Here is a list of some of the most ludicrous, but occasionally brilliant experiments carried out by military institutions over the years. Some you
will most likely have heard of, but other will shock and surprise.
10. Seeing Infrared
The U.S. Navy wanted to boost sailors' night vision so they could spot infrared signal lights during World War II. However, infrared wavelengths
are normally beyond the sensitivity of human eyes. Scientists knew vitamin A contained part of a specialized light-sensitive molecule in the eye's
receptors, and wondered if an alternate form of vitamin A could promote different light sensitivity in the eye.
I don't know about the rest of you but this is something I would love to have myself. If you read the full segment on the website, it goes on to say
that in WW2 Japanese fighter pilots were given Vitamin A preparation which actually increased their ability to uptake the Vitamin. They then followed
this with a daily supplement, and some reports suggested there was an improvement of 100% in pilots night vision.
9. Get Your Plutonium Shot
As the United States raced to build its first atomic bombs near the end of World War II, scientists wanted to know more about the hazards of
plutonium. Testing began on April 10, 1945 with the injection of plutonium into the victim of a car accident in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to see how quickly
the human body rid itself of the radioactive substance. That was just the first of over 400 human radiation experiments.
Back in the days before radioactive fear gripped the world plutonium and other radioactive metals were used on people to categorise the effects. I'm
sure you've all heard of the stories about radium tablets being sold to the domestic market to put in kettles and drinks containers, as though we
didn't have enough of the deadly substance in our diet.
8. Rocket Rider
Before man could launch into orbit and to the moon, he rode rocket sleds on the ground first. NASA scientists developed decompression sleds that
could race at speeds of more than 400 mph before screeching to an abrupt halt, and early testing often had fatal results for chimpanzee subjects that
suffered brain damage.
So this seems kind of fun until you read the abrupt halt part. I'm pretty sure that even in the 1950s they were aware of f=ma, and other important
equations which would lead to the conclusion that an abrupt halt after this speed leads to detached retinas.
7. Pacifist Guinea Pigs
Most soldiers don't sign up to fight deadly viruses and bacteria, but that's what more than 2,300 young Seventh-Day Adventists did when drafted
by the U.S. Army. As conscientious objectors during the Cold War who interpreted the Bible's commandment "Thou shalt not kill" very literally, many
volunteered instead to serve as guinea pigs for testing vaccines against biological weapons.
What can I say, Vietnam, or stay and home being injected with God knows what? Tough choice really.
6. Falling Near the Speed of Sound
When the U.S. Air Force wanted to find out how well pilots could survive high-altitude jumps, they turned to Captain Joseph Kittinger, Jr. The test
pilot made several jumps as head of "Project Excelsior" during the 1950s. Each time involved riding high-altitude Excelsior balloons up tens of
thousands of feet, before jumping, free falling and parachuting to the desert floor in New Mexico.
So Captain Joseph Kittinger Jr is a total bad ass, and I'm pretty sure these records are still considered impressive amongst free fall enthusiasts
today. Roll on the first skydive from space Captain JK Jr would be the first in line to volunteer.
5. Hallucinogenic Warfare
Psychoactive drugs such as marijuana, '___' and PCP don't just have street value: Researchers once hoped the drugs could become chemical weapons
that disabled enemy soldiers. U.S. Army volunteers took pot, acid and angel dust at a facility in Edgewood, Md. From 1955 to 1972, although those
drugs proved too mellow for weapons use.
Anyone who has seen Jacob's Ladder will have an inkling into this type of experiment, albeit with some poetic license. There is also a wealth of
information to be found on ATS relating to project MK Ultra and it's successors. Check out as well the CIA experiments in France, where they poisoned
the bread of an entire village with '___', which lead to mass hysteria, some suicides, and of course some really chilled out people.
4. Nerve Gas Spray
Threats of chemical and biological warfare led the U.S. Department of Defense to start "Project 112" from 1963 to the early 1970s. Part of the
effort involved spraying different ships and hundreds of Navy sailors with nerve agents such as sarin and VX, in order to test the effectiveness of
decontamination procedures and safety measures at the time.
I have to say this stuff terrifies me, I think as for quite a few people, my first experience with this stuff was the Tokyo subway attack which left
13 people dead. Then of course we heard about the infamous Saddam Hussein's dedication to producing these types of weapons.
3. Psychic Vision
Psychics may not hold much credibility among scientists, but the Pentagon spent roughly $20 million testing extrasensory (ESP) powers such as
remote viewing from 1972 to 1996. Remote viewers would try to envision geographical locations that they had never seen before, such as nuclear
facilities or bunkers in foreign lands.
Probably one of the most outrageous in the list, and I have to say I don't even 'remotely' believe in remote viewing. That is all.
2. 24/7 Warrior
Sleep can be a warrior's worst enemy, whether during day-long battles or long-duration missions flown from halfway around the world. But various
military branches have tried to change that over the years by distributing "go pills" or stimulants such as amphetamines. More recently, the
military has tested and deployed the drug modafinil - more commonly known under brands such as Provigil - which has supposedly enabled soldiers to
stay awake for 40 hours straight without ill effect.
So I came across this study a few years ago where soldiers in the Gulf were being given different types of medication to combat sleep deprival. Well
it appears the military has left the days of stimulants and amphetamines behind and graduated to a completely unknown area of drug therapy. My
personal opinion, no sleep leads to insanity, regardless of the lack physical symptoms.
1. Build Your Inner Armor
Perhaps super soldiers may not be far off after all, if efforts such as DARPA's "Inner Armor" project find success. Consider efforts to give
humans the extreme abilities of some animals, such as the high-altitude conditioning of the bar-headed Goose that has been known to crash into jet
aircraft at more than 34,000 feet. Scientists are also eying the Steller sea lion, which redirects blood flow away from non-critical organs during
deep sea dives and reduces oxygen demand.
So we still have some time to wait before we have our own veritable Wolverine
But in the mean time scientists and military advisers have been studying the abilities of various animals which can survive extreme conditions, and
optimise Oxygen uptake, with the intention of eventually applying these skills to our soldiers.
Couple this with no sleep and you have a Super Soldier...
Either that or an insane sleep deprived Man Bear Pig.
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[edit on 25-8-2010 by Big Raging Loner]