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10 Mad Scientists Who Went Too Far

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A staple trope of popular culture, the mad scientist is epitomized by a white robe wearing, frazzle haired harbinger of technology misused and calculations gone awry. But the reality is all too true, and scientists mad or otherwise ill-informed or ill-intentioned have certainly caused chaos in the annals of research. In this account, we look at 10 must-know mad scientists who took their research a little too far, including the Russian serial dog head transplanter, a Spanish researcher who remote controlled a live bull, and the German doctor who probed his own heart. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Brutal Historic Serial Killers https://youtu.be/qSZwX8aNhxs?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnIYyd7gYfzJto1ix7J_3r-6 Top 10 Bizarre and Brutal Criminals Cases https://youtu.be/VusJyweaVGE?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnIYyd7gYfzJto1ix7J_3r-6 Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-must-know-mad-scientists-went-far.php Coming up: 10. Trofim Lysenko 9. William Buckland 8. Werner Theodor Otto Forssmann 7. Vladimir Demikhov 6. Jose Delgado 5. Stubbins Ffirth 4. Robert G. Heath 3. Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov 2. Harry Harlow 1. Giovanni Aldini Source/Further reading: http://www.famousscientists.org/trofim-lysenko/ http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-father-and-son-who-ate-every-animal-possible http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1956/forssmann-bio.html https://youtu.be/mADRJxvRf3c http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2012/10/mad-scientists-of-the-modern-age-vladimir-demikhov.html https://youtu.be/6nGAr2OkVqE http://www.madsciencemuseum.com/msm/pl/the_remote_controlled_bull https://youtu.be/7rXx09jVZnY https://windowthroughtime.wordpress.com/tag/stubbins-ffirth/ https://youtu.be/sBuF9jDrYAc https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ezzvem/wireheading-1950s-wetware-hacking http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-russian-government-once-funded-a-scientists-quest-to-make-an-ape-human-hybrid-5043859/ https://youtu.be/_O60TYAIgC4 http://www.ua-magazine.com/harlows-pit-of-despair-for-baby-monkeys/ http://www.corrosion-doctors.org/Biographies/AldiniBio.htm https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mad_scientist.svg https://www.flickr.com/photos/glenirah/4376553184 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rasputin-Big-photos-2-crop.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lysenko_with_Stalin.gif https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lysenko_in_field_with_wheat.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1938-Gubkin-Lysenko.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Buckland_(Claudet).JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Buckland_by_Thomas_Phillips.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Buckland._Mezzotint_by_S._Cousins,_1833,_after_T._Ph_Wellcome_V0000861.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_buckland_1.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:5-week-old_Golden_Retriever_puppy.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Buckland_family_silhouette.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Werner_Forssmann_nobel.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Werner_Forssmann.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUQwQ1csRuU https://commons.wikim
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Text Comments (871)
Ben Baxter (7 days ago)
1:13 He looks like ozymandias from the movie watchmen XD
TheLoneRideR (9 days ago)
No. 1 sounds like the inspiration for Mary Shelly's Frankenstien...
Creativity Forever (12 days ago)
Information is okay 😪 but...something just is not right here🙊
J. P. (13 days ago)
Did he just say McUltra? Like McDonald’s? It’s M-K-Ultra. I know they’ve referred to it in other videos. Also, is it just me, or are there more ads in TopTenz videos than others?
Devin Patterson (16 days ago)
McUltra sounds like a new kind of burger
Jake (19 days ago)
1 Edison electrocuted elephants to death. For Reasons. 2 Tesla started to claim he built multiple doomsday devices like earthquake machines and laser cannons. 3 Not sure who to credit for this but, there is an experiment out there where a bunch of chimps were put into a cage with their young. Then the floor was heated up. The chimps would lift their young to keep them off the increasingly hot floor. Until it became so hot that the mother chimps put their young on the floor and stood on them. For Science! 4 Probably the same Ahole, but another chimp experiment placed a group of chimps in a cage. Food was then placed in the cage but whenever any chimp got near the food, all of the chimps would be sprayed by very cold water from a fire hose. This went on for some time and the chimps learned not to get near the food. Then they let an entirely new group of chimps into the cage with the first group. The new chimps would start to go near the food and the first group would beat the crap out of them to avoid getting sprayed with the water again. I guess this was to figure out a new way to get fat people to lose weight or something. 5 The guy that is currently putting chips on roaches and he can steer them with a remote control. It actually works too. It is all part of a brilliant plan to get the health department to shut down all vegan restaurants.
