09:15:01 PM Jun 1st 2014
I think there's more than a tiny grain of truth in television. Because flesh is softer and more flexible than steel, it can take more blunt force. As an example, people have fallen from terminal velocity with less visible damage than expected despite the huge amount of force. The same amount of force on a metal object would reduce it to a shambling wreck (think of instances where a person has fallen on a car, crumbling it as a result). It would be like using a hammer on a sponge and a chunk of wood... we all know which would be more damaged despite the strength differences. Skin, being a soft membrane, is no different and can withstand trauma that brittle objects cannot.