Go for the Head
so, I was thinking about how human bodies can survive a great deal of damage, right?
probably all the guides on humans say things like “if you really need to kill one, go for the head. that’s the surest way to kill a human.”
but do you realize that even that might just not be enough?
please, allow me to introduce Mr. Phineas Gage.
Mr. Gage was a foreman working in the construction of railroads. He is most famous because he survived an hideous accident where a 3.2 cm thick, 1 meter long iron rod was driven into his brain by an explosion.
Let me repeat: an iron pole rocketing through the organ that controls the whole body was not enough to kill him.
Just in case you need another picture to get the idea of just how serious was the injury.
of course such a severe injury could not leave him unscarred: his personality changed completely, and he had moments of delirium.
but he survived. not only that, but he went on having a relatively normal life. his speech, movement and intelligence WERE NOT IMPAIRED BY THE INJURY.
aliens have all the more reason to be scared shitless of us.