The latest from Professor Elliot’s projects

Here are the most recent things to be created under the Professor Elliot name

  • Early Experiments with LSD

    In its early days, LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) was exclusive to labs. In fact, many of the early experiments were by doctors themselves, not patients. It wasn’t until 1966 that LSD became illegal in California (23 years after its psychedelic properties had been discovered), so there were […]

  • Animal-borne Bombs

    During World War II, weapons research led to some strange places (bouncing bombs anyone?). In addition to creating to new weapons, teams were attempting to find ways to attack without tipping off the enemy that bombs were en route. Enter: animal-borne bombs. One prominent failure of an innovation, […]

  • A Lesson in Reclaiming Waste

    In the late 1980s, Mike Yurosek was frustrated. He was a carrot farmer who had to discard 400 tons of carrots every day because they were not “just right”. Carrots that were broken, twisted, slightly bruised, or otherwise imperfect simply wouldn’t sell in stores. Buyers were so […]

  • Imhotep: a Name of History

    Imhotep (known formally as Chancellor of the King of Egypt, Doctor, First in line after the King of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary nobleman, High Priest of Heliopolis, Builder, Chief Carpenter, Chief Sculptor, and Maker of Vases in Chief), is the first known artist, […]

  • Escape from Colditz

    Built in 1046, Colditz Castle was used as a lookout post, a home for royalty, a zoo, and in World War II… a POW camp. During its use as a prison, the castle (known then as Oflag IV-C) saw thousands of prisoners, but beyond that it saw dozens of escape attempts. Around 30 of these […]

  • Superconducting Super Loss

    In the late ’70s, a supercollider was proposed to be built in Texas. At 54.1 miles around, it would be the largest ever built; beating the LHC by 37.1 miles! Unfortunately, the project failed due to budget concerns (rising from $4.4 billion in 1987 to $12 billion in 1993), […]

  • Art Diving

    (Note from the author: microphone is out of commission, but the podcast will be up soon) Henri Cosquer is a dive instructor in Southern France. While teaching SCUBA diving clients one day in 1985, he discovered a small underwater opening in the cliff wall. He returned several times during the […]

  • 7 Million Children… Gone

    A new episode a Rarities is now up! Can you guess why 7 million US children disappeared in 1987? […]