1. Roadkill rage experiment

NASA scientist Mark Rober conducted a tongue-in-cheek experiment to see what animals drivers are more likely to hit. He placed rubber fakes on the side of the road and found that 6% of drivers intentionally swerve to hit them, tarantulas being hit the most. – Source

2. A linguist (dâÄôArmond Speers ) in Minnesota spoke only Klingon to his son for the first three years of his life, as an experiment in language acquisition. – Source

3. In 1950, ‘One of the largest human experiments in history’ was conducted on unsuspecting residents of San Francisco by the US military in a germ-warfare simulation and Nuremberg Code violation that utilized the Bay Area’s iconic fog to help spread two kinds of bacteria over the city. – Source

4. In a very controversial experiment, identical twin boys were raised as a brother-sister pair (one boy had a botched circumcision). The truth came out when the one being raised as a girl insisted he (David Reimer [1965-2004]) was a boy. The parents admitted he was the subject of an experiment trying to prove gender identity was nurture, not nature. He later committed suicide. – Source

5. MIT once conducted an experiment in Fernald School on unsuspecting, mentally retarded children. They tricked them into eating radioactive cereal that they produced in collaboration with Quaker Oates. They told these children them they were in a “science club.” – Source


6. Hand washing

An experiment was conducted in a hospital where the sign at a hand-washing station was changed from “Hand hygiene prevents you from catching diseases” to “Hand hygiene prevents patients from catching diseases” resulting in a 45% increase in the use of soap or hand sanitizer. – Source

7. Ken Kesey (Author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) volunteered for MKUltra experiments involving LSD and other psychedelic drugs as a student. This inspired him to promote the drug outside of the experiments, which influenced the early development of hippie culture. – Source

8. 18th-century French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, as a final experiment told his colleagues that he would try to blink as long as possible after being beheaded. Some sources say he continued to blink for 30 seconds. – Source

9. In 60’s US Army as an experiment asked 2 people without any nuclear training to design a nuke with only access to publicly available documents. They succeeded in designing one.- Source

10. A 2011 Johns Hopkins study gave healthy adults a few sessions of Psilocybin (magic mushrooms). A year later, 94% of the individuals said the experiment was in their top 5 most meaningful experiences of their lives and 39% said it was the single most meaningful experience of their lives. – Source


11. David Scott

Astronaut David Scott dropped a hammer and a feather on the moon, repeating Galileo’s gravity experiment. Within the accuracy of the simultaneous release, the objects were observed to undergo the same acceleration and strike the lunar surface simultaneously, which was a result predicted by well-established theory. – Source

12. The children’s movie “The Secret of NIMH” was inspired by a real rat utopia experiment that ended in societal collapse. – Source

13. In an experiment conducted (on a guillotined man) by Dr. Gabriel Beaurieux in 1905, he quite reliably proved (to his satisfaction) that a severed head (that of the convicted murderer, Henri Languille) remains conscious and alert for some time after being separated from a body. – Source

14. Scottish psychiatrist Donald Ewen Cameron in the 50s ran experiments on humans which involved giving several electric shocks a week, taping blacked out football helmets to their heads and playing repetitive messages in their ears for months at a time. Some patients apparently forgot who they were and how to talk. – Source

15. In 1958, as an experiment, Bank of America mailed 60,000 residents of Fresno, California a small plastic card with a $500 credit line. Bank of America figured if it failed, there’d be no media coverage because it was in Fresno. The experiment was hugely successful and the program became Visa. – Source


16. Ron Jones

In 1967, a history teacher named Ron Jones performed an experiment with his class to find out why people allowed the Nazis to commit terrible acts. He brainwashed them using Nazi ideals and at the end of the week had several hundred teenage followers under his complete control before he revealed the truth. – Source

17. Wi-Fi was developed by using technology from a failed experiment attempting to detect mini black holes. – Source

18. Scientists took advantage of the three-day flight ban over the US after 9/11 to conduct experiments on the effect on the atmosphere of jet planes. They found the days were a little warmer and the nights cooler, suggesting that the exhaust trails planes leave in the sky act like clouds. – Source

19. In an experiment, every one of 54 undergraduates in winemaking and tasting thought they were tasting a red wine while it was actually a dyed white wine. Furthermore, when comparing identical wine of different prices, experts raved about the expensive wine while panning the cheap wine. – Source

20. The Monster Study was an experiment designed to induce stuttering in otherwise normal-speaking orphan children. Some of the children were praised for their speech, while others ridiculed and belittled. These children later developed speech problems that lasted their entire life. – Source

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