If you thought the story about http://www.viddler.com/v/86e2e579the woman who regularly jerked off her dolphin friend/test subject Peter was twisted, get a load of what else happened to the dolphins in that experiment. As detailed in BBC Four's The Girl Who Talked to Dolphins, which aired tonight in the U.K., John C. Lilly was a scientist who started studying three dolphins in a partially flooded villa on St. Thomas dubbed "the dolphin house." A lot of these experiments revolved around dolphin communication—specifically, Margaret Howe Lovatt (the titular girl who talked to dolphins...sometimes with her hand) attempted to teach English to her beloved Peter.
During the Cold War, the U.S. Army pursued a research program that used soldiers as lab rats to test the effects of various chemical agents—ranging "from tear gas and LSD to highly lethal nerve agents, like VX." As a huge class action suit against the government by those who were experimented upon nears its trial date, the New Yorker has dropped a huge piece full of details on just how much crazy shit our military was doing in a single secret facility in Maryland.
Owsley "Bear" Stanley, one of the most prolific LSD producers of all time, was killed in a car accident in his adopted home of Australia today. The Bear was also a noted sound engineer, and at one time financed the Grateful Dead. He and his acid were also featured in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and Bear hung out with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey, and other noteworthy druggies from that time. He was thought to be around 76 years old.
Technically, an Australian animator made this mind-bending clip to demo the rendering of animal fur, but it doubles as an Electric Feline Acid Test. Or maybe it's a prayer designed to summon some omnipotent, spinster-like deity?
Ever wonder about the relationship between higher math, universal truths and patterns in nature? Well, even if you don't, it makes for a hypnotic video which beautifully animates geometric concepts.
Here we see the effects of LSD on British troops, the drug which was given to them in a test before daily exercises. As seen in the results, LSD induces fun times frolicking, laughing and climbing trees to feed birds.
In the 1950's, when the US government was experimenting with psychotomimetic drugs, an artist was given a dose of LSD 25 and drawing materials. His drawings—and journey—inside.
Ever thought it'd be cool to take some hallucinogenic drugs and check out a movie—say, sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey? This guy thought it'd be cool. And his trip—and resultant freakout—was recorded by five different audience members.