Ellen Ripley (19 days ago)
He should have tried a puffer fish.
Samuel Pope (24 days ago)
I want a radio controlled monkey!
Petteri Tuovinem (25 days ago)
why there isn't the ms scientist of Lichtenstein Leonard Von Musselchopff
Omar Northtower (1 month ago)
I see a link between mad scientist and Russians.
Allan Cooney (1 month ago)
If only Lysenko had discovered Brawndo mother Russia could've ruled the world
Elias Isaac (1 month ago)
In this day and age.....the spanish guys research is limited because its in spanish? Unbelievable
wirehead1000 (1 month ago)
Thomas Midgley Jr. was an American mechanical and chemical engineer. He played a major role in developing leaded gasoline and some of the first chlorofluorocarbons, better known by its brand name Freon; both products were later banned due to concerns about their impact on human health and the environment. Wikipedia  He drank Tetraethel lead to prove it was harmless after workers in his factory became sick physically and died,denying the obvious.  He eventually contracted polio and strangled to death in a machine he had built to help him get out of bed.  He qualifies.
Dognabbit VII (1 month ago)
i don't consider anything 'way to far' in scientific experiments
Iama Wanderer (20 days ago)
I bet youd be singing a different tune if a dimented doctor said "Next!"...and the next person in line was YOU. Maybe?! Ugh.
Djordje Zivkovic (1 month ago)
russian sicoks
Drew Durant (1 month ago)
I recently subbed to your channels and I love them!! Thank you for all of the hard work team!!!
Christy Gagnon (14 days ago)
🤗☕
Sahre Davis (1 month ago)
6:18 dude I can only imagine meth would take you to think those thoughts .. dam
Rob Andrews (1 month ago)
Dr. Jose Delgado,--the remote control of bull--is every dictators dream come true. I bet he had support from General Franco.
Hector Delgado (1 month ago)
Damn my ancestor worked on mind control?
joeschap (1 month ago)
Regarding Harlow, he was responsible for bringing attention to the infant’s need for maternal contact. Remember that, at the same time, the celebrated B. F. Skinner was marketing the Air Crib, which was a human infant isolation chamber suggested as a scientific advance for caring for all infants. It’s ridiculous that you can pull this information out of historical context and hold early research to the standards of what we know now.
Loli4lyf (1 month ago)
Where's the medic?
WormholeJim (1 month ago)
Nr. 1 could actually well have been what inspired Mary Shelly to writing "Frankenstein". Aldini being a showman with his electrical reanimation, and Shelly being part of an inquirering and curious group of people she could easily have heard about Aldini, even attended one of his show when she wrote her story in 1817.
kegsofvomitspit (1 month ago)
How did John C. Lilly not make this list?
MrFuggleGuggle (1 month ago)
The weak should fear the strong. Through science and invention our chains may be broken. Fear of the unknown seeks only to censor greatness. I’ll show them. I’ll show them all...
Paul (1 month ago)
Why was eating puppy flesh the place you draw a line? Lol
Larry Fine (1 month ago)
What do you call a two headed dog? K18
chocobo child (1 month ago)
The guy who ate H.pylori to show that stomach ulcers were caused by said bacteria and could be cured with antibiotics.
SemorreButte (1 month ago)
Josef Mengele was my guess for #1
jack ripper (1 month ago)
Man i love those ads halfway through the video
m begum (1 month ago)
The man who tasted animals just ruined my pancakes with banana and syrup!
slinq (1 month ago)
yeah he totally said mkultra
Matdy James (1 month ago)
too much animal torture.
Dion Sweeting (2 months ago)
What happened to the mad scientist who did the research on the Tuskegee male population or that don’t count
daniel soto (2 months ago)
Japanese unit 731
Catatonic Pikachu (2 months ago)
Ok so, i can understand collecting human semen to inject into a female ape but how do you inseminate a Human Female with Ape sperm?
Phoenix Vanguard (2 months ago)
This guy is a great speaker, but has a strange habit of mispronouncing words. I've heard people call MKUltra M-K-Ultra, but never "Mackultra". In another one, he said divisive as "devesive".
