In the 1950s a scientist used a mirror to focus the enery from a nuclear explosion to light his cigarette.
In a 2005 NASA study, scientists successfully revived bacteria that had been in a frozen pond in Alaska for 32,000 years. The microbes had been frozen since when woolly mammoths still roamed the Earth. Once the ice melted, they began swimming around, unaffected, and quickly became infectious.
A scientist in the 60s gave LSD to dolphins in an attempt to teach them English.
Two scientists skinned, boiled and swallowed a shrew without chewing it, and then carefully examined the excrement and how the carcass reacts within the human digestive system. They were rewarded the ‘Ig Noble Prize’ for their findings.
Between 1932 and 1972 the US government tricked black citizens into believing they were receiving free healthcare so they could study the natural progression of untreated syphilis.
A 1970s Canadian science experiment made drugs freely available to both caged rats and colony rats: The rats in cages developed drug habits. The rats in normal ‘society’ refused them.