Orange soda was a Russian sleep deprivation experiment during World War 2 that went terribly wrong. Is it just an urban legend?
During the time of World War II, there was a lot of things going on, almost too much going on during a time where Adolf Hitler was trying to exterminate an entire group of people to create the Aryan Nation. During this time where every country was on their toes wondering whether it was the end of the world and whether they would have to deal with the wrath of Germany, one country was doing something extremely odd during these tragic times.
Everything was fine for the first five days
Russian scientists were performing experiments during this devastating event. Their experiment was extremely unusual, and they were, in fact, doing a sleeping experiment.
Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived
In the late 1940s, researchers performed this experiment on five people and were required to stay awake for fifteen days. The participants were kept awake with the assistance of an experimental gas based stimulant. Their behavior was observed via two-way mirrors. They were also kept in a sealed airtight chamber to monitor their oxygen intake so they would not be killed from the toxic stimulated gas. The airtight chamber the participants were sealed in had some decent lodging area such as cots to sleep on, books, toilet and usable water and enough food to last the participants a full month each.
Russian sleep experiment orange soda – five people kept awake by russian scientists
However, they were politically based individuals who were deemed to be enemies and therefore were imprisoned and experimented on. The subjects dealt with the consequences without a fit, due to the belief that they would be released if they participated without issue, although this was a lie just to make them assist the Russians in their experiment. They were also promised freedom if they did not sleep for thirty days. They monitored the conversations and as time passed their stories would become darker and more sinister as time progressed.
After more time had passed, the prisoners began to become much more agitated and paranoid about how they got there and whether they would even be released in the end. They then stopped talking to each other and began throwing each other under the pass by turning over their comrades to gain favoritism, which was thought to be a cause of the stimulated gas taking effect.
One test subject after nine days began to go crazy and began to scream endlessly until he couldn’t anymore. The other people started to become much viler and rubbed feces on books, and eventually the experimenters told them that one person could leave. However, they said that they no longer wanted to leave. A shocking response. They begged to be left in the chamber and demanded that the gas be turned back on, lest they fall asleep.
The russian sleep experiment created an entirely dangerous and unusual being. Five people died or went crazy in the end and even at some point killed one of the experimenters. They went hysterical and completely insane from this experiment.
The oldest version of the Russian sleep experiment description can be found on a creepypasta wiki page from August 10, 2010. True or urban legend?