The Cat Phone

For more evidence that scientific researchers are not only brilliant, but also insane, we turn to the cat-phone. In 1929 a pair of Princeton researchers, Ernest Wever and Charles Bray, hooked a live cat up to a telephone (after removing part of its skull and scooping out a good portion of its brain).

The human crash test dummy

Lawrence Patrick (1960-2006) was an American biomechanics professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Between 1960 and 1975, he was working on  “human impact survival research”. Crash test dummies did not exist yet, because science did not know for sure how much damage a human can take. So Patrick decided to carry out dozens of experiments on himself.

Australia’s military vs. a few birds

In 1932, farmers in Western Australia had a problem. An estimated 20,000 Emus were overrunning their wheat fields. The large flightless birds -often taller than 6ft/1.8meters- were a big nuisance for the farming community and so they asked the military to step in and kill them.

The fertility expert who had 600 kids

Bertold Wiesner (1901-1972) was a successful Austrian physiologist, who studied pregnancy and fertility. He was among the first who figured out how to create urine-based pregnancy tests and also assess risks of birth defects.