CNN.com reports that Samuel W. Alderson, the inventor of crash test dummies that are used to make cars, parachutes and other devices safer, has passed away at the age of 90 (2/11/2005). He grew up tinkering in his father's custom sheet-metal shop, worked on various military technology and by 1952 had formed Alderson Research Labs. The company made anthropomorphic dummies for use by the military and NASA in testing ejection seats and parachutes. The dummies were built to approximate the weight and density of humans and hold data-gathering instruments.
OK, this is just bizarre and crazy. According to Yahoo! News story, a man leaped into a lion's den at the Taipei Zoo on Wednesday to try to convert the king of beasts to Christianity but was bitten in the leg for his efforts.
Sheesh. Try converting humans. :P
11/3/2004 4:29 PM PST: More photographs can be found here.
11/3/2004 7:00 PM PST: And here.