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(Cracked)   Ever wondered what scientists do when they are bored? Here are six scientific experiments that were done because they just felt like it   (cracked.com) divider line 39
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2012-12-03 12:37:18 AM
nuke Japan?

drta
 
2012-12-03 12:56:08 AM
Some of that was funny....some of that shiat will haunt my dreams.
 
2012-12-03 01:03:44 AM
From my experience:

Fire.
Dry ice bombs.
Drive ice bombs in dead mice.
Making mice glow before the virus we pumped into em solidified their lungs. (closest thing to an actual experiment we ever managed to do while bored).
Making Biblical scenes using combustable foams and setting them on life like an angry god.
Coating everything we could in a one atom thick layer of gold.
Same as above but copper.
Same as above but palladium.
Same as above but something we shouldn't have used and had a long talk with EHS.
Doing shots of Eagles.
Doing shots of DMEM.
Doing shots of RPMI 1640.
 
2012-12-03 01:05:35 AM
Concrete in the anuses of gypsies?
 
2012-12-03 01:09:45 AM
You know, a lot of science is done just because they felt like it. Science is a lot like sex: Sure, it has it's practical purposes, but that's not why we do it.
 
2012-12-03 01:12:37 AM

Ashelth: Fire.


With alcohol and boric acid.
 
2012-12-03 01:30:57 AM
Which just goes one more step toward proving my hypothesis, based on anecdotal evidence and observation of a limited sample set, that all psychologists are batshiat crazy. I'm sure if I stay on Fark enough, I'll get to a reasonable certainty, statistically speaking.
 
2012-12-03 02:08:01 AM
i224.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-03 02:17:24 AM
Does not involve dolphin masturbation, but serves no other porpoise. 

lh6.ggpht.com
 
2012-12-03 02:44:48 AM
"Peter the rape-dolphin"

Okay, that's actually pretty damn funny.
 
2012-12-03 02:49:30 AM
Back in AP Chemistry, we made nitrated cellulose using cotton from pillow stuffing (cotton is 90% cellulose).

Nitrated cellulose is also known as flash paper (those little paper sheets that magicians light and it flashes and is gone).

// we wanted to see how large of a chunk of nitrated cellulose we needed in order for us to see the front of the flame move across it. We, um, forgot about the whole 'flash' part of 'flash paper'.

// and now I'm off on youtube finding weird ass experiments. Like what happens when you microwave a 100 count pack of CDs
 
2012-12-03 03:05:16 AM
I was introduced to these videos at Number 17.

I give you Saturday Morning Science, or, What happens when you give an ISS astronaut a camera on the space station and let him wonder what happens if....

The Technical Term is "Science of Opportunity"
 
2012-12-03 05:06:01 AM
sure, people will do all sorts of shiat for the lulz. once again: reporting stupid science stuff publicly just helps believers of invisible sky wizards stay firmly rooted in their ancient magic texts. yes, that's just my opinion, but i feel strongly about it. how do you expect other people to evolve if you keep feeding them the scientific equivalent of a cartoon strip? a/k/a you're not helping. farking chicken heads for gosh sakes. the whole playing with dead animals / dead parts is just disrespectful, offensive and wrong. if you saw a child doing such a thing you explain to the child lovingly why their behavior is improper. adults are supposed to know better.
 
2012-12-03 07:12:10 AM

Ashelth: From my experience:

Fire.
Dry ice bombs.
Drive ice bombs in dead mice.
Making mice glow before the virus we pumped into em solidified their lungs. (closest thing to an actual experiment we ever managed to do while bored).
Making Biblical scenes using combustable foams and setting them on life like an angry god.
Coating everything we could in a one atom thick layer of gold.
Same as above but copper.
Same as above but palladium.
Same as above but something we shouldn't have used and had a long talk with EHS.
Doing shots of Eagles.
Doing shots of DMEM.
Doing shots of RPMI 1640.


Extremely curious about the bolded.
Also, what do Eagles and Dmem taste like? I am honestly curious.
/works with viruses too
//ill tell you mine if you tell me yours.
 
2012-12-03 07:31:49 AM
Still no cure for cancer.
 
2012-12-03 07:35:50 AM
WTF am I reading?
 
2012-12-03 08:39:36 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Which just goes one more step toward proving my hypothesis, based on anecdotal evidence and observation of a limited sample set, that all psychologists are batshiat crazy. I'm sure if I stay on Fark enough, I'll get to a reasonable certainty, statistically speaking.


Speaking as a psychologist, I entirely concur with your hypothesis. We're right up there with theater-people for being nuttier than squirrel poo.
 
2012-12-03 09:04:58 AM
They read Fark.
 
2012-12-03 09:08:48 AM
Sucked the middle slug out of pennies using only silver nitrate, leaving a thin shell of copper cladding.

That, or freezing things in liquid nitrogen and then smashing them.
 
2012-12-03 09:20:02 AM
Could someone clue in a Farker whose job censors Cracked?

/10x
 
2012-12-03 09:31:57 AM
i48.tinypic.com

Not sure what Gibbons on Helium sounds like, but I like the cut of her ballons.
 
2012-12-03 09:37:30 AM
Man, some people end up in all the good labs.

Here I am, wasting my time with robots for theory-of-mind and social signal processing research. I could be convincing other grad students to give dolphins hand-jibbers or to decapitate mice while taking their picture. For science.
 
