Social Experiments That Almost Killed The Researcher

Social psychology and the experiments that take place in that nebulous world have been occurring since at least the 19th century, when researchers began trying to create utopian communities in the United States. Obviously that didn’t work. In defense of the failed utopian communities, rather than devolve into bloodshed and mayhem, the communities either drifted apart or transformed into a more sustainable society. The social experiments on this list didn’t exactly end the same way. In fact, most of people on this list who tried to change the way a human being does something either ended up vomiting everywhere, getting accosted by a stranger, or even trapped in a tunnel. What are the odds, right? Whatever you do, don’t try these social experiments gone wrong at home.

Nowadays everyone can be a social scientist. All you really need is an outlet for your “research," be it YouTube, a friendly blog, or if you’re lucky, a national film distribution company. Unfortunately for just about everyone on this list, their social experiment blew up in their face in front of the entire world. Some social scientists, like Morgan Spurlock, managed to spin their failure into positives, but other researchers on this list weren’t so lucky. To see just how poorly something can go when you don’t have a plan, check out this list of the social experiments that almost took out the researcher.