Top 10 Weird Things Done On Account Of Science

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6. Let’s Get High!

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Dr. Albert Hofmann enjoys the honor of being the first person ever to get high! The Swiss scientist, who gave us kids of a messed up generation- the LSD,after several years of research on plants and the stimulants released by them. He came across the chemical lysergic acid diethylamide that made his first acid trip “real”. The effect was so alluring that he had to stop working for days to come as he suffered from ‘inception’- styled hallucinations. He took 250 micrograms the second time; it took him a new dimension of “Let’s get high!” Hoffman experienced vivid and imaginary fantasies as he rode home from the lab. Despite all that stuff in his body, Hofmann lived till the age of 102. Maybe getting high ain’t that bad!

 

7. The Human Cyborg

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Kevin Warwick, a British Cybernetics professor is the first “cyborg” in history. Dr.Warwick also leads one of the most advanced cyborg research projects in the world.He started implanting chips and electrodes into his body curious to know about the human- machine mechanism. Further research was carried out and he linked the chips to his CNS i.e Central Nervous System which made him possible to command robotic arms. He has also appeared in Stan Lee’s ‘Super Humans’ on History TV. Dr.Warwick is developing day by day!

 

8. Worm Food

Worm Food

Science is one hell of a subject and Giovanni Battista’s extreme experiments prove it! Giovanni Grassi, a Sicilian doctor is yet another member of the scientific society to be named in the ever-growing Limca Book of weird records! So our guy was conducting an autopsy and came across tapeworms fiddling inside the large intestine. As usual, a peculiar thought came by and on 10 October 1878, the doctor realized he could consume worm eggs and prove it was possible to infect oneself with tapeworms. As you all know, every scientific experiment has to be conducted under strict and pure conditions. Firstly, Giovanni tested himself to confirm his lack of infection. Secondly, he extracted the eggs from the corpse (Oh Dear Lord!) and kept them alive in a solution. Finally, he ingested the eggs on a regular basis. By the month end, Giovanni, being a typical human being experienced stomach discomfort and began pulling out eggs from….. you know! Anyway, the experiment was a success. Years after this science incident, worm ingestion became a cult phenomenon. Gulping down eggs to harvest giant worms inside human stomach turned out into a competition of some sort. Parasitologists underwent a horrible ceremony of self infecting oneself with tapeworms. There were also reports of a Japanese scientist consuming 2000 eggs at a one-time dining and also of a Soviet researcher digging worms from a reindeer’s brain.

 

9. The Hanging Studies

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Death has always been somewhat of a fascination to the intellectual lot. The changes the body and mind undergoes during the last breath has even been explained in a detailed manner by a scientist who personally sat down next to a wailing cancer patient to jolt down notes racing with the pulse of the poor guy! In cases like suicide or death by hanging, the body wiggles like a worm as it fights with all its in-built summation of power to escape itself from strangulation struggle. There was this guy called Nicolas Minovicis, a forensic science professor and he wanted to know how a body reacts during hanging! He designed a device which is actually a rope knot that loops round a pulley attached to the ceiling. On his first trail,Nicolas barely survived 6 seconds. A further leap of faith and the next time, Nicolas brought assistants to pull the rope. With lots of practice, the scientist managed to endure 25 seconds swinging by his neck. For the final showdown, Nicolas had something much elaborate- he decided to hang directly from the ceiling. But this time, the pain was overwhelming and he could last only 4 seconds. A burning neck traumatized him for a month. Later on, the scientist took on a different path of folk and art. Good for him!

 

10. Self Surgery

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If expired medicines, bed bugs, non-sterilized instruments, first time doctors with shaky hands aren’t enough to excite you, try performing a surgery on yourself. That’s what Evan O’Neill Kane did on 15 February 1921. A surgeon by profession, (That’s a relief!)Kane was to undergo an appendix operation. But a scientific impulse struck him and he thought” Will I be able to surgically cut out my own appendix ?” Surprisingly, Kane managed to find the swollen appendix and removed it in a one-of-a-kind surgery that lasted 30 minutes. Obviously, there were some miscalculations but the details will make you skip dinner! So, moving on – 11 years later, 71 year old Kane decides to self operate his hernia condition given the bolstering success of his previous self-surgery. However, the operation was problematic. With failing strength and pneumonia setting in,there wasn’t much life in him. With age comes wisdom. True. With age, also comes death! True-True!

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