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Mad Science Is The Best Science: Our 14 Favorite Crackpot Geniuses

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BunsenDr. Bunsen Honeydew (The Muppets)
While many mad scientists are busy trying to change science forever with resurrections or brain transplants, some are actively seeking to make the world a somewhat better place. Enter Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, the short-sighted Muppet whose thirst for innovation is only quenched with the frightened and pained meeps of his partner-in-creation, Beaker. If you’ve got an itch that you can’t seem to scratch, Bunsen probably has an invention for a device that will scratch it, only to unleash a deadly disease on the planet or something.

Bunsen first reared his round, bald head as the head of Muppet Labs on Jim Henson’s classic sketch series The Muppet Show. As sure as he doesn’t have any eyeballs, the schtick of a Bunsen and Beaker sketch plays out more or less the same each time. Bunsen develops a device with arguable practical use, such as an automatic wastebasket or shrinking pills, only their results are often unforeseen and end up with Beaker either shrinking down to a minute size or running from an insatiable trash can. It’s unlikely that anyone would have actually kept this guy on the payroll for this long, but at least he hasn’t ever actually killed anyone, which is more than I can meep for some of the other entries on this list.

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