Top 20 Bizarre Experiments

After the publication of Elephants on Acid (around 2007), I decided that it would be a good idea to have a website to help promote the book. Something where I would feature some content from the book, as well as post new stuff related to weird science.

Most of the good domain names (including, at the time, were already taken. So I ended up creating a site at

I added some content to the site, and then, after a while, I stopped. The site lay dormant, without updates, and largely without visitors.

Fast forward to the present. It recently occurred to me that it was stupid to keep paying to keep online when hardly anyone visits it, and all the content on it would be perfectly appropriate for WU, which does have visitors.

So I'm getting rid of the "Mad Science Museum" and migrating all the content over to WU. It'll be a slow process, but if you notice me doing additional posts about weird science stuff, that's the reason.

The first thing I've migrated is my list of the Top 20 Most Bizarre Experiments of All Time.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 30, 2016
     Category: Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains | Science | Experiments

Hunh? Maybe that Clark "psychologist" conned some people into thinking #18 was valid science. Good for him. However, I had already asked several women if they would go to bed with me when I encountered them while enrolled at FSU several years before Clark's "experiment." I had the results (and the emotional bruising) before he ever began, and could have saved some taxpayer money.
Posted by Virtual on 08/30/16 at 03:57 PM
Thanks Alex, good to see this stuff get a broader audience.

#4 has the reference "(The image at the very top of this page, third from the right, shows one of Olds and Milner's rats banging on its lever.)"

There is no such image.
Posted by crc on 08/30/16 at 05:37 PM
crc -- Thanks for spotting that. Didn't spot that old reference in there when proofreading.
Posted by Alex on 08/30/16 at 06:16 PM
Ye gods, now we have to plow our way through all this old, outdated, leftover stuff along with all the other stuff we're supposed to read!?!

Well, OK, bring it on.

Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/30/16 at 10:44 PM
Sleep learning is nothing new. I and millions of others have participated in it. It's called university.

Speaking of which, I recall the bull control experiment being shown in a university beginning psych class. At the time I was much older than most other students (I was a late bloomer) and couldn't help but hear the snarky remarks from behind me by oversexed boys thinking of an application for the girls.
Posted by KDP on 08/31/16 at 01:25 PM
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