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  • Science is weird, and sometimes in order to make  a breakthrough, you gotta just get weird right  

  • along with it. Today we're looking at the top  ten weirdest scientific studies ever conducted.

  • 10. “Shots, shots, shots!”

  • 2006 was a simpler time, and it would  still be 3 years until LMFAO released  

  • their iconic party anthem, “Shots”.  Yet science was well ahead of LMFAO,  

  • as researchers plied subjects with large amounts  of alcohol in the name of scientific research.

  • The aim of the study was to see how badly  talking on a cell phone affected a person's  

  • ability to drive. Naturally, they compared it  to how badly drinking heavily impaired a person-  

  • but first they'd have to get their data, which  meant getting 40 people good and sloppy drunk.

  • First they put participants in front of  a driving simulator completely sober,  

  • and without a phone in their handsUnsurprisingly, most people did pretty well  

  • avoiding accidents or fender benders. Next, they  put those same drivers back in front of the wheel,  

  • but this time they gave them a phone and  had them carry on a conversation. Finally,  

  • scientists plied a new group of drivers with  alcohol until they were legally drunk and put  

  • them back in front of the same driving  simulator. The results were shocking.

  • The data showed that drivers carrying  on a conversation on a phone-  

  • even when it was hands-free- were as prone to  getting into an accident as the drunk drivers,  

  • showing that driving while yapping on a cell phone  was as bad as driving drunk. Perhaps the most  

  • surprising revelation however was that hands-free  cell phone use was as bad as regular phone use.

  • 9. Poop Knifes

  • Being a scientist can be a tough jobespecially when you spend half your  

  • time pleading and begging for funding to  fuel your next brilliant breakthrough.  

  • It probably doesn't make any scientists in our  audience feel better then to hear about our next,  

  • fully funded scientific study to  disprove a native Inuit urban legend.

  • For years a story circulated through  academic and popular literature of an  

  • Inuit man who's family asked him to move into  their settlement. The stubborn old man refused,  

  • so to encourage him the family took away all his  tools and left him on his igloo out on the ice.  

  • Stubborn to his core, the man instead shruggedwalked outside into the freezing temperatures,  

  • and dropped a deuce. Once his captain's log  was hard as ice, he carved it into a knife  

  • using his hands and his spit, then used  the knife to butcher a dog for its meat,  

  • used its rib cage as a sled, its hide asharness which he attached to another dog,  

  • and simply rode off into the dark winter  night, like some sort of crappy Santa.

  • For some reason we cannot possibly fathomscientists took issue with this story and  

  • set out to prove or disprove it. For eight days  a team of researchers adopted an Inuit diet-  

  • for authenticity of their building materials- and  then froze their bottom brownies before carving  

  • them into blades. Using a pig carcass, the team  attempted to slice and butcher the dead animal.  

  • Unsurprisingly, the human dookie  blades did nothing but leave brown  

  • streaks on the hide of the dead pig. Next time you're looking for a job,  

  • try and remember that someone got paid a lot of  money to find out human poop knives don't work.

  • 8. Good Intentions and the Ear Mites

  • This next story hits a little close to homesince we had our own lab rat and resident  

  • challenge expert once infest himself with lice  to try out various treatment options- you can  

  • find that little internet gem in our episodeSo I Gave Myself Lice... And This Happened.

  • However, we were pretty sure of the  outcome. It seems veterinarian Dr.  

  • Robert Lopez needed proof that bugs are in  fact transmissible between animals and humans.

  • For his study, Dr. Lopez set out to see if ear  mites could be transmitted from a cat's ear  

  • to a human ear. He wasn't able to find the  answer in any medical literature and was  

  • concerned about a woman's child who slept  with a cat suffering from ear mites. So  

  • he sacrificed himself on the altar of  science by infesting his left ear with  

  • ear mites from the affected cat. Sure enoughhe developed an ear infection severe enough to  

  • limit his hearing. To verify his resultshe repeated the experiment two more times.

  • Don't worry though, Dr. Lopez wasn't done yet, and  subsequent experiments saw him infect himself with  

  • ringworms, pinworms, and roundworms. Which gives  us a lot of ideas for new challenge episodes!

