Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese
And Other Bizarre Experiments (Harvest Original)

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When Tusko the Elephant woke in his pen at the Lincoln Park Zoo on the morning of August 3, 1962, little did he know that he was about to become the test subject in an experiment to determine what happens to an elephant given a massive dose of LSD. In Elephants on Acid, Alex Boese reveals to readers the results of not only this scientific trial but of scores of other outrageous, amusing, and provocative experiments found in the files of modern science.

Why can’t people tickle themselves? Would the average dog summon help in an emergency? Will babies instinctually pick a well-balanced diet? Is it possible to restore life to the dead? Read Elephants on Acid and find out!


About Alex Boese

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Recognized as a hoaxpert by CNN and theNew 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 ofwww.museumofhoaxes.com.
Published November 5, 2007 by Mariner Books. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Very well-researched and delivered in an engaging, breezy, wink-wink tone similar to that of Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg’s Why Do Men Have Nipples?, this will likely be enjoyed equally by science buffs and casual aficionados of the curious.

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Author Boese (Hippo Eats Dwarf, The Museum of Hoaxes) returns with another look at scientific oddities, this time focusing on unlikely but actual experiments.

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The Telegraph

To move from deliberate fakery to science gone awry, deliberately or not, is, Boese argues, but a small step.

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