Romes Republic (2 months ago)
I wonder how much of the United states $700+billion military budget goes into questionable scientific research🤔
The Circle (2 months ago)
This jackass acts smart, yet says animals and humans as if that's the true way to say it....technically humans are part of the aaanimal kingdom... Therefore he should wild animal's or something, cause otherwise its like saying. Animals and dogs...see how dumb it sounds? Animals and cats, animals and monkey's, animals and horses, animals and humans. Lol
Asli Loek (2 months ago)
Why did I thought "hi Micheal here"
Jennie Wright (2 months ago)
Why is it cruel to eat puppies but not any other animal? Taking the life and consuming any animal is cruel, no matter what that animal is
Jan Ronschke (2 months ago)
Im missing Fritz Haber in this list but u already have a Video About him
Bjørn in Gulf City (2 months ago)
Mouse flesh on toast?, I will stick with Marmite thanks!...
Dirty Kuffar (1 month ago)
But Pa might not
Nom du Clavier (2 months ago)
Lotta Russians on here
Master Thief (2 months ago)
You say Aldini's experiments on *CORPSES* was both cruel and bizarre...? Bizarre, maybe, cruel though? I do not believe you can inflict cruelty upon the dead. The dead feel nothing. No matter how much you mutilate a corpse, it does not feel. Therefore you cannot inflict cruelty upon them.
R E Malm (2 months ago)
... Hmmmmm ... the CIA made me do it ... not ...
Bob Ross (2 months ago)
The "I" in "Giovanni" is silent
Iama Wanderer (20 days ago)
Umm lol no it's not.
James A. (2 months ago)
Booooooooringggggg. I guess I have zero interest for these "mad" scientist. To be fair I didn't get to 8 before I just couldn't keep watching.
Cringey Libtard (2 months ago)
Mengele? Shiro Ishii?
SkyBlue 1988 (2 months ago)
Let's start my sentence so quick then finish so slow and jerky and then edit the vid at the end of each sentence, where your suppose 2 take a breath and pause
Caleb Sherrell (2 months ago)
Vsauce?
micheal49 (2 months ago)
Experiments on chimpanzees did not "PAN" out. haw haw haw
Stanno (2 months ago)
How many YT channels do you have
Styx. (2 months ago)
analyzing which species can reproduce plays a huge impact in the evolution
David Orth (2 months ago)
Chimp human hybrids would be awesome
Tyranid Prime (2 months ago)
Would it kill you to do a second take to say MK-ultra properly? Because the Mc ultra sounds like it would give you bad farts.
EvilJ069 (2 months ago)
How is testing on a corpse "cruel"?
Concreteowl (2 months ago)
McUltra is that brainwashing people to enjoy hamburgers?
Shaun Kennedy (2 months ago)
Didn't Darwin eat every animal he could to?
Randel Smith (2 months ago)
None of the men listed were mad scientists. Much of that work cited here was the beginning of the understanding of electro physiology, blood circulation like the two headed dog experiments which we actually use today to keep donor organs alive until they can be transplanted et cetera. So I’m sorry this show is just exaggerating and trying to get likes.
Why Is Dr. Eggman Not On Here?
John Takolander (2 months ago)
Trofim Lysenko certainly barkeb at the wrong tree, But he was at least in the right forest. Some of his ideas sound familiar from epigenetics.
Iama Wanderer (20 days ago)
You mean 'barked-up the wrong tree', right?! lol
My life (2 months ago)
How much would i get paid to have the hybrid?
Mr. Grey (2 months ago)
Wow I'm smart maybe not like some of these peeps but the first one is true its called evolution meaning over time not over night 😉 my friend.
Kevin N (2 months ago)
Pseudo science? You mean like saying gender is interchangeable?
Lol McUltra...
Pratyush Kishore (3 months ago)
How many channels do you host Simon?
MrShalvayez (3 months ago)
You forgot Josef Mengele.
Kenneth see (3 months ago)
Sometimes these experiments breaks the grounds to promote advancements in science
Taigh (3 months ago)
I can't believe what that Russian guy did to those dogs
NuncNuncNuncNunc (3 months ago)
McUltra, french fries served with a generous helping of LSD.
Joseph meloncon (3 months ago)
I wanna create chaos in your annals of research
Ernest Norrman (3 months ago)
Where's Joseph Mengele?
MrMadd Hatter (3 months ago)
Everyone has a mad side to themselves. It's just how far will you embrace it?
