Monday, May 20, 2013

Some Of The Most Bizarre Experiments In History

These are Josef Mengele stuff that made me feel sick. Horrified. Along with the poor monkey who’s head was reattached to another body. Thank God it died shortly after. How awful to survive that. Also, there are many different experiments people did through the history. While researching “mad scientist’s” lab it made me think of people who did this. What was it, a pure scientific curiosity or something else? Some of the experiments I can comprehend and somehow justify. If an experiment on poor dog will help in saving many people I will support, but some of the experiments makes you wonder. Why the hell would someone do this?
These are just the experiments we know about. Who knows what other Nazi torture stuff has been done. Car companies used to use dogs and pigs as crash test dummies until PETA got involved and petitioned. Can you imagine how many experiments there were done which never reached the scientific fame.

1. Dr. Minovici’s Hanging Experiments
During the first decade of the twentieth century, and these were the times of researches, while employed as a professor of forensic science at the State School of Science in Bucharest, Nicolae Minovici undertook a comprehensive study of death by hanging. Inspired by his research, he decided to find out, first-hand, what it would feel like to die in this way. Minovici began his self-hanging experiments by constructing an auto-asphyxiation device - a hangman’s knot tied in a rope that ran through a pulley attached to the ceiling. He lay down on a cot, placed his head through the noose, and firmly tugged the other end of the rope. The noose tightened, his face turned a purple-red, his vision blurred, and he heard a whistling. Anyhow, he was not performing these kind of experiments to long, because his last experiment was the most dangerous one. The last one was by hanging himself of a ceiling. After hanging himself he got a neck trauma, which almost cost him his life. His masochistic experimental career was finished and he committed himself to researching Romanian folk art and founded a museum that exists to this day.

2. Squeezing Testicles, Shrinking Fingers Experiments
In London 1935, brain specialist Edward Carmichael, conduced a lot of experiments, most of them were designed to test the reaction of the sympathetic nervous system to sudden shocks. The subjects had to keep their eyes tightly closed. Carmichael then exposed them to a series of shocks, all the while recording the expansion and contraction of their fingers. The shocks took a variety of forms. He produced sudden noises, such as screaming or dropping a plank of wood on the floor. He pinched the subjects on the arm and poked them with pins. He dropped pieces of ice down their back. And he also applied sudden pressure to their testicles.

3. Seeing Through Cat’s Eyes
In 1999 researchers led by Dr. Yang Dan, an assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley did some Clockwork-Orange-style aversion therapy for cats. He tried to see through some other being eyes. He glued metal posts to the whites of its eyes, and forced it to look a screen that showed scene after scene of swaying trees and turtleneck-wearing men.

4. The Electrification of Human Corpses
In 1780 the Italian anatomy professor Luigi Galvani came across an interesting discovery. He found out the a spark of electricity could cause the limbs of a dead frog to twitch. Soon after that men of science throughout Europe were repeating his experiment, but it didn’t take them long to bore of frogs and start thinking about what would be if this experiment was to be performed on human corps. This freak show was traveling Europe for a while. Than the first human body got on the show on January 17, 1803. It was the body of the executed murderer George Forster. Other researchers tried electrifying bodies, with the specific hope of restoring them to life, but with no success. Early nineteenth-century experiments of this kind are considered to have been one of Mary Shelley’s main sources of inspiration when she wrote her novel Frankenstein in 1816.

5. Human-Ape Hybrid
Dr. Il’ya Ivanov was a world-renowned expert on veterinary reproductive biology, but he wanted to do more in life than breed fatter cows. So in 1927 he traveled to Africa to pursue his vision of interbreeding man and ape. Thankfully his efforts weren’t successful. He was working at the West Guinea research facility, where he constantly had to conceal the true purpose of his experiments. If they had found out what he was really doing, he wrote in his diary, “this could have led to very unpleasant consequences.” The necessity of carrying out his work in secrecy made it almost impossible to do anything, although he did record two unsuccessful attempts to artificially inseminate female chimpanzees with human sperm. Frustrated, Ivanov returned to the Soviet Union. He brought an orangutan named Tarzan back with him, hoping to continue his research in a more accepting environment. Back home he advertised for female volunteers willing to carry Tarzan’s child, and remarkably he got a few takers. But then Tarzan died and Ivanov himself was sent off to a prison camp for a couple of years. This ended his research. There are vague rumors suggesting that other Soviet scientists continued Ivanov’s work, but nothing definite has been proven.

6. Beneficial Brainwashing
Dr. Ewen Cameron was trying to find a way how to cure schizophrenia. His theory was that the brain could be reprogrammed to think in healthy ways by forcibly imposing new thought patterns on it. His method was to make patients wear headphones and listen to audio messages looped over and over, sometimes for days or even weeks at a time. He called this method “psychic driving,” because the messages were being driven into the psyche. The press hailed it as “beneficial brainwashing.” When the CIA learned of what Cameron was doing, it became interested and started surreptitiously channeling him money. But eventually the agency concluded that Cameron’s technique was a failure and cut his funding, prompting Cameron himself to admit that his experiments had been “a ten year trip down the wrong road.” In the late 1970s a group of Cameron’s former patients filed suit against the CIA for its support of his work and reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount of money.

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