25 Scariest experiments

Warning: This video contains actual footage of a severed dog head, kept alive. Watch at your own peril.

[Annalee] over at io9.com has gathered together the 25 scariest science experiments.  There are some truly frightening pieces, like the cyborg beetles which we’ve seen before, all the way to silly stuff like the guy who re grew his thumb using pig powder. Next time you’re thinking of admonishing someone for creating a flamethrower, or a super fast scooter, consider for a moment that they’re not burning peoples nasal passages to stop masturbation or creating zombie severed dog heads like the one in the video above.

Comments

  1. evaproto says:

    Talking about phantom limbs More like Phantom body. And Man that must be painful. Very cool however.

  2. Joe says:

    “Zombie” dog heads? Only if you call people on heart and lung bypass machines during surgery zombies. The dog experiments were legit science and paved the way for current open heart surgeries.

  3. very displeased reader says:

    i didn’t know that hackaday was 4chan now that’s fucked up, i mean seriously i can understand if it was just a guy talking about it and the diagrams but actual video footage of the dog head? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU HACKADAY

  4. Caleb Kraft says:

    @ displeased reader,
    sorry, it didn’t occur to me that this would be upsetting to our readers. An obvious oversight on my part. I’ve now added a warning.

  5. steve-o says:

    Awesome clip!! Shoulda been posted on the 31st though, would have been much more fitting!

  6. Jack says:

    Yeah, real life scientific experiments are scary and bad. They should be banned and burned, just like books!

    Sorry, couldn’t help myself. I honestly am not sure if the comparison of Hack a Day to 4chan was for real, but either way, it was good for a laugh.

  7. Life2Death says:

    looks like the video continues. i’d like to see this zombie dog in action!

  8. iR377 says:

    I like the two tags you chose: masturbation and scary. You don’t want to mix those two things up!

  9. barry99705 says:

    I thought this was a hoax? This same “scientist” had video of a lung “breathing” outside of a body, which can’t happen.

  10. FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUU–!!!

    That’s creepy as hell, and yet absolutely fascinating. :O

    Also, don’t feed the trolls.

  11. BigD145 says:

    @Joe
    Yeah, people should be protected from reality.

  12. Knicholai Phrost says:

    Finally some good DIY advice, been having a lot of problems developing zombi squirrels…

  13. d0b0 says:

    I call shenanigans. The dogs head looked like it moved more due to neck and shoulder muscles. Does a dog lick it’s nose due to stimulus?

  14. Kyle says:

    Ok, now put the dog back together. A Hackers not worth much if they can’t put a hacked device back to working order.

  15. RandomGuy says:

    That’s crazy. With the lungs, were they just pumping air in and out to oxygenate blood?

    I imagine there are videos in a vault somewhere of soviet scientists running their heart-lung bypass machine with a whole dog, or even a person…

  16. zokier says:
  17. Hackius says:

    @barry: these experiments can’t be fake because modern surgery is based on them. They actually did all this.

  18. nave.notnilc says:

    “It seems likely that while experiments were really carried out, the operation depicted in the video was staged for the purpose of producing this science film.”

  19. James says:

    please.
    caleb
    stop

    hackaday used to be a good site, that featured hacks. you know, re purposing things, building things.

    now its all how to steal from google books or oh hey look, someone cut off a dogs head.

    We should have a way to vote on articles, or maybe color code them as to authors so we can only read articles written by people we enjoy reading.

  20. partially.fake says:

    The video is just partially fake. Lung and heart bypass experiments make sense.

    The decapitated dog head is questionable as they don’t go into the details. Metabolically they don’t mention a cleaning out the metabolic waste produced by cells (kidney/liver is missing). Also the part where the mouth moves is a little disturbing. There are a lot of muscles required to perform those actions, the dog head doesn’t even moved. There seems to be some anchor (like the rest of the dog body).

  21. colecoman1982 says:

    I’m assuming this is the video of the Russian scientist’s work (there was an American scientist named White who accomplished a similar experiment by grafting the head of a live dog onto another dog’s shoulder kinda like the Greek myth of Cerberus). I looked into this a bit and what most people have concluded is that the results he claimed in his research papers are, probably, true but that the movie itself was staged by Soviet propaganda agents to exaggerate the success and win “points” during the cold war. My understanding is that the real dog head wasn’t quite as responsive and didn’t live quite as long as the video claims.

  22. Forgot to mention that I haven’t, actually, watched the video as I feel it’s probably a little inappropriate to watch at work.

  23. nek0 says:

    WTF? a dog? c’mon, jails are filled with potential material for experiments…

    btw, this more to /b/

  24. JimSocks says:

    That scores a 9.8 on my $^#*ed-up-ometer. Where is the un-play button?

  25. this is my favorite website ever.
    add /s/ and i wouldn’t need to go to any other websites.

  26. honestly i say better too much content than too little. did caezar ever say “damn too much entertainment goin on cut that out.” no false he didn’t

  27. morbid curiosity says:

    oh man, i was looking into this stuff back in September on wikipedia. all the morbid experiments that the Germans, Japanese, and Soviets did were disturbingly interesting. the only problem is, i forgot what the terms i was looking up where… messed up stuff… but interesting nonetheless.

