Legend: Account describes a "Russian Sleep Experiment" from the late 1940s.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2010]
The test subjects were political prisoners deemed enemies of the state during world
Everything was fine for the first 5 days, the subjects hardly complained having been promised (falsely) that they would be freed if they submitted to the test and did not sleep for
After five days they started to complain about the circumstances and events that lead them to where they were and started to demonstrate severe paranoia. They stopped talking to each other and began alternately whispering to the microphones and one way mirrored portholes. Oddly they all seemed to think they could win the trust of the experimenters by turning over their comrades, the other subjects in captivity with them. At first the researchers suspected this was an effect of the gas itself ...
After nine days the first of them started screaming. He ran the length of the chamber repeatedly yelling at the top of his lungs for
So did the whispering to the microphones.
[Remainder of article here.]
Origins: This tale of a "Russian Sleep Experiment" (with the improbable title tag of "Orange Soda"), supposedly involving Soviet researchers who kept five people awake for fifteen consecutive days through the use of an "experimental gas based stimulant," isn't an historical account of a genuine 1940s sleep deprivation research project gone awry. It's merely a bit of supernatural fiction that gained widespread currency on the Internet after appearing on Creepypasta (a site for "short stories designed to unnerve and shock the reader") in August 2010.
Last updated: 21 March 2015