The Stanford Prison Experiment becomes a reality TV show on the BBC.

The Stanford Prison Experiment becomes a reality TV show on the BBC.
An infamous 1971 study of prison life using Stanford University students will be reproduced for a BBC TV show called The Experiment. The Stanford Prison Experiment made nine students “guards” and nine others “inmates,” and in just six days, the experiment was stopped because “our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress,” according to Stanford’s Philip G. Zimbardo. Now, The BBC is advertising for a “university-backed social science experiment to be shown on TV”–a quasi-recreation of the experiment. They’re recruiting men only, and no prize will be offered.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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