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"Ten of the most outlandish experiments were carried out not by crazy laboratory geeks, but hard-working, respected scientists. WARNING this quiz is not for the squeamish or people of a delicate disposition."
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In 1962 what did Warren Thomas, director of Lincoln Park zoo in Oklahoma, and researchers Louis West and Chester Pierce do in the name of scientific discovery?
Fed a female sloth a kilo of cannabis to see if she would become less active
Shot a dart containing 297 mils of LSD into an elephant to see if it would trigger 'musth', a state where a bull elephant becomes aggressive
Tried to teach a bull elephant to play a trumpet
Fed a bull elephant 1.5 kilos of cannabis see if it would trigger 'musth', a state where a bull elephant becomes aggressive
Stubbins Ffirth, a trainee doctor in the 19th century, set out to prove that yellow fever was not a contagious disease. Using fresh black vomit from a patient, what did Ffirth do to prove this?
Swallowed it undiluted
Cut his arm and rubbed it in
All answers are correct
Dribbled it into his eyes
In 1954 Soviet surgeon Vladimir Demikhov surgically created what animal that shocked the world?
A two headed dog
A two headed Parrot
A sheep with 6 legs
A dog that could survive in a vacuum.
In the 1930's, Robert Cornish, researcher at Berkeley, California thought he had discovered how to raise the dead, however his experiments on fox terrier dogs caused such outrage he was asked to leave. By 1947, after continuing work at home, Cornish announced he was ready to attempt a resurrection on a human. Who volunteered?
A man on Death Row
In 1942 a psychologist from William & Mary College in Williamsburg, stood in the dark repeating one sentence over and over all night to a group of young boys sleeping in a cabin. What was he saying?
"I can play baseball like Babe Ruth"
"I will not stutter when I wake up"
"My fingernails taste bitter"
"I will not see boogie men standing in my room at night"!
In the 1960's Martin Schein and Edgar Hale, from the Pennsylvania State University, discovered what about turkey mating behaviour?
Male turkeys are only attracted to mature females
A turkey head stuck on a balsa wood stick will attract a male turkey
Male turkeys are shy and find it difficult to perform while other males are around
Female turkeys peck their males into submission
In the 1960's, ten soldiers were the unwitting subjects of an experiment to see the effect of stress on their performance. In this case they were told that the plane they were on had lost all power and the pilot was going to attempt to ditch in the ocean.
What task were they asked to complete?
Fill out their annual tax form
To write a list of unfinished jobs around their home
To sing "Land of Hope and Glory"
Fill out an insurance form
All emotions evoke facial expressions, but are they unique to each individual or characteristic to the particular stimuli we are shown? In 1942, Carney Landis conducted an experiment hoping to answer this question. What did he ask his subjects to do at the climax of the study?
Decapitate a live rat
Eat live earth worms
Lay in a bath of live maggots
Put a ferret down their trousers
Some people can sleep through almost anything. In 1960, Ian Oswald wanted to know just how much stimulus is needed to keep someone awake.
After asking his three volunteers to lie on a couch, what did he do next?
Taped their eyes open
All of these are correct
Placed a set of flashing lights 50 centimetres away
Attached electrodes to their legs which delivered regular shocks.
Clarence Leuba, a professor at Antioch College in Ohio, wanted to find out if laughter caused by tickling was a learned or innate response. Which very unsuitable place did he use as the setting for his experiment?
The local orphanage
The local animal shelter
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