Hot Doctors Experiment...On Themselves


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Let's hear it for all the scientists who go first. Sure, being a human guinea pig has its risks, but life is never boring.

Take for example, Sir Charles Blagden, who in 1775, took a few pals and their dog into a room heated up to 240 degrees Fahrenheit —well above the boiling point of water — to see, well, to see what would happen.

To hear all about their story and the beauty of sweat, listen to the piece by NPR's Robert Krulwich tonight on All things Considered.

Also check out the cool video version of the tale by Krulwich and animator Lev Yilmaz.

Just don't try this at home. Your dog may survive, but she'll hate you.



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