8 Horrifying Experiments Done By Real-Life Mad Scientists

8 Horrifying Experiments Done By Real-Life Mad Scientists

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Much of our modern innovations are the results of hard work done by scientists in the labs across the world. The clean water we are drinking, the nutritious food we are eating, the medical supplies we are using, the cars we are driving etc, are given to us by science. We always tend to think of science only this way. But there is another angle to the scientific experiments which is very gruesome under the guise of service to humanity. These experiments take a detour from ethical principles and question our belief in the morality of scientific innovations. Below are 8 such horrifying experiments done by real-life mad scientists.

Skin Hardening

In wars, every small advantage over the enemies, give compounded returns. Albert Kligman thought that if the skins of the soldiers could be made harder then the war could be turned one sided. He took the prison inmates as test subjects. He injected the inmates with dangerous chemicals hoping to make their skin turn harder. But the test subjects are no that lucky. They got blisters, burns and permanent scars.

The Prison Experiment

We read about the violence in prisons meted out by guards. So they did an experiment to find out if the power the guards possess is possessing them back to commit such violence. Subjects were organized into two groups. Some were the “guards” and the others were the “prisoners.” Even though they were assigned these Some were the “guards” and the others were the “prisoners.” Even though they were assigned these roles arbitrarily, the “guards” quickly started displaying sadistic behavior, forcing “prisoners” to strip naked and sleep on the hard concrete. One “prisoner” was dehumanized so much that he had a mental breakdown and was forced to exit the experiment.

The Milgram Obedience Experiment

This experiment is another shocker revealing the sadistic nature inherent in human beings. Participants in this experiment were told by the experimenter to press a button that would shock another person in the other room. The person being shocked was actually just an actor pretending, but the participant didn’t know that. All they were told was that experiment required them to continue shocking this person, upping the voltage until they were motionless. The study found that 65 percent of people would continue shocking the person even after they were screaming in pain. There was no empathy, no guilt, no concern. Shocking, right?


My heart is still in pain when I read about this experiment and I couldn’t forget this baby monkey ever. Britches was a baby monkey who was torn from his mother and forced into animal testing at the University of California. He was assigned to a project that would test a prototype sonar device for blind people. The only problem is that Britches wasn’t blind. So what did they do? The scientists sewed his eyes shut. He was eventually freed by the Animal Liberation Front during a raid in 1985.

Project MKUltra

The CIA has always been obsessed with mind control. In 1950s, the in-house scientists at CIA began experiments on mind control. They found that using LSD on the target made it easier for them. LSD, Electroshock therapy and repetition of sound were used in these experiments and the findings out of these experiments were destroyed during the WaterGate scandal. But there was hard evidence that the government dosed unsuspecting citizens to observe them.

Testicle Implants

Leo Stanley was the head physician at San Quentin prison. He believed that males who committed crimes had less testosterone than other men. So he wanted to test his theory. What he did next is gruesome. He implanted the inmates with testicles and soon there was a shortage for human scrotums. So he implanted animal balls instead.

Harlow’s Experiments in Isolation

Rhesus monkeys were torn from their mothers as infants and forced into Harlow’s “pit of despair” cage, with only a water bottle to keep them company. The point of the project was to study the effects of isolation on child development and subsequent depression. Not surprisingly, the baby monkeys became depressed. They also developed physical problems like poor digestion. They also developed physical problems like poor digestion. How sadistic is this?

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

The US Public Health Service purposefully injected black male sharecroppers with syphilis in order to study its effects. The effects, of course, were that they would get horrible skin disfigurations and eventually die. It seems the government neglected to treat them after infecting them with the STD. By the way, this went on between 1932 and 1970. That’s 40 years! It spanned multiple presidencies. Such sadistic and horrifying experiments are not limited to cartoons. The crazy thing is that all these experiments are started with a good intention and took a detour from ethics of scientific experiments.
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