Elephant on acid deemed one of the 10 wackiest experiments ever
In a Wednesday article from London's The Times, an experiment in which an elephant was given 3,000 times the typical human dose of LSD topped the 10-item list of the wackiest experiments of all time.
In the 1962, scientist Warren Thomas injected an elephant with 297 milligrams of LSD to see what would happen; the purpose of the experiment was to determine whether the hallucinogen could induce "the state of temporary madness in which male elephants becomes aggressive," known as musth.
A description which seems to have been indirectly attributed to Thomas was included in the story: "Within a few moments of being injected, Tusko [the elephant] began trumpeting furiously, before kneeling over as if he had been shot. An hour later, he was dead."
The list of the 10 wackiest experiments of all time was compiled for New Scientist magazine.