One of the strangest chapters in American history is one that stayed tightly under wraps for a long time, and it’s the train wreck of insanity that’s known as MKUltra. Here’s a quick refresher: MKUltra is the series of top-secret government projects that was, in part, the inspiration for “Stranger Things.” That alone is a glimpse into how off-the-charts bizarre the whole thing was, and it’s just the beginning.
In a nutshell, MKUltra was the U.S. government’s attempts to do some seriously shady stuff involving mind control, torture techniques, and information extraction. Most of the documents regarding it were destroyed, and those that survived did so accidentally. That means no one’s really sure just how far MKUltra went, but fortunately, The Washington Post says that one of the projects with surviving documentation is Sub-project 42, also known as Operation Midnight Climax.
The project wasn’t just sort of accidentally given an R-rated name — what happened is exactly what it’s suggestive of. It’s a story that involves sex-for-hire, drug abuse, unsuspecting victims, voyeurism, and gallons of pre-made martinis. Weird? That doesn’t even begin to describe it.