Many people do amazing experiments on themselves. Often they literally throw down a challenge to society or try to find answers to questions that are meaningful to them. We present you with a selection of nine unusual experiments on your own life.
1. A person spent a whole year without the Internet
"I would really like to like someone right now."
Like many of his generation, Paul Miller has spent most of his life actively using the Internet. He has been online all the time since he was 12, and at 14 he was already working as a web designer. But at the age of 26, Miller suddenly realized that something was missing in his life. Then he decided to take a bold and in some way terrible step - to disconnect the network cable and live without the Internet for one year.
Of course, along the way, he had many ups and downs, as well as some interesting discoveries. We will not retell all this to those who may want to watch a mini-documentary about these events or read about it in the first person. However, it is safe to say that Paul does not intend to try again to live without the Internet for so long anytime soon.
2. A.J. Jacobs lives life "like an experiment"
AJ Jacobs is Esquire's editor-in-chief, thinker, artisan, and social experimenter. He has spent over ten years asking himself unusual questions such as, "Can I spend my whole life in India?" or "Is it possible to live by the rules of George Washington in everyday life?"
He published four books and many articles for magazines, where he described in detail all the difficult tasks that he set for himself. His most famous work is called "My Life as an Experiment" and contains, among other things, criticism of his wife regarding his actions.
3. Colin Wright - extreme vagrancy
There are many rumors about this man. Colin Wright, 26, seems to be living on the edge in almost every way. He leads a nomadic life, voting on the roads and hitchhiking to another part of the world every four months. He makes the choice based on the vote on his blog. He also completely gave up money for one year and did not wear black for six months.
The idea behind all of his experiments is to help people start thinking differently, trying new things, and being open to change. You can watch his inspiring TED talk or visit his blog to vote for the next step.
4. A woman lives without sugar
Sugar is a wonderful sweet food that, according to some studies, when abused, can lead to diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and many other diseases. And sugar is one of the ingredients in almost every finished product we eat. Do not believe me - look at the composition on the package. But could you give it up completely?
One woman did it - she has been living without sugar since January 1, 2008. She wished to remain anonymous, but created a blog listing all types of sugar-containing fruits, as well as recipes and tips for a sugar-free lifestyle. She encourages everyone who reads her blog to do the same.
5. The man lived 30 days on his own liquid mixture
Rob Rhinehart is an amateur chemist who is determined to end the problem of world hunger. He aims to create a cheaper alternative to solid foods that contain all of the same nutrients.
Through trial and error, he created a liquid food called soylent after green soylent, a fictional food from the movie of the same name made from dead human beings (Rhinehart's food contains no remains). He claims to have lived for 30 days on only soylent, although there are many skeptics who say he resorted to dietary supplements and that Reinhart's experiments are questionable if not dangerous.
However, the chemist does not give up. He plans to conduct tests on volunteer participants. He also intends to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds - this is how he wants to feed the hungry, as well as earn some money for himself.
6. A German woman has been living without money for 16 years
"You will never be able to give me your money."
Heidemarie Schwermer has lived through all the stages of modern capitalism, from peak to recession. Her family was previously a successful coffee distributor, but lost everything during World War II. Throughout his life, luck turned to face Schwermeer, then turned away from her again. When she turned 50, the woman decided to conduct an experiment and see if she could do without money for a year.
She handed out all her savings and belongings, including furnishings from her own apartment, leaving herself only the essentials that fit in a small suitcase. Schwermer has been living without money for 16 years, contenting himself with barter, garbage collection, and many public appearances. She starred in the free-of-charge documentary Life Without Money.
7. Daniel Suelo left society and lived in the desert
Daniel Suelo also lives without money, but, unlike Heidemarie, he gave up all the amenities provided by society, preferring to live in the Utah desert and get his own food.
Daniel does not barter with anyone and refuses social assistance. However, he has not given up Internet access and regularly writes articles on his blog about the "illusion" of money, and also seeks members to join his "free tribe". Are you ready to join him?
8. Yogi lives without food and water for 70 years
If Prachiada Jani's statement is true, then he challenged not just the temptations of society, but the entire biological cycle of life. Jani, also known as Shunrivala Mataji, says he stopped eating and drinking when he was 11 years old. Now 85, he lives as a hermit in a cave and spends most of his time meditating.
Two studies carried out in Indian hospitals in 2003 and 2010 were aimed at testing the hermit's rightness. The first study lasted ten days and the second 15 days. Both times he was in an airtight room without a bathroom, he was only allowed to gargle. Doctors say that he passed both tests with flying colors - he did not eat, did not defecate. However, doctors never published their findings in scientific journals.
There has been a lot of hype on the internet and further research is planned. And Jani at this time, apparently, remains blissfully unaware of the disputes, quietly living in her cave.
9. The family spent a year without buying anything made in China
This idea is not based on protectionism or racial hatred. Sara Bongiorni just wanted to show people how dependent they are on international trade, with China in particular. In 2005, she vowed to purchase for her family only those things that were not made in the most populous country in the world, of which there are enough on the US market.
Of course, it was difficult for her to find anything - from light bulbs to shoes. This made everyday shopping much more difficult and more active.
“Shopping has become something meaningful, ” says Sarah.