5 Weirdest Scientific Experiments in History

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Where would we be without the effort of scientific experiments? Even the weird and scary ones produce fascinating results.

In order to blow your mind, scientists conducted the most out-of-this-world scientific experiments. Well, let’s just say, it was for the good of science, but as a side effect, these tests did seem a little strange, maybe a lot!

Elephants under the influence of LSD

On August 3, 1962, U.S. researchers, exploring their curiosity about what might happen to an elephant, by the name of “Tusko”, under the influence of LSD, proceeded to inject the substance into the animal’s body. The dose was certainly more than 3,000 times greater than what would be normally used by humans.

The result: the elephant screamed violently and died within an hour. Scientists just reported that the elephant was highly sensitive to LSD. But could it be that the drugs administered after the effect could be the real reason Tusko died?

Twenty years later, a similar experiment was conducted with two elephants and the same dosage. Instead of injecting the LSD, however, they chose to put it in the elephant’s water.

The results this time were much different. Aside from a few strange noises and sluggishness, the elephants were generally unaffected.

Resurrecting dead people

Researching how life may be “regained”, Robert Cornish, a scientist at the University of California, tried to “breathe” life into corpses in the early 1930s. He created an artificial heart system and made injections of adrenaline in dead carcasses. Cornish was dismissed from the University for his experiments, which were I surmise, quite ghoulish.
Then a death row prisoner named Thomas McMonigle volunteered to become a guinea pig for Cornish, but the state of California rejected this proposal saying that in the case of “resurrecting” the prisoner, this means the prisoner will have to be released! So this scientific experiment didn’t play out as McMonigle expected.

Sleeping with open eyes

In 1960, researcher Jan Oswald decided to explore whether sleep is possible with open eyesAfter he gathered three brave volunteers, he put tape on their eyes to keep them open and then made them watch flashing lights and listen to loud music. Furthermore, electrodes connected to the legs of the volunteers aimed to cause severe pain.

The electroencephalography used in the experiment showed that all the three volunteers slept for 12 minutes!

Hypersexual male turkey

Two researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that male turkeys, when placed in a room with a model of a female turkey, tend to become excited and go into mating, just as they would if it was a real turkey. This conclusion came from several interesting scientific experiments, where elimination played an important role.

The scientists saw the results of these tests while gradually removing several pieces from the model of Turkey. First, the tail, feet, and wings, then on to the body itself. They also noticed that the male was positive in this whole process.

Even when the model had no body, the male turkey still responded sexually. Similar scientific experiments were conducted on White Leghorn Cocks.

Zombie Dogs

In the 1940s, scientists conducted a chilling scientific experiment using dog heads. Severed heads of dogs were actually kept alive for several hours, mainly using artificial means of blood circulation. The heads responded alone, by moving their ears, responding to light and licking their mouths.

Again, in 2005, scientists conducted a similar experiment, this time with a pack of dogs. The first procedure included rapidly killing the dogs by replacing the blood with oxygen and sugar saline.

After death, the animal’s blood was replaced and they were administered an electric shock to wake them. Although some suffered damage, others were perfectly intact.

Weird Science

From elephants on drugs to over-stimulated turkeys, science never fails to astound us with its weirdness and even cruelty. But before you think you’ve seen and heard it all, just wait. I am sure there are many more strange and otherworldly scientific experiments on the horizon. Let’s just hope that they will be more humane than those on this list.

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Valerie

I'm a law student who is fond of reading and writing about interesting topics on science (especially cognitive science and psychology), technology, and different extraterrestrial and paranormal stuff. I'm passionate about movies, travelling and photography.




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