I have found myself doing some bizarre research while writing. My primary WIP has a healer as the MC. In order to properly portray the healing process, I found myself browsing images of dissected hands and legs. Because I am somewhat… let’s say ‘flighty’ at times, I would be writing along and suddenly need to know where the blood vessels in a human upper thigh are routed. Thinking nothing of it, I pop over to google images and start looking at cut open legs.
My wife, seated next to me, was not pleased. Especially those times we happen to be eating dinner while I work.
I suspect that this might be partially why she agreed that I should have my own, quiet place to write in. Happily, I moved into the “den” to do my writing.
Consequently, when I needed to know which part of the brain is responsible for motor control functions (for a different story) and thusly started browsing pictures of disembodied and partially cut apart brains, nobody was there to complain.
What is the strangest research you have done? Most disturbing? Stephen King stated that the most disturbing research he ever did was while writing Carrie, seeing how teenage / high school girls treat the socially outcast girls. That is saying something, coming from him. Glad I never was one. :^P
Share your bizarre research tales below! Looking forward to it.