I believe that real life is stranger than fiction. I love reading about all the crazy things that happen in this world. I recently went to the library and took out a book for fun. Believe it or not I'm reading for pleasure. It's exciting to do something that makes me feel like a human being again! Anyway, this book is all about bizarre experiments that were conducted in the name of science. They're wacky, but they really were done with good intentions.
The book describes all sorts of crazy experiments like...
- Can you fall asleep with your eyes open? (It's possible)
- Do cats sleepwalk? (They can)
- Will people gamble more smelling something pleasant than smelling nothing? (They will)
- Can humans and apes mate? (???...the experiment was never completed1)
- Will Lassie get help when an owner is in trouble? (Don't count on it)
- Can you eat an animal and pick up their memory? (Doubtful...but not totally impossible)
- If you let children eat what they want will they eat a well balanced diet? (Yes...but this study only offered healthy food. No Oreos, hot dogs or ice cream. If the kids ate enough food they would have a balanced diet.)
- Is laughter an innate response to tickling or is it learned? (It seems laughter is a natural response to tickling but the experimenter's wife had a few laspses where she smiled while bouncing their baby and that tainted the experiment.)
- If a chimp is reared like a human will she develop like a human? (No! Chimps are wild. Please don't ever try this experiment again!)