- Dr. Brukhonenko’s research was well known especially in the field of cardiology and the development of open-heart procedures as well as his work with blood transfusions.
- Managed to maintain a steady heartbeat and functioning lungs independent from dogs bodies and documented the work in the 1940’s film “Experiments in the Revival of Organisms.”
Bizarre – stories from real life
1. markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd
Because sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction... from shrunken heads, auto-erotic strangulation and cult leaders to post-mortem staging, circus freaks and human oddities. Because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth is not.
Back in 1954, scientists Peter Milner and James Olds famously identified the septal area as the ‘pleasure zone’ of the brain. Electrical stimulation of the pleasure zone causes an intense feeling of sexual arousal in the subject. They exhibited their findings by inserting electrical wires into the septal areas of rats brains and demonstrating that upon realising that they could self-stimulate by pressing a lever, the rats would manically bash away at the lever up to two thousand times per hour. The randy rodents’ sole concern immediately became ceaselessly pressing the pleasure lever again and again at the exclusion of all other behaviours, forgoing necessities like food and water until they died of starvation rather than stop pressing the lever for a moment.
Flash forward to Tulane University - 1970, and enter American psychiatrist Robert G. Heath. Heath believed that mental illnesses were curable by physical means. He also believed that homosexuality was a mental illness, and in keeping with his beliefs this mental illness could be cured with deep brain stimulation (DSB) electrodes targeting the pleasure zone to transform a homosexual man into a heterosexual man.
- The community described him as helpful, sweet, and charming; the press eventually labeled Armin Meiwes as the Monster of Rotenburg.
- Meiwes received more than 200 volunteers to respond to his ad about finding someone to eat. Brandes, who was eventually picked out, responded to the ad with an email saying: “I am your meat.”
- Russian graverobber who turned stolen corpses of young girls into mummies.
- Highly educated professor with Ph.D., fluent in 13 languages, and a specialist on local cemeteries.
- Blamed his macabre hobby for parents taking him for walks in graveyards.