  • 7. Octopuses on E

  • Listen, we tried hard to think ofbetter title for this next experiment,  

  • but sometimes you can't do better than real life.

  • Octopuses are strange creatures- so strange in  fact that some scientists have even hypothesized  

  • they may not be part of the same tree  of life as the rest of life on earth.  

  • That's right, octopuses are alien  enough to maybe actually be alien.  

  • While this next study didn't prove or disprove  that octopuses are alien, it did prove at least  

  • that there's a strong chance we come from  different branches of the same tree of life.

  • Scientists wanted to know if the same serotonin  transporter is present in both humans and  

  • octopuses, so to test this fact they needed to  fire up that serotonin and see what happened.  

  • And what better way to get the serotonin  flowing than with heavy use of drugs.

  • Scientists drove their octopuses to Burning  Man and doped them up on ecstasy- fine,  

  • they did it in a controlled lab environment, but  rest assured those octopuses were rolling hard.  

  • Ecstasy just so happens to bind to a specific  gene which researchers could observe to verify  

  • their conclusions, and unsurprisingly, the  octopuses- who were tripping hard at this point-  

  • started becoming more social and a lot more touchy  feely with each other. Which anyone who has ever  

  • been to Burning Man can confirm is proof Octopuses  have the same capability to roll on E as humans.

  • 6. Everything is Awesome!- Even Poop

  • Another poop study, because  for some reason science has  

  • yet to plunder all the scientific wealth  that poop apparently has to offer.  

  • Listen, some scientists dedicate their lives  to eradicating deadly diseases or unlocking  

  • space travel, while others push the boundary  of human poop knowledge ever bravely forward.

  • Six researchers from the University of Melbourne  swallowed a Lego figurine head and then tracked  

  • it as it made its way through their body, and how  long it took to poop it out. Before the experiment  

  • though, the participants measured their- and we're  not making this up- Stool Hardness and Transit  

  • Score, or SHAT, with the dependent variable  being the Found and Retrieved Time, or FART.

  • We're the ones who get paid to make poop jokes on  the internet, so scientists, stay in your lane.

  • Unsurprisingly the lego head traveled  through their systems with ease,  

  • but if you're a University of Melbourne  student you can rest easy knowing your  

  • tuition is going to fund some of the most  groundbreaking research in human history.

  • 5. Dead Man Karate

  • Dead Man Karate sounds like some kind of awesomemysterious fighting style- but it's not. Instead,  

  • it's basically scientists using dead  people to punch stuff because... science.

  • The human hand is weird when you compare it  to that of our closest relatives, the apes.  

  • We've got shorter palms and fingers but  bigger thumbs, and while the common argument  

  • is that this improves our dexterity and  allowed us to master the use of tools,  

  • some scientists believe that it was also a natural  adaptation that allowed us to develop the punch  

  • as a fighting technique. Animals after all have  all kinds of advantages we don't- teeth, claws,  

  • spines and spikes of all kinds, and our closest  relatives basically have superhuman strength.  

  • Compared to every other animal out there, humans  without tools are just two-legged buffets.

  • However, a punch can really make the difference  when you've got no natural weapons. To prove this,  

  • scientists hacked off the forearms of eight  male cadavers and then rigged them up onto  

  • a pendulum. The hands were manipulated intotraditional punch and an open handed strike,  

  • with the results showing that a punch withtight fist delivered over half as much force as a  

  • strike with a loose fist. The shape a human fist  makes when it's balled up tightly into a punch  

  • also helped protect the hand and forearm  from damage, proving that while our hand  

  • may not have evolved specifically for  punching, it's very well suited for it.

  • 4. Mosquitoes Have Good Taste In Music

  • Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animal in the  world, responsible for hundreds of millions of  

  • human deaths over the course of history. That's  why any study that promises a new weapon against  

  • this winged menace is welcome in our bookbut this time, the sword is double-edged.

  • It's known that low-frequency vibrations  help insects get laid- we're not being crass,  

  • that's literally the science. Male and  female mosquitoes use the vibrations of  

  • each other's wings to find each other and  copulate. However, nobody knew what would  

  • happen if you set out to disrupt the ability  for mosquitoes to sense these vibrations.

