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Dead body heavier than a live one?

  1. Jan 16, 2010 #1

    Happened to hear something like that. Now is that true and if it is, then why?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 16, 2010 #2
    A dead body has no weight difference compared to a live body. However a live body is able to do things that a dead body can not do. Such as:
    Distribute weight to change centre of gravity.
    Assist in the lift
    Or even distribute their weight accross different areas of your body (I.e. holding on around your neck would distribute the weight even more.)

    A dead weight basically means that the centre of gravity is where ever you are supporting the weighted load with no support from it. It feels heavier, but it weighs the same.
  4. Jan 16, 2010 #3
    Yeap, always thought it was the sandbag effect.

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