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New Video Examines The Science Behind Sub-Zero's Spine-Ripping Fatality

by Joseph Knoop on Nov 16, 2015 at 10:49 AM

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One YouTube team has taken the time to see if it’s really possible to emulate Sub-Zero’s spine ripping fatality from Mortal Kombat.

Host Jake Roper and the team at Vsauce3 took it upon themselves to learn just how much force is necessary to pull off the infamous final move. Turns out you need one million newtons of force (the equivalent of 10 high speed car crashes) to break the spine free of its numerous connections to muscle ligaments and other bones. To give you an idea, an average human will probably break their femur if hit with 4,000 newtons of force. That didn’t stop them from trying it on a gel dummy filled with blood, though.

Check out the video below for a look at the visceral results.

[Source: VSauce3 on YouTube]