  • Then scientists blasted mosquitoes with the  Skrillex song Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,  

  • watching how mosquitoes reacted. Incredibly, the  song seemed to significantly reduce the mosquito's  

  • appetite for food and sex both, likely because  it overwhelmed their sensory organs and messed  

  • with their perceptions. The research was carried  out as an attempt to find environmentally friendly  

  • ways to control mosquito populations, though we're  not sure what's worse- being forced to sit through  

  • Skrillex at high volumes or running the risk of  catching dengue fever from a swarm of mosquitoes.

  • 3. Captain Obvious and the Black Widow

  • 1933 was a heady time for science. Einstein's  General Theory of Relativity had upset classical  

  • Newtonian physics, man was dreaming of taking  rockets into space, and the airplane had at last  

  • brought mankind so close together that surely war  was never possible again. But, in the mind of Dr.  

  • Allan Walker Blair of the University of Alabamathere were some questions science still needed to  

  • settle- such as this superstitious fluff that  Black Widow spider bites were truly dangerous.

  • Ain't no overgrown skeeter-killer  gonna stand in the way of science,  

  • so Dr. Blair hollered out, “Roll Tide!”, and  shoved his finger right in a Black Widow's face.

  • The results were immediate, and completely  obvious to any of the millions of country  

  • folk who had dealt with Black Widows  on their land for hundreds of years.  

  • Within two hours the good doctor's assistant  had to take over writing the lab notes  

  • because Dr. Blair was suffering from extreme  pain, uncontrolled sweating and vomiting,  

  • and severe mental status changes. It  took two days for the symptoms to go away  

  • and the good doctor to state at last for all  science to acknowledge, “The venom injected by  

  • the bite of the adult female spider, Latrodectus  mactans, is dangerously poisonous for man.” 

  • Then a few years later an entomologist from  the University of Kansas thought to himself,  

  • “'aint no bog-dwelling 'Bamer boy gonna  outscience me!”, and went and got himself bit too.

  • 2. Improving American Healthcare

  • Americans will do literally anything to  figure out how to deny healthcare to most  

  • of its population, so scientists set about  to figure out how to treat kidney stones  

  • without actually letting someone see a doctor.

  • After a patient told him that he had dislodged  one of his kidney stones at a roller coaster,  

  • Professor David Wartinger of  Michigan State University College  

  • decided to build a replica renal system  and take it with him on several coasters-  

  • and sure enough the side-to-side motion of  being jostled seemed to work kidney stones free.

  • Researchers later got wind of this curious  find and conducted more rigorous tests,  

  • discovering that riding at the back ofrollercoaster had an exponentially greater  

  • kidney stone passage rate at 23 out of 36 ridesthan riding at the front at 4 out of 24 rides.

  • So next time you've got a kidney stone, buy  yourself a day pass to a local theme park,  

  • because you can't afford  medical treatment anyways.

  • 1.

  • Thanks to a totally mysterious and utterly  unexplained rise in authoritarianism starting  

  • in the year 2016, social scientists have been  increasingly curious about how to identify  

  • far-right authoritarian tendencies in  people and their support for dictators.  

  • This time they linked up with regular old  scientists to make a startling discovery- people  

  • who are disgusted by body odor are far more likely  to support authoritarian policies and figures

  • The study measured individual's social  attitudes on a Right-Wing Authoritarianism scale  

  • and their responses to the body odor of strangersInterestingly, those who displayed the greatest  

  • disgust at another person's body odor also scored  highest on the Right-Wing Authoritarianism scale.

  • The researchers concluded that  individuals specially sensitive to their  

  • chemo-signalling system, a tool for regulating  interpersonal contact and disease avoidance,  

  • were more prone to fall in line  with authoritarian figures since  

  • xenophobic views are so closely aligned with  dictatorships. For their research, they used  

  • speeches and news reports of Donald Trump, who  frequently showed authoritarian tendencies.

  • Now go watch Science Experiments That Went  Horribly Wrong- or click this other video instead!

Science is weird, and sometimes in order to make  a breakthrough, you gotta just get weird right  

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