2012-12-03 09:48:52 AM
I liked this article, good find
 
2012-12-03 10:04:13 AM

Ashelth: Same as above but something we shouldn't have used and had a long talk with EHS.


Your EH&S must be a bit friendlier than mine. I got a stern talking to for having 14-month old (but properly stored) ether.

A friend and I discovered that Nalgene bottles explode louder than a shotgun round when stuffed with water and dry ice. We also couldn't find any pieces except the neck and screwcap.
 
2012-12-03 10:08:49 AM
 
2012-12-03 11:00:35 AM
I offer this, in the style of TFA:

And how about the dudes who pioneered the "spinal tap" (and no, it wasn't Tufnel, Smalls, and St. Hubbins)? They decided to skip all that "scientific method" nonsense and just poke holes in each others' spinal columns. Because it's not a party until somebody spends a week in severe neural shock vomiting his guts out due to severe lack of cerebrospinal fluid. The same dudes also invented the aptly-named (because of its mad-scientist origins) "blood patch" which was their answer to the problem of "my dumbass colleague just poked a large hole in my dura mater and I'm leaking cerebrospinal fluid faster than my body can replace it." Basically, they just take some blood out of a convenient vein and INJECT IT INTO YOUR SPINAL COLUMN. You know, because "hey, wouldn't it be cool if we all had blood in our spinal columns? I bet that would be awesome!"
 
2012-12-03 11:34:40 AM
Dolphins are huge sex addicts. Trainers often have to give them 'personal massages' to get them to
play ball (as it were).
 
2012-12-03 11:57:28 AM
So dolphins and bonobos share a great deal in common, interesting.

Bonobo Handshake
 
2012-12-03 01:20:13 PM
star.psy.ohio-state.edu
 
2012-12-03 02:25:10 PM
img854.imageshack.us

Build Fort Kickass,

Or a fully integrated multi-fetish artificial being that learns.
 
2012-12-03 02:27:36 PM

Wicked Chinchilla: Ashelth: From my experience:

Fire.
Dry ice bombs.
Drive ice bombs in dead mice.
Making mice glow before the virus we pumped into em solidified their lungs. (closest thing to an actual experiment we ever managed to do while bored).
Making Biblical scenes using combustable foams and setting them on life like an angry god.
Coating everything we could in a one atom thick layer of gold.
Same as above but copper.
Same as above but palladium.
Same as above but something we shouldn't have used and had a long talk with EHS.
Doing shots of Eagles.
Doing shots of DMEM.
Doing shots of RPMI 1640.

Extremely curious about the bolded.
Also, what do Eagles and Dmem taste like? I am honestly curious.
/works with viruses too
//ill tell you mine if you tell me yours.


My guess is Chromium, or some other heavy metal.
 
2012-12-03 02:44:00 PM

Victoly: [i224.photobucket.com image 700x377]


Best. Webcomic. Ever.
 
2012-12-03 06:31:33 PM
Will a Male Turkey Fark a Severed Head on a Stick?

So even turkeys like blowjobs?
 
2012-12-03 07:10:52 PM
I have heard that precipitation-hardened aluminum was discovered because a research assistant had a date. See, it was Friday night and the assistant wanted to leave. But the guy in charge of the science was all "test more mechanical properties". He was talked down to just a few hardness tests. Monday morning they went to finish up the work and found the hardness was very different. Lots of science later, it turns out that if you put the right impurities/alloys in aluminum, they will gradually agglomerate which, as we all remember from our materials science courses, can improve the mechanical properties, such as hardness.

/I have not verified this story
 
2012-12-03 07:21:08 PM
From TFA: All while at least one scientist in the room tried desperately to hide his erection.

Should have ended all six stories with that line.
 
2012-12-03 08:01:15 PM

Wicked Chinchilla: Ashelth: From my experience:

Fire.
Dry ice bombs.
Drive ice bombs in dead mice.
Making mice glow before the virus we pumped into em solidified their lungs. (closest thing to an actual experiment we ever managed to do while bored).
Making Biblical scenes using combustable foams and setting them on life like an angry god.
Coating everything we could in a one atom thick layer of gold.
Same as above but copper.
Same as above but palladium.
Same as above but something we shouldn't have used and had a long talk with EHS.
Doing shots of Eagles.
Doing shots of DMEM.
Doing shots of RPMI 1640.

Extremely curious about the bolded.
Also, what do Eagles and Dmem taste like? I am honestly curious.
/works with viruses too
//ill tell you mine if you tell me yours.


I'm so not answering that :P

Plain, not so awful. Closer to drinking an IV bag, mainly a texture problem. The 'premium' stuff (with FCS) holy bouncing ass rape, that was nasty. Part of the problem was knowing "hey I'm drinking liquified fetus.

And the ph indicator turned most of our pee a funny color.

I worked on HIV, SIV, Equine Herpes, and a little B virus, thankfully not in anything bigger than a gene cloned into a plasmid.
 
2012-12-04 07:56:12 AM
That was the best cracked article i have ever seen.

/ mmmm, dolphins.
 
2012-12-04 05:48:18 PM
After reading this, I continue to realize that there are a lot of sick and weird people in this world. I would of never thought about these experiments at all.
 
2012-12-04 05:50:12 PM

I sound fat: That was the best cracked article i have ever seen.

/ mmmm, dolphins.


The best in a long time for me.
 
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