Science has improved our world in a way that our ancestors never would have dared to imagine. The experiments performed by the scientists in the name of science often leads us to a better understanding of the world and to the enrichment of our lives, although it is not always so.
Unfortunately, not all of the experiments made by science are made for useful purposes for mankind. In fact, throughout history we have performed thousands of tests on many people watch your life become a hell, just for a lunatic to have fun or discover, “what if…”.
Below we will show some of the experiments most unnecessary of the history of science:
1 – The MIT tricked 100 orphans to eat cereals radioactive
During the decade of 1940, the corporation of foods, the Quaker Oats provided a grant to MIT to conduct an investigation somewhat peculiar. Your competitor in the food industry, Cream of Wheat, appeared in all the media with ads saying that the nutrients in your food traveled throughout the body.
Quaker I wanted to be able to say the same thing, but refused to say anything without prove it first. So in a display of “morality”, decided to gather 100 orphans, most mentally ill, to feed them with oats “enriched” with trace amounts of calcium and iron-radioactive, which then could be monitored.
2 – A pupil of Pávlov mimicked their experiments with children
You’ve probably heard of Ivan Pavlov, the Nobel Prize that he got a dog salivara each time I could hear the sound of a bell. As one of his students, Nikolai Krasnogorsky, decided to recreate the experiments of Pavlov using children.
With the time, Krasnogorsky had babies salivaran when they hear a bell, which helped him to discover that human beings have more self-control than dogs. Also recreated experiments that made the dogs turn violent.
The children who participated in their experiments felt so frustrated that reacted violently. In fact, the majority left the study. When he had finished his experiments with children, Krasnogorsky noted with pride that they had produced a kind of neurosis induced experimentally.
3 – The u.s. Pharmaceutical Pfizer ended the life of up to 50 children to use experimental drugs
In 1996, Pfizer tested Trovan, an antibiotic experimental on 200 nigerian children during a meningitis epidemic. In the USA and Europe it was illegal to supply this drug to any child, so that Pfizer went to Nigeria.
According to the nigerian government, the experiment was carried out without his consent and the medication ended the life of up to 50 children. The consequences were not there, the test also caused deformities, mental and physical in the majority of the survivors.
4 – The soviets tried to impregnate a woman with sperm of orangutan
Throughout his life, the biologist soviet Ilya Ivanov wanted to see a human impregnated by a monkey. Surprisingly, the soviet government was interested in this idea that when Ivanov announced his plan to artificially inseminate a woman with sperm of simian, received a grant.
Even the Pasteur Institute of France offered to be the one who is to be in charge of providing the chimpanzees required for the experiment.
Ivanov flew to Paris to get some women were pregnant for chimpanzees, but was met with a dilemma unexpected. Any French interested in the idea of being pregnant for primates.
Faced with the refusal of the women, Ivanov suggested that I could try to pretend to be a gynecologist and inseminate some patients in secret. Fortunately, the French officers he was not allowed to do this madness. After a time he decided to catch some orangutans and return to the Soviet Union, where the government was not so concerned about the violations of human rights.
Unfortunately for him, his last orangutan died before it could carry out its experiment.
5 – Rats controlled by remote control
The State University of New York has dedicated all its efforts to get something that is without a doubt the world needs: live animals directed by remote control through a mechanism connected to their brains.
Using a computing device, the scientists could use a remote control to make the rats run, turn, jump, and climb.
The creator of the system, Dr. Sanjiv talwar at, says that the rats could be used to save victims of earthquakes, although there is no record that their “ratbots” to be used to help anyone. Interestingly, the project was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense
6 – Jean-Antoine Nollet electrocutó to hundreds of monks
In the EIGHTEENTH century, Jean-Antoine Nollet was fascinated by the experiments with electricity made by Benjamin Franklin and wanted to know how fast it was traveling really the electricity.
To satisfy his curiosity, Nollet put a row of monks 1 kilometer long and made everyone hold on to the hands. He then asked to the end that they played two cables through the circulating electricity.
The objective of Nollet was to measure the speed with which the electricity traveled through the human. When the whole line of monks jumped and cried out in pain in unison, I knew it. With pride, Nollet determined scientifically that the speed of electricity was “very fast”.
7 – Children who were raised in total isolation to see what was happening
There was a time in which scientists had a strange interest in discovering the natural language of humanity. They were convinced that a child who is raised by only (without exposure to the voices) would learn to speak naturally the first language of humanity.
Interestingly, this is an experiment that has already tried several times previously. 2,700 years ago, an egyptian pharaoh ordered that two infants be raised in isolation.
When you did the experiment, one of the children babbled something that seemed to sound like the word “bekos“, the word phrygia used to say “bread“. So the pharaoh said that the phrygian was our language innate.
The emperor Frederick II went a step further and not let the babies were touched by no one. Babies who only feed and never spoke about dying in the most complete abandonment.
8 – The canadian government is deprived of nutrients to native reserves
Beginning in 1942, some canadian researchers wanted to test how important were the vitamins and nutrients, so I began a series of experiments with native speakers from all over the country. In one of the experiments they decided to discover how the subsequent a community with an intake of 1,500 calories per day without vitamin supplements.
In another, the researchers denied the milk to 1,000 hungry children for two years to see how it affected on their health.
9 – A doctor infected with gonorrhea to a child of four years just to prove that I could
In the NINETEENTH century, there was a great debate on whether the gonorrhea he could not spread as a germ. The scientist Henry Heiman believed that an experiment with lab rats would not be sufficiently conclusive, so decided to opt for the mentally disabled.
His two victims were two boys with ages of 4 and 16 years that are “injected” gonorrhea.
The experiment Heiman was a success, without reservations. Unfortunately, although Heiman knew how to infect someone with gonorrhoea, he did not know how to cure it.
10 – Gustav III made a criminal to drink 3 pots of coffee a day
When the coffee came to Sweden for the first time, it was considered as a poison that shortened the life. In the EIGHTEENTH century, established laws and taxes to reduce the consumption of coffee and tea until that time, coffee was banned completely.
The king Gustav III believed that coffee was harmful, so I decided to do an experiment. He pardoned two murderers sentenced to death with two conditions. In the first place, both would remain in prison for life. In the second place, one would take three pots of coffee every day, and the other three pots of tea.
Gustav tried to prove that their life is “shortened”, however, showed otherwise. The tea drinker died at age 83. There are No records of when he died he the coffee drinker. only known that he lived as much as the tea drinker and the Gustav III.