The Oddest Experiments Ever

| 9/25/2008 3:15:40 PM

Modern science has shot monkeys into space, thrown Twinkies out of windows, and given hallucinogenic drugs to elephants. None of those experiments, however, were strange enough to make Reto Schneider’s list of the nine oddest experiments of all time for the New Scientist. Schneider chose to focus the list on international experiments, including one where Russian volunteers spent 370 days in bed to mimic the effects of weightlessness on the human body. That exercise ended up ruining the marriages of some of the volunteers involved. Schneider also points to a British government study where people were infected with the common cold. A film about the experiment can be seen below:

9/25/2008 5:52:39 PM

The recent hurricane actually interrupted some stateside bedrest experimentees. Though I am too lazy to find the link right now. Also I seem to remember reading about some writerly guy who signed up for this bedrest experiment thinking he could lay around reading and writing and then ended up feeling, well, like crud. Also, link not available due to morning laziness.