Between 1974 and 1979, the city of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, took part in an experimental…

Between 1974 and 1979, the city of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, took part in an experimental guaranteed income program (“Mincome”). For those four years—until the project was cancelled and its findings packed away—the town’s poorest residents were given monthly checks that supplemented what modest earnings they had and rewarded them for working more. And for that time, the effects of poverty began to melt away. Doctor and hospital visits declined, mental health appeared to improve, and more teenagers completed high school.

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During an experiment sponsored by the Quaker Oats corporation, 73 mentally disabled…

During an experiment sponsored by the Quaker Oats corporation, 73 mentally disabled children were fed radioactive oatmeal in order to track “how nutrients were digested”. The children were told they were joining a science club in exchange for larger portions of food and trips to baseball games.

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We all know Sir Isaac Newton was a brilliant mathematician…

We all know Sir Isaac Newton was a brilliant mathematician and scientist, but the discoverer of gravity also had flashes of odd behavior. He once stuck a large needle into his eye socket to test his theories about vision, and later in life completely withdrew from his friends, becoming paranoid and confused. It is thought that he may have gone mad after poisoning himself in metal experiments.

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Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology…

alchy-hamster-alcoholic-croppedBack in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology project an experiment “to make a hamster an alcoholic, then to cure it of the disease.” She named the hamster “Alchy”. The hamster consumed about a pint of bourbon a month and reportedly “seems to love it.” Eventually, Alchy refused to drink any more of the bourbon-water mixture, leading the Salina Journal to comment on Apr 25, 1958 that “the animal has more sense than some people.”

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