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July 1, 2016

40-year-old Twinkie



At the George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine, a Twinkie has been kept on display for 40 years.

Back in 1976, chemistry teacher Roger Bennatti placed the Twinkie on top of the class blackboard in response to a student question about the legendary shelf-life of Twinkies. Eventually, the Twinkie was moved into a glass display box, but it remains at the school as a perpetual experiment on Twinkie immortality. More info: abc news.

Related Twinkie posts:
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Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 01, 2016 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Junk Food, Experiments

June 7, 2016

Fetal Soap Addiction

June 1988: Australian researcher Peter Hepper reported in the medical journal The Lancet that fetuses often appeared to learn to recognize the theme tune of their mother's favorite soap opera. As a newborn baby, hearing this tune would then calm them down.

He tested this hypothesis by playing the theme tune of the Australian soap "Neighbours" to a group of newborns whose mothers watched the show. Upon hearing it, he reported, six of the seven babies promptly adopted a "quiet alert state."

The Lancet - June 11, 1988





Des Moines Register - June 29, 1988

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Science, Experiments, Television, 1980's

April 21, 2016

Three-Winged Chickens

1950: Scientists at UCLA breed three-winged chickens. More buffalo wings on one bird!

Herald and News (Klamath Falls, Oregon) - Nov 9, 1950



The Eugene Guard - Nov 15, 1950

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 21, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Science, Experiments, 1950's

April 7, 2016

October 24, 2015

Punching Cadavers

University of Utah researchers rigged up a "pendulum-like apparatus" in which they placed cadaver arms, and then proceeded to make the arms punch a padded dumbbell with clenched or unclenched fist. The idea was to test the theory that the human hand evolved its shape so that men could "fistfight over females" — aka the "pugilism hypothesis of hominin hand evolution."

The researchers believe that their experiment supported the pugilism hypothesis.

More info: Science Daily and the Journal of Experimental Biology.



Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 24, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Experiments

September 1, 2015

Парк Юрского периода

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A lab in Russia is working on cloning a wooly mammoth. China and South Korea are supposed to participate in the project. Perhaps they will build their own Парк Юрского периода.

Posted By: patty - Tue Sep 01, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Experiments, Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Creatures

August 19, 2015

Drunk-O-Meter Test Fizzles

A great moment in the history of science. Arkansas, 1956.

Corsicana Daily Sun - June 8, 1956



'Drunk-O-Meter' Test Is Fizzle: Man Passes Out
HOT SPRINGS, Ark., June 8 — An attempt to test the accuracy of the "Drunk-O-Meter," a device used to measure the degree of intoxication of a person, ended in failure at Hot Springs.
The reason—the man engaged to get drunk for science passed out before he could be measured.
The experiment was conducted by police at the request of the judges' council, an official unit of the Arkansas Bar Association.
The man drank over a 20-hour period. In that time he consumed four half pints of wine, two half pints of whiskey, four half pints of "moonshine" liquor, and a half pint of vodka.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 19, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Inebriation and Intoxicants, Science, Experiments, 1950's

August 11, 2015

Strange Volunteers

My latest about.com piece: 6 insane experiments that people volunteered for.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 11, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Science, Experiments, Alex

May 24, 2015

Zero Gravity Frog

NASA footage of experiments with frogs in a zero-g environment, performed on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, 1992.


Posted By: Alex - Sun May 24, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Science, Experiments, 1990's

May 9, 2015

Music-Impregnated Milk

In this 1910 experiment, nine musicians played the "Blue Danube" waltz and other selections while farm hands milked 61 Jerseys and Holsteins.

The result: "The music calmed the nerves of the cows and their udders let down all the milk in them." Also, this milk "tasted better and had a more happy effect upon the drinkers than the milk served which had not been 'music impregnated.'"

Why aren't the upscale food stores of today (like Whole Foods) selling music-impregnated milk? I'm sure there are people who would spend the extra money for it.


Source: The Louisiana Comrade - Aug 26, 1910; also printed in the Red Lake Falls Gazette (1910).

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 09, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Food, Music, Experiments

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