certain height. Another large factor, is Episodic Analgesia. This is the adrenaline, that pumps to your brain after major injuries, to block out pain. Though throughout the project, we will focus on damage to the human body caused by falling, these are important things you should remember.

Human fall damage? (Down to the gritty stuff)

The durability of the human body will be focused more on falling, than getting hit with a car, or shot, or the other fun stuff. When hitting the ground after reaching terminal velocity, (Fastest speed you can obtain while falling) you will explode. Yes, you literally explode into a gross mass. Your bones will break, if the pressure or force of the impact is strong enough. Human bones shatter after enduring at least 25 pounds of pressure. A long fall of 30 feet is enough to shatter the bones in your body, but not enough to reach terminal velocity.

Body protection? (In which we provide information)

What keeps the bones in the body from breaking, and overall strengthens our "durability", is no other than the cartilage, vitamins, and proteins in our body. These cover up openings, cracks, and weak spots in out body, as well as completely put breaks on bending joints. If falling from a large height, your muscles and tissues will immediately shift and cover weak bones and cartilages. This prevents bones from breaking, bodies from collapsing, and people from dying. Good to know.

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Fun Facts

  1. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated. While it might be gross to think about, the blood in the head may be enough to keep someone alive and conscious for a few seconds after the head has been separated from the body, though reports as to the accuracy of this are widely varying.
  2. If you bend your knees while falling your are less likely to break your bones.
  3. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
  4. The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.
  5. It takes twice as long to lose new muscle if you stop working out than it did to gain it.
  6. Bone is stronger than some steel.

Glossary (*Cough*Totallynotstallingfor5minutes*)


  • Terminal Velocity- Max speed a human can reach when falling
  • Episodic Analgesia- A deadening or absence of the sense of pain without loss of consciousness
  • Cartilage- Firm, whitish, flexible connective tissue found in various forms in the larynx and respiratory tract (does not grow back together).
  • Durability- The ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage.

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