Ru22eLL (3 months ago)
As for the criticism of eating puppies - do you think the same of eating baby sheep?
Clayton McKee (3 months ago)
So being an adventurous eater makes you a mad scientist. Got it.
Ben Kaufman (3 months ago)
Lmao bruh moment
You forgot Mengele. (Or maybe you thought his work was too sick for this channel. He crossed a lot of lines that should never have been crossed.)
R Stanev (3 months ago)
Most of the experiments he was talking about made me feel sick. How mentally ill must someone be to even think about conducting such experiments is beyond me!
Kelsi Clifton (3 months ago)
Why hurt animals why...
Paula Curless (3 months ago)
😨😨😨😨😨😨😨 😦😦 WOOOOOW!!!! Evil does exist!!!!
camille loves baekhyun (3 months ago)
Those dogs.... I'm crying
DR PASTOR MARTIN OSEMPA (3 months ago)
Don't touch that dial because coming up, we've got Tears For Fears...
CogitoErgoCogitoSum (3 months ago)
Why dont you talk about the modern day, Western-world "liberal arts" scientist who publishes their pseudoscientific "research" and opinion pieces, and tries to pass them off as academic and credible, and even tries to get political change based on it.
JL Caius (3 months ago)
"Cruel ex0erements on dead bodies " ?..... Is cruel really apt when referring to dead bodies ?
D.R Conly (3 months ago)
Omg, geez these scientist really went too far to find answers to improve mankind but wow. Those two headed dogs were a disgusting experiment I'm not sure we needed those results
Ryan Mcclaflin (3 months ago)
Who gives Simon thumbs down? Even when I don't like the topic, he's ridiculously interesting
stone1andonly (3 months ago)
Given the time frame of Aldini's experiments, that would seem to make him a likely inspiration for the character of Dr. Frankenstein.
Amethyst Orchard (3 months ago)
Meh, these are benings... I would thought it will be the same standard with Shirō Ishii of unit 731 that sew two people to one and killed so many. That one was nightmare fuel and ironically he got war crime immunity and convert to Catholicism shortly before his death. I hope he doesn't have bail hell jail card as much as he got bail jail card.
egyptian mapping (3 months ago)
Guys i want to create a cat man. cats that can walk on two legs forever with human intelligence and human like hands
Tuck V (2 months ago)
proto furry
OsightblinderO (3 months ago)
Simon the pseudo intellectual calling scientists who happened to be wrong pseudo scientists. Lmao
malhar gudekar (3 months ago)
HEY VSAUCE, MICHAEL HERE
Evo Immorales (4 months ago)
So the chimp-human hybrid didn't PAN out eh?  Whistles makes a pun and doesn't even realize it!
Nicholas Parliament (4 months ago)
As awful as they were, Hawlow's monkey experiments taught us a lot. He wasnt testing "for love". He found that baby monkeys consistently spend more time hanging on to and cuddling with a doll made out of cloth rather than a doll made out of metal wire that provides food. Infants are born with an innate desire to be touched and comforted, and it is essential for their healthy development.
Banana (4 months ago)
It means that people can understand the long term effects of child neglect.
Melon Head (4 months ago)
So we dont mention WW2????
Melon Head (3 months ago)
There lays the problem
debbie peter (3 months ago)
I don't understand, why WW2?
Thomas Harding (4 months ago)
People make me sad. =[
Banana (4 months ago)
Many of these experiments have led to the scientific understanding that has bettered all our lives.
MikeZdoesit (4 months ago)
You really should add gender theory and fluidity to this list
Nicholaus Buthmann (4 months ago)
Well, at least Werner Otto Forssmann never did anything horrible to "anyone" else like Joseph Mengle and General Ishi most certainly did en masse. Fact is, I think I have respect for a man so confident in his gifts that he's not afraid of any mistakes that would result in his hurting or killing himself!
Kris Hazelwood (4 months ago)
Slowwww down man! Chill on the Addy's!
the proud penguin (4 months ago)
Giovanni aldini is from Bologna, one of the greatest italian cities and so am i, coincidence?
Blank Blankson (4 months ago)
I would kill any man who would do that to dogs
Banana (4 months ago)
Horrible though the experiments sound, they furthered the research into transplants, without causing human suffering, unlike what the Nazis got up to.

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