This Is What Happens When You Put A Civilian In A Bomb Suit

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Imagine you woke up this morning 75 pounds fatter than you were when you went to sleep. Your pre-weight gain muscles wouldn’t be strong enough to support all that extra blubber. Getting out of bed? Good luck with that. You’d probably just flounder around like a beached whale, or this poor woman, whose fiance put her in a bomb suit:


“Put the little lady into some of our work attire,” reads the caption that accompanies the video, which was posted to YouTube on March 26. “Tears were involved, and I’m still not fully forgiven.”  

The “work attire” appears to be the 75-pound suit that’s supposed to protect EOD techs from shockwaves and shrapnel when they diffuse bombs. It takes months of strength conditioning to be able to move around in one of those things. In fact, the bomb suit test is considered one of the most grueling physical assessments in the military. Jeremy Renner, who played an EOD tech in “Hurt Locker,” compared wearing a bomb suit to walking on the moon.

So does the unfortunate subject of this video. “I feel like an astronaut,” the woman says as she writhes helplessly on the ground. Hopefully, her fiance let her out.

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