Top 10 Mad Scientist Fails

Dr. Arthur Arden of "American Horror Story: Asylum" was something of a mad science polymath in his time, juggling various twisted experiments on a winding goat ride to nowhere. Frank Ockenfels/FX

Fancy a little death ray-assisted world domination?

Crave a basement full of conjoined tourists and mutant henchmen?

Before you leap willy-nilly into the field of mad science, bear in mind very few practitioners ever hang up the lab coat with their dignity still intact.

That's because mad science is a tough field. The hours are long, the hazards are many and what little grant money there is tends to come from ruthless terrorist cells and, occasionally, Richard Branson. Plus, success only introduces new risks. Armies of atomic supermen tend to muster government hostility, and even a single journal publication can attract unwanted attention from the superhero community.

So before you strap on your crazy goggles and inject mutagen between your toes, consider these examples of mad science failure. Sure, all 10 ascended to maddening heights of scientific glory, but at what cost?