On Sunday, we posted a truly creepy story that has been around the internet for a while, with many sites claiming that it is in fact a true story, or based on a true story. It is called: The Russian Sleep Experiment Orange Soda 05/28/09(Thu)15:47 No.2052750.
It got a tremendous response (with over 250,000 views, and hundreds of comments and shares). Glad you guys liked it, but as some of you commented, it is a work of fiction that falls into the category of Creepypasta. Creepypasta is a short story that is posted on the Internet that is designed to unnerve and shock the reader. This one definitely struck a nerve with our readers and Facebook audience… read it right now (HERE) if you haven’t already!
The story centers around a group Soviet researchers in the late 1940’s who kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant, and the horrific effects of the sleep deprivation.
Among those comments, a few readers pointed out a video which, at first blush, appears to be another work of fiction. The video documents Soviet research into the resuscitation of clinically dead organisms in the 1940′s (coincidence?). Renowned British scientist J. B. S. Haldane appears in the film’s introduction. The operations are credited to Doctor Sergei Brukhonenko.
Wikipedia: The film depicts and discusses… a series of medical experiments. First, a heart (canine, as with all in this film) is shown being isolated from a body, with four tubes connected.
It then shows a lung in a tray, operated by bellows, oxygenating blood.
Following the lung scene we are shown the operation of a primitive heart-lung machine, the autojektor (or autojector), composed of a pair of diaphragm linear pumps and what appears to be an oxygen bubble chamber. We then see it is supplying a (severed) canine head with oxygenated blood. The head is shown to respond to external stimuli…
Finally, a dog is brought to clinical death by draining all blood from it, left for ten minutes, then connected to the heart-lung machine described earlier. After several minutes, the heart fibrillates, then restarts a normal rhythm. Respiration likewise resumes, the machine is removed and the dog is shown to continue living a healthy life.
Brukhonenko developed a new version of the autojektor (for use on humans) in the same year and was posthumously awarded the prestigious Lenin Prize. This part is absolutely true.
Here are some corroborating pages regarding the dog experimentation, and the videos:
- Use of artificial circulation in resuscitation of drowned dogs
- Role of academic B.V. Petrovskiĭ in the development of extracorporeal circulation
Shout out to Nick Aponas for first bringing this to our attention!