How fat to you need to be to stop a bullet?

Posted on Sunday, Jul 01 2007 @ 07:37 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Ever wondered how fat you would need to be to stop a bullet? The Naked Scientists did some tests to find the answer.
We went to the Cavendish Laboratory to discover how fat you would have to be to stop a bullet. We used a gas gun, which is basically a huge air rifle. There is a chamber that is filled with high pressure helium (this is used because it is lighter than air so will expand more quickly)..
After a bunch of testing they conclude that you need about 72cm of body fat to stop a supersonic bullet. So it's probably better to use a bullet proof vest

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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