Did they really do that?

Four decades ago, a group of scientists actually thought it was a good idea to give an elephant LSD

Alex Boese
Sep 6, 2007
In a cartoon by former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe, a man reaches out and pulls a lever. Immediately a bolt of lightning strikes him from the sky. When the man is a "normal" person, he sensibly thinks, "I guess I shouldn't do that." When he is a scientist, however, he scratches his head and asks, "I wonder if that happens every time," and reaches again for the lever.Curiosity is what makes scientists tick. This curiosity can lead to great discoveries, but it can also inspire bizarre experiments that appear highly peculiar to the rest of society. Such experiments come in a number of different varieties. At one end of the spectrum are the experiments that, in the words of Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, "first make you laugh, and then make you think." The research is serious, but the subject matter contains hints of the...
2006 studyScienceresults of an experimentAlex Boese's book about bizarre experiments, Elephants on Acid from Harcourt, goes on sale November 5, 2007. He is the creator and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes, and lives near San Diego.mail@the-scientist.comThe Scientisthttp://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/52922/Annals of Improbable Researchhttp://www.improb.com/Journal of Comparative Psychologyhttp://content.apa.org/journals/com/120/2/113Journal of Psychology and Human Sexualityhttp://tinyurl.com/2a39uoElephants on Acidhttp://tinyurl.com/2lhwhlhttp://www.museumofhoaxes.com/

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