Advancing technology is always cool—but it sure isn't always pretty. LIFE brings us a gallery of scientific scenes that remind us that science isn't always so scientific in appearance. From dangling cats to puffed cheeks, progress is wacky.
The distraught looking gentleman above was part of a Navy experiment that subjected individuals to intense wind speeds of up to 300 miles per hour. At least they were courteous enough to provide goggles.
This experimental scene, straddling the line between adorableness and torture, aimed to see what would happen to cats if they hung upside down for extended periods. There is no followup image in the gallery, but we are guessing the results were not pleasant.