Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese
Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments

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"Perfect summertime reading--preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts." --Daily Mail (UK )

Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of the Enlightenment, and a founding father of the United States. But perhaps less well known is that he was also the first person to use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an electric-shock victim. Odder still, it was actually mouth-to-beak resuscitation on a hen that he himself had shocked.

Welcome to some of the weirdest and most wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Filled with stories of science gone strange, Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

 

About Alex Boese

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Recognized as a hoaxpert by CNN and the New York Times, among others, ALEX BOESE holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Museum of Hoaxes and the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com. He lives in San Diego. 9780152010058
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 353 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Each section opens with a fictionalized retelling of a key scene in the ensuing story, but these depictions are somewhat amateurish and often clichéd—in one, an Italian scientist exclaims, “Mamma mia!” The factual accounts, however, are well written and engrossing, even when the experiment Boese ...

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Boese follows Elephants on Acid with another foray into the annals of scientific experiments whose major contribution to society may well be their highly entertaining recounting.

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The Saturday Evening Post

With the title of his new book, Electrified Sheep, Alex Boese gives an affable nod to science-fiction writer Philip K.

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Dabbler

It would be a fantastically grim book but for Boese’s style, his penchant for the farcical – and, being as it is a book about human beings, it abounds in inadvertent comedy.

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