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  • Science Determined Why Bearcats Smell Like Popcorn on Random Weirdest Scientific Experiments That You Won't Believe People Actually Got Funding For

    (#13) Science Determined Why Bearcats Smell Like Popcorn

    Many people who have encountered bearcats have noted that the animals smell like movie theater popcorn, and a study provided the answer as to why. The Carolina Tiger Rescue, a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary in Pittsboro, NC, put the matter to rest once and for all. While their predecessors studied the creatures' scent glands to try to find the source of the popcorn smell, the people at the Carolina Tiger Rescue were the first to test bearcat urine

    It turns out a chemical compound called 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, or 2-AP, is secreted in their urine. The compound 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline is the same compound that gives popcorn its signature smell. This smell is actually produced in the popping process, so it's inherent in the corn. 

  • A German Researcher Determined Bearded Dragons Dream on Random Weirdest Scientific Experiments That You Won't Believe People Actually Got Funding For

    (#14) A German Researcher Determined Bearded Dragons Dream

    Gilles Laurent of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, determined that bearded dragons do, in fact, dream. While the human sleep cycle (or REM cycle, more colloquially) lasts 60-90 minutes, that of bearded dragons is only about 80 seconds long.

  • In 2011, A British Scientist Spent Six Months Teaching A Tortoise To Yawn on Random Weirdest Scientific Experiments That You Won't Believe People Actually Got Funding For

    (#6) In 2011, A British Scientist Spent Six Months Teaching A Tortoise To Yawn

    Anna Wilkinson of the University of Lincoln in the UK has a pet tortoise named Moses, and she has studied him for years, putting him up to all kinds of tests. In 2006, she proved Moses was more capable of navigating a maze than mice and rats. And now Moses can yawn. Wilkinson taught Moses to yawn in an effort to study the "contagiousness" of yawning and whether or not it's related to empathy. She did this to challenge the theory the contagiousness of yawns is a result of human empathy; since tortoises lack empathy, if they also displayed contagious yawning, it would dispel that theory.

    Unfortunately, while Moses learned to yawn, it did not spread among his tortoise friends. We still don't know if yawns are contagious because of empathy.

     

  • Science Taught Us Rats Prefer Jazz Over Beethoven, But Only If They're On Cocaine on Random Weirdest Scientific Experiments That You Won't Believe People Actually Got Funding For

    (#4) Science Taught Us Rats Prefer Jazz Over Beethoven, But Only If They're On Cocaine

    If rats are going to be subjected to music, they prefer Beethoven over jazz. Albany Medical College made these findings in the course of their research, but they further discovered they could change those rats' preferences.

    If rats were injected with cocaine, they suddenly enjoyed Davis's jazzy number, "Four." Even after the cocaine was out of their system, those injected with it preferred that song going forward over "Für Elise." 

  • Stockholm University Conducted A Study That Proves Chickens Don't Like Ugly People on Random Weirdest Scientific Experiments That You Won't Believe People Actually Got Funding For

    (#1) Stockholm University Conducted A Study That Proves Chickens Don't Like Ugly People

    Dr. Stefano Ghirlanda of Stockholm University's experiment rests on the understanding that when a chicken pecks a photograph of a person, they do so because they find said person attractive. Chickens seem to be largely heterosexual as determined by step one of the process. Individual chickens were first shown a picture of a human male and one of a human female. The hens usually pecked the men, while the cocks pecked the women. Then the chickens were presented with seven different images of people, the same images college students were given to rate 0-10 in terms of attractiveness.

    Roughly 98% of the time, the chickens pecked the most attractive person in accordance with the students' ratings.

  • An Elephant Died Of An LSD Overdose In This 1962 Experiment on Random Weirdest Scientific Experiments That You Won't Believe People Actually Got Funding For

    (#7) An Elephant Died Of An LSD Overdose In This 1962 Experiment

    Dr. Louis Jolyon "Jolly" West ran the 1962 experiment on an elephant named Tusko, whom he and his colleagues murdered. West's aim was to determine if LSD could induce a natural state in a bull elephant called "musth," which "is a period of heightened testosterone production and high aggression," according to The Guardian.

    West and his cohorts injected Tusko with 297mg of LSD, way too much even for a three-ton elephant (a human of that size would still be flying high on 10mg). But it probably wasn't even the acid that killed Tusko. West overcompensated by pumping the elephant with too much Thorazine, an anti-psychotic. He then followed up with a tranquilizer. Tusko died one hour and 40 minutes after the initial dose of LSD. The Guardian claims West has been linked to the CIA's MKUltra program, which involved illegal experimentation on unwitting humans to see if mind control was possible.

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