Thursday, February 23, 2006

Stalin's Monkey Man

From Wired News (12/21/05)...
Stalin's Monkey Man
In need of Soviet supermen to build his workers' utopia, Josef Stalin ordered the creation of half-man, half-ape creatures during the 1920s, The Scotsman reports. Recently uncovered papers document the Soviet dictator's enlistment of Ilya Ivanov, Russia's top animal-breeding scientist, to help create the "living war machine" Stalin desired. "I want a new, invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat," Stalin reportedly told the scientist. With $200,000 funding, Ivanov went to West Africa to experiment on chimpanzees. But the mad research failed, and the scientist went from chimps to chump: Exiled to Kazakhstan in 1931, he died a year later, reportedly after falling sick while standing on a freezing railway platform.
Sounds like a great adventure nugget for a Pulp/Atomic-Horror Risus game!

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