Friday Fun: The 5 Most Badass Things Ever Done in the Name of Research

Feb 22 2013 Published by under academia, culture of science, friday fun

Cracked is as Cracked does. Especially in this case, where some researchers do some especially cracked things. Or more precisely, things they only could have thought of after being cracked on the head.

Librarian researchers, don't try this at your library!

The 5 Most Badass Things Ever Done in the Name of Research

5. Thor Heyerdahl Crosses the Pacific Ocean on a Raft

On the 101st day, they made it. The "boat" hit a reef in French Polynesia and beached on an uninhabited island. But it didn't prove his point; even though Heyerdahl had proved that the journey was possible, no one believed that this was actually how Polynesia was populated. Science basically patted him on the head for trying his best and told him to run along. Only recently has DNA testing revealed that there was definitely some DNA swapping between Polynesians and South Americans before Europeans made it to the islands in 1722, so everyone would decide that he was at least partially right, decades later. Totally worth it.

4. Alain Bombard Shipwrecks Himself on Purpose

3. Graham Hoyland Climbs Mount Everest With No Modern Gear

2. Tom Avery Sleds to the North Pole Using 1909 Methods

1. Well, you'll just have to click over to find out for yourself...

What's your favourite badass thing done in the name of research -- especially badass things you've done yourself!?

One response so far

  • Dan L says:

    Daniel Alcides Carrion, who identified the cause and mode of transmission of Oroya fever, and died for it.

    Self-ingestion experiments by Barry Marshall and Robin Warren Marshall of H. pylori, proving the connection to gastric ulcers.

    Self-ingestion of a dose of LSD by Albert Hoffman, to verify its accidentally discovered psychoactive properties.

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