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September 6th, 2003


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From Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers:
Pigs were popular subjects [in automotive impact testing] because of their similarities to humans "in terms of their organ setup," as one industry insider put it, and because they can be coaxed into a useful approximation of a human sitting in a car. As far as I can tell, they are also similar to a human sitting in a car in terms of their intelligence setup, their manners setup, and pretty much everything else, excluding possibly their use of cupholders and ability to work the radio buttons, but that is neither here nor there.
I'm only on page 95, but Roach's witty writing on a not-unghastly subject is a delight to read.
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