Elephants on Acid: and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese

By Alex Boese

Have you questioned if a severed head keeps cognizance lengthy adequate to determine what occurred to it? Or even if your puppy could run to fetch aid, in the event you fell down a disused mineshaft? And what could occur if you happen to have been to provide an elephant the biggest ever unmarried dose of LSD? the possibilities are that somebody, someplace has carried out a systematic test to discover out...'Excellent bills of a few of an important and engaging experiments in biology and psychology' - Simon Singh. If left to their very own units, could infants instinctively opt for a well-balanced vitamin? realize the key of ways to sleep on planes. Which rather tastes higher in a blind tasting - Coke or Pepsi?

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But in 1932, while still only twenty-seven years old, he became obsessed by the idea that he could restore life to the dead. At the heart of Cornish’s plan was a teeter board. This was essentially a seesaw. ” His theory was that if you could get the blood flowing in recently deceased patients who had suffered no major organ damage, life would return. During 1933 he attempted to revive victims of heart attack, drowning, and electrocution with the teeter board, but had no success. ” But the guy remained dead.

Kendrick was fictional, but he was based on an actual person—Berkeley scientist Robert E. Cornish, a man who achieved notoriety by claiming he could defeat death. Cornish’s career got off to a promising start. He was a child prodigy, graduating from the University of California with honors at the age of eighteen and receiving a doctorate by the time he was twenty-two. He then accepted a position at the University of California’s Institute of Experimental Biology, where he worked on projects such as lenses that made it possible to read a newspaper underwater.

Deep mahogany,” he mutters. He swirls the glass, noting how the liquid clings to the sides. Then he sniffs it, deeply inhaling the bouquet. “A touch of ground coffee, spices, leather, and black currants,” he murmurs. Finally, he sips the wine. He swirls it around in his mouth and allows it to linger on his tongue. He savors the experience, and only then does he let the liquid slide down his throat. He places the wineglass on the table. “A full, rounded body,” he proclaims. “Good fruit. Cloves and sweet toffee flavors.

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