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               Have you ever wondered what happens if you don’t sleep? The simple thought of never having to sleep in itself is mind boggling. This is what drove Russian researchers to create a gas that would prevent the body from needing sleep. Along with the gas, they created a chamber to put five World War 2 prisoners. These chambers consisted of: microphones for monitoring, food, running water, books, areas for sleep, and a 5 inch thick porthole sized window to look through. To make sure they were alive and well, they also created a way to pump gas and oxygen, a way to monitor these gases, and a hidden speaker for communication. The prisoners, being promised freedom, were generally happy with the circumstances they were in. However, this was just a recipe for destruction.

               This went south very quickly, as within four days, the subjects began to act a little strange. However, the doctors believed that they were an effect of the gas. Severe paranoia kicked in, as they started to whisper into the microphones instead of having normal conversations with their comrades. One subject began to scream at the top of his lungs for close to three hours straight; in the end you could only hear small squeaks. After more days passed, two other prisoners followed the first prisoner’s behavior. Additionally, the last two began to tear books apart and smeared their excrement’s onto the papers and covered the port hole. Then, everything went silent.

               The doctors, now worried, started thinking about how to create a reaction in the chamber. They decided that they would open the door to check on the subjects. The doctors knew that they were alive, because oxygen usage was enough for 5 grown adults performing excessive amounts of exercise. So one doctor used the microphone on the outside to say, “We are opening the chamber to test the microphones; step away from the door and lie flat on the floor or you will be shot. Compliance will earn one of you your immediate freedom.” But as a response, they said that they no longer wanted to be freed. However that was not the end of it, the doctors then did open the door and sent a couple of soldiers in, only to be horribly frightened about what was right in front of them…

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