Monthly Archive: August 2015

The Conscientious Objectors Given Scabies For Science

The world denounced the horrible cruelty delivered on countless people by Nazi scientists, but there was one scientist practicing in Sheffield that was doing all sorts of horrible things to his own volunteers, conscientious objectors who were eager to show that they weren’t cowards. They were told to wear dirty underwear from scabies patients, forced to undergo surgical shock, vitamin deficiency, water deprivation, and were given wounds, all in the name of seeing what kind of impacts the experiments had on the human body. Some were even given malaria, all by a doctor who deemed the Nazi medical experiments at Dachau “reasonably humane.”

Hunting The Elusive Wild Haggis

There are few cryptids that have as complete a life cycle and a history as the wild haggis of Scotland. Even though the greater haggis is now extinct, the patient, quiet onlooker might be able to catch a glimpse of the elusive lesser haggis in the wild. Most of the haggis you find in restaurants is farm-raised haggis; this allows Scotland to preserve the few wild haggis they have left, and selective breeding has created haggis that bear bigger litters with more haglets, that are generally larger and less hairy, and that don’t get drunk as often as they used to.

The Suicidal Chef Who Inspired ‘Ratatouille’

Before his death in 2003, Bernard Loiseau was the most famous chef alive in France. The man wowed critics and customers alike with his pricey creations and his impressive three-star restaurant, La Cote d’Or. But when the Michelin Guide threatened to remove one of his stars, Loiseau started to break under all the pressure.

The Worst Poet Who Never Existed

James McAuley and Harold Stewart were determined to expose modernist poetry for the garbage it was. They wrote their own as badly as they could and created the tragic poet Ern Malley. The modernist poetry journal they hated bought it completely, singing the praises of the horrible fake poet all the way to court, where they went on trial for publishing indecency. Once it was determined that the poems weren’t indecent and the prosecutors just didn’t know what all the words meant, Ern Malley’s place in literary history was made.

The Rudest Waiter In The World

His name was Edsel Ford Fong, and he was known as San Francisco’s worst waiter. The man shouted at hungry diners, groped female customers, and spilled soup wherever he went. Oddly enough, Fong’s abominable behavior brought in loads of customers, all hoping for a little abuse from the rudest waiter in the world.

When The Government Advertised Vitamin Donuts For Health

Vitamins are everywhere, and the whole vitamin craze got started in the 1940s. During World War II, the US government wanted to make sure its citizens were getting all the nutrition they needed to support the war effort and keep the home fires burning. The idea of vitamin-enhanced foods like Vitamin Donuts (and even vitamin-enhanced tobacco) took off, and we haven’t looked back since.

The Difference Between Acceptable And Unacceptable Humorous Tragedy

While what’s funny and what’s not is largely a matter of personal taste, psychologists have found that there’s something of a comedic sweet spot that marks the difference between jokes about tragedies that are funny and those that will get you in trouble. And it’s a complicated thing that depends on how bad the tragedy was, how closely we’re personally impacted by it, what kind of joke it is, and how likely we are to believe that it actually happened.

Why It’s Surprisingly Easy To Discover A New Species

For many of us, the coolest thing we could possibly do would be discover a new species. The idea that an entire branch of life could be out there, bearing our name, is the stuff of fantasy. But to do that you’d probably need millions in funding and an expedition team, right? Not quite. According to scientists, finding a new species is remarkably easy. You don’t even need to leave your hometown to do so.