  28. Jack Sprat says:

    I don’t know what you guys are talking about. Creating body parts is the ultimate hack. If it actually worked, awesome. I doubt it would work for very long. It would need insulin and various other hormones. The blood might start coagulating in their air mixer device, and wouldn’t that suck to have cold blood going through your arteries.

  29. Dr: Jan Itor says:

    someone called me??… huh?’..

    okay… so come on!… this is interesting but… come on… I’ve seen a guy getting decapitated a dude torn in half, a dismembered girl… but this… this is just plain sad, if you’re going to “hack a head”, at least do it with a human, not with a completely innocent animal… plus maybe you can get the guy to talk about how he feels.

    I’m sorry Caleb, but I don’t think this is the right blog to post this kind of stuff.

    now… I’ll be back to hacking the penny in the door machine.

  30. Mike C says:

    That dog head thing, although cool, is seriously fucked up.

  31. monkeyslayer56 says:

    now that is REALLY cool :) hmmm with some tweeking my army of zombie chipmunks will be complete whahahahahahahaha

  32. jim says:

    Fake! Apparently the experts don’t think it could move its head if it was severed. However, a heart lung machine was developed by the Russians, so I imagine there’s a few dead science dogs out there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiments_in_the_Revival_of_Organisms#Fact_or_fiction.3F

  33. therian says:

    CRUEL ASSHOLES
    cant they use RATS instead of HUMAN BEST FRIEND

  34. vic says:

    therian : Do rats inherently have less a right to life than dogs or is it just because you decided so ? (Personally I’m fine with this. It’s a fallacy to believe medicine can advance without in vivo experiments)

    While a head without a body is cool, a body without a head is even cooler. Especially when the animal survives without any apparent problem (fed by its owner) for 18 month. That’s the famous Mike, the headless chicken:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken

  35. The Hatchet says:

    Its easy to hack body parts… all you need is a hatchet and then get out the trusty “autojector mk2″ hook it up to the artery and veins and your away…

    no arduino needed :P

  36. mic says:

    Therian it’s cruel and unusual to do that to any animal. I don’t like to see a dog like that either, but you will end up doing something sick no matter what. That’s just a given. The catholic church did experiments trying to graft monkey heads or some shit like that. With barbarously prehistoric equipment no less. Maybe modern experiments should be done on war criminals (I guess that would be stooping too far though.).

  37. David says:

    I do believe that the head part is fake and could easily be reproduced to make soviet science look advanced. However, the lung and heart bypasses do seem to be real.

  38. FDP says:
  39. Matt Downer says:

    I got this movie clip off a friend a while ago and watched it. Pretty crazy if it’s real!

  40. derezdev says:

    As entertaining as it is, the video is fake. The dogs body is recessed under the table (an old carnival trick) with some fur off to the side to cover the hole. If the head had been severed, it would not have the range of motion that is being exhibited. The tongue would not work as well as it is being shown to do. I don’t believe that the face would respond as it did either. The dog appears to have been sedated. The “experiments” that they are performing actually disprove its authenticity.

    I am curious to know what is in the special sauce.

  41. reed says:

    Anyone take a look at the blog with the 25 scariest experiments.

    Apparently, reprap and the LHC are in the top 25 scariest experiments. What crap.

  42. therian says:

    @vic
    “Do rats inherently have less a right to life than dogs or is it just because you decided so ? ”

    at least rats not as intelligent as dogs. And Dogs are most intelligent animals we have around (well I don’t think many of us have dolphins or monkeys as pets). Rats dont serve in army, they dont sacrifice themself in arctic cold to heat with their body heat lost person in snow which they found before rescue team. Rats dont guar owner grave for 5 years. Rats don’t give their live to save human family member from atteck or go against their nature instincts and protect cattle.
    And rats don’t conciser us as
    their family/herd

    so yes it better to sacrifice for cience rats than someone who accept human to their own herb and tread him as family member.

  43. inginear says:

    what is with all the hate people? this is cool science stuff that paved the way for the lives we live today. all the people comparing hack a day to 4chan obviously clicked a link to hack a day by accident hoping to see a severed dog’s head. if the dog’s head is actually severed the video conveniently does not show how the tubes and machine are connected to the dog’s head. and as others have said, the head would not move as much as it did if it was just laying on a table not connected to a body.

    now if we could shrink the machine down to a backpack size, put it on the backs of deceased manual labor workers, obviously with a micro-controller interfaced to the brain for control, we could have cheaper labor than we have now but with a whole lot better quality of work.

  44. vic says:

    So you’re saying intelligence is a good criteria to judge one’s right to live. Interesting.

    You got me on cattle-herding rats though. I could not find a single example.

  45. AnthonyDi says:

    HAHA they hacked the dog

  46. sad_panda says:

    This makes me sad. They could have used something less friendly like a freaking bear or a goat.

  47. XMaster1 says:

    The thing is like life support, that can keep you “breathing” and your heart pumping. It is kinda odd that the dog was not yelping out in pain when its head was there though? Wonder if the brain was “alive” at that point.

  48. TheFish says:

    XMaster1, the dogs head cannot make a sound, no lungs!!! and yes this is cruel.

  49. TheFish says:

    forgot to add, yes this is cruel but it has helped medical science, and this is kinda like running an engine out side of a car, or running a cpu across the table from your motherboard.

  50. anonymous coward says:

    7:16 Underneath the pump. that looks like an arduino, ergo real hack!

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