A fine example for why we have ‘regulating and governing bodies’ today especially when it comes to research:
“In 1731, Stephen Gray performed an experiment similar to the comb experiment just described. He rubbed a rod with a piece of cloth to accumulate electrons on the rod. Then he touched the charged rod to the feet of a boy suspended on a rope and brought a metal foil to the boy’s nose. The foil bent on approaching the boy’s nose, being attracted to it, and, as foil and nose touched, electricity passed from the rod, through the boy, to the foil.”
pg. 113, An Introduction to Brain and Behaviour by Bryan Kolb and Ian Q. Whishaw.
emboldening my own. Not to say ‘how’ this poor child was suspended by rope but… yeah!