TRC #377: Unethical Experiments Proven Useful + Game That + Photographs and Smiling

MonaSelfieNot even a power failure can stop the TRC crew!  First Cristina examines unethical experiments that ended up changing medicine.  Next, Pat runs the crew through a game of “Name That” where the goal is to “game it.”   Lastly, Adam wonders why people didn’t smile in old photographs.

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Unethical Experiments Proven Useful

Statnews: Unethical Experiments Also Helpful

IFLScience : Human Experiments, Good, Bad and Ugly

Jenner and the History Of Smallpox

Wikipedia: Edward Jenner

Wikipedia: Smallpox Vaccine

Huffington Post: Unethical Clinical Trials

Doctors From Hell: Nazi Experiments

Wikipedia: Hepatitis B

Wikipedia: Saul Krugman

Wikipedia: J. Marion Sims

Mayo Clinic: Lumbar Puncture

Doctor’s Review : Lumbar Puncture History

The Lancet: Rotavirus Vaccine In Indian Infants

Wikipedia: Vesicovaginal Fistula

Public Citizen

Name That: Game That

Givewell Top Charities

Wikipedia: Superman

Sailor Moon’s Birthday

IMDB Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

Wikipedia: Paul McCartney

2016 Juno Awards

Wikipedia: Seawater

Where The Atom Got It’s Name

Periodic Table

NASA: Phobos and Deimos

Wikipedia: Galvanization

Why Didn’t People Smile In Old Photos

Why Do We Say “Cheese” When Having Our Photo Taken?

When did people start smiling in photographs?

Why didn’t people smile in old photos? You asked Google – and here’s the answer

Say ‘Prunes’, Not ‘Cheese’: The History of Smiling in Photographs

The Serious and the Smirk: The Smile in Portraiture

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6 Responses to TRC #377: Unethical Experiments Proven Useful + Game That + Photographs and Smiling

  1. Nick says:

    Another great episode! I particularly enjoyed Christina’s segment on unethical medical experiments that benefited humanity. The topic of Dr Edward Jenner came up and I think his story and the early history of vaccination would make a great segment. Also I like the new rules to Name That encouraging panelists to game it.

  2. András says:


    Have to agree with Nick! And let me thank you for your kind mention of our podcast! It means a lot to us to be embraced by the team of one of the top skeptical podcasts out there. Keep up the good work!

  3. Bethany says:

    Your link to Hep B in Wikipedia doesn’t even mention or link to the Saul Krugman work. The history section talks about Australia. This is the link you need:

    • Pat says:

      Link added to the show notes. Thanks, Bethany.

    • Cristina says:

      It’s funny that you flagged that, Bethany, because a few days ago I thought, “does anyone really ever check out the links in the shownotes?” lol I like to take the time to make sure I cite any source I touch upon so it’s great to hear you were looking at them.

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