Everyone loves a good science experiment. Without science and those driven, eccentric scientists where would we be today? You wouldn’t be reading this blog or even sitting under a light, that’s for sure.
The thing is about science is that it’s all about trial and error. You never know what results you’re going to get, so a strong stomach and nerves of steel are a must. The films are no exception to this, in fact if you spot a scientist in the movies it’s almost guaranteed that something is going to go wrong. These are the story-lines that keep us on the edge of our seats and our imaginations working on overdrive.
So here are our top 5 experiment disasters.
5. Honey I shrunk the kids
A classic case of the inevitable happening when you keep your science experiments in the attic with curious children around. The result – shrinking your kids down to ant size and accidentally throwing them out with the trash. As with many scientific discoveries throughout history, this accident revealed a pretty amazing scientific discovery in the world of Wayne Szalinski, the shrink ray.
4. Jurassic Park
Science doesn’t always look to the future, and in the case of Jurassic Park, the past can be just as exciting. Really, who among us hasn’t wondered what the world was like with gigantic, prehistoric creatures roaming around? However, what we can all learn from this little science experiment is that things can very easily get out of hand when dealing with things bigger, stronger and much more volatile than yourself.
Now the Spider-man movies and comics are filled to the brim with science experiments gone wrong or gone astray. The whole premise of the film is based on an escaped science experiment – the first lesson for any budding scientist to learn. Plus there’s all those villains showing us how one driven scientist can go a little bit overboard with the hormones and DNA meddling and end up a scaly green creature – not a good look.
2. The fly
A little care and attention and this experiment could have been a complete success. Science experiments are naturally going to involve some emotions such as frustration and joy, we’re only human after all. But Seth Brundle, in The Fly, left his logical, analytical side far behind when he stepped into his teleporter without a thought for his own well-being and turns himself into a fly. So basically what we’re saying is if you’re carrying out experiments that could be dangerous, make sure you’re in the right frame of mind, paying attention and check the machine for house flies.
The original experiment gone wrong, Frankenstein is initially portrayed as a highly intelligent, inquisitive and ambitious scientist, before deteriorating due to fear, grief and an experiment he could no longer control. Mary Shelley’s famous novel tells a story of a man playing god and the results of meddling and fear. So do not try this at home.
These are all most definitely cautionary tales, but to all those scientists out there, don’t let this deter you. We need inventive and curious minds in the world, trying out new technology and mixing together strange arrays of chemicals. Just maybe take your experiments into a suitable, controlled space, and maybe consult your peers.