Researchers have been trying out experimentation beyond a normal person's imagination since a long time in history in their quest for knowledge. Some experiments made them the Nobel Prize winners while others made them a subject for public critics.
These experiments that would put you in bafflement as of how could someone be so terrific while researching!
In order to prove that human brain was like a battery connected to several wires (nervous system), German scientist Karl August Weinhold carried out his experiment on a dead kitten and asserted to have it brought back to life. He extracted the spinal cord of the decapitated kitten and replaced them with zinc and silver pile batteries, which generated an electric charge. In Karls's own words about the result: For almost 20 minutes, the animal got into such a life-tension that it raised its head, opened its eyes . . . finally got up with obvious effort, hopped around, and sank down exhausted.
Louis Jolyon West and Chester M. Pierce aimed at finding out what would happen when an elephant tripped on acid. For this, they took Tusko, an elephant in the local zoo as the subject. The Zoo director fired a syringe containing 297 milligrams of LSD which was 3,000 times the normal dose for a human right into Tusko's rump. As a result, Tusko moved around capriciously and finally died. According to listverse, after four months of this experimentation, the scientists gave the obvious statement "Elephants are highly sensitive to LSD" in a scientific journal.
Paracelsus, who was an alchemist and physician in the 1500s was the first person who could clinically mention 'unconscious'. He created a miniature of how a human would look like if a human's egg was transplanted into horse's womb and then feeding it with human blood.
Dr. Duncan inferred from his experiments that the Soul has weight. He weighed six bodies in the process of their dying and claimed to have found out the weight of the Soul as 21 grams.
In order to know what effects gravity would have on future humans born in space, Dr. Dorothy Spangenberg packed 2,478 baby Jellyfish and launched there. The jellyfish adapted well in orbit, and their numbers soon reached 60,000.
A "stimoceiver" was developed by Jose Delgado to stimulate the different parts of an animal brain electrically. This chip was deep-seated in the skull of the animal and it produced results from the involuntary movement of the limbs to eliciting emotions and appetite. According to list25, one time it even stopped a raging bull in its tracks.
Dr. Robin Warren and Dr. Barry Marshall had succeeded in isolating the bacteria, Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), that are responsible for stomach ulcers. The medical community asserted that lifestyle, stress and diet are the main culprits to these ulcers. To prove their point, Dr. Marshal drank a dose of the bacteria that they had collected from stomach ulcer sufferer. On doing this, he developed gastritis with achlorhydria, nausea, vomiting, and halitosis and hence succeeded in proving their work right. They were given the Nobel Prize in 2005.
Charles Claude Guthrie carried out experiments on head in which he would sew the head of one dog onto another. To everyone's surprise, his experiments actually showed some success as the severed heads were kept artificially alive during the transplant.
Ian Oswald, a sleep researcher and psychiatrist made a research in figuring out if people could sleep through anything. As list25 reveals, he taped open eyes of volunteers and placed flashing lights 50 cm in front of them. He also exposed them to electric shocks and loud music. However, all the subjects eventually fell asleep, some within just 12 minutes. His conclusion is that the regular and repetitive rhythm of the stimulus allowed them to doze off.
John Paul Stapp was a flight surgeon and he performed on research on how a human body behaves to sudden acceleration and deceleration. He employed a rocket armed with four engines and went through a total thrust of 6,000 pounds, he hit 35 Gs of deceleration, where humans were thought to only be able to survive at 18 Gs. Therefore, at 632-miles per hour, he became the most quickly accelerated man.
Carney Landis, in order to contrive a universal series of facial expressions, had many subjects undergo freakish tests. After drawing on the faces of volunteers with burnt cork to track their movements, as list25 tells, they were asked to smell ammonia, listen to jazz music, and do a host of other things to elicit an expression. Finally, they were each persuaded to decapitate a rat, which resulted in an extremely interesting set of photos in spite of no conclusion for Landis.
Thomas Midgley Jr., the inventor of leaded Gasoline was condemned for what he invented was a major air pollutant. To prove that it was not so bad, (in spite of numerous employees getting sick) he washed his hands in the mixture of gasoline and inhaled its fumes for nearly 60 seconds.