Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002, United States
Amherst College where Aleх Boese studied.
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093, United States
The University of California, San Diego, where Aleх Boese received his Master of Arts degree.
(The Museum of Hoaxes presents an entertaining collection ...)
The Museum of Hoaxes presents an entertaining collection of hundreds of documented historical hoaxes, pranks, deceptions, and stunts that have fooled the public from the Middle Ages to the present day, from Edgar Allan Poe's literary deception to P. T. Barnum, the master hoaxer, discussing the origin of April Fool's Day, providing a Gullibility Test, and more.
(Can you grow a bonsai kitten? Should you stock up on dehy...)
Can you grow a bonsai kitten? Should you stock up on dehydrated water? Is it easy to order human-flavored tofu? Or is this all just B.S.? In a world of lip-synching, breast implants, payola punditry, and staged reality shows, it's hard to know the real from the fake. Hippo Eats Dwarf is the essential field guide to today's Misinformation Age.
(Have you ever wondered if a severed head retains consciou...)
Have you ever wondered if a severed head retains consciousness long enough to see what happened to it? Or whether your dog would run to fetch help if you fell down a disused mineshaft? And what would happen if you were to give an elephant the largest ever single dose of LSD? The chances are that someone somewhere has conducted a scientific experiment to find out.
(Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of t...)
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.
(Psychedelic Apes is a collection of the wackiest theories...)
Psychedelic Apes is a collection of the wackiest theories from science and history. What if we're living inside a black hole? What if we've already found extraterrestrial life? What if the dinosaurs died in a nuclear war? What if Jesus Christ was actually a mushroom? In Psychedelic Apes, Alex Boese will delve into the curious scientific subculture of weird theories.
Alex Boese graduated from Amherst College in 1991 and then received a Master of Arts degree in history of science from the University of California, San Diego.
A former writer for ThoughtCo, Alex Boese wrote about internet hoaxes, urban legends, weird experiments, and other oddities. A sampling of his subject matter includes one-eyed eccentrics, amphibious sea-maidens, men kicked in the head by horses, deranged whiskey drinkers, snuff-eating egotists, and imaginary women.
In 1997, he founded the Museum of Hoaxes, a brick-and-mortar museum located in San Diego, California. The site describes various frauds perpetrated on an unsuspecting public, from the only female pope c. 850 A.D. to an April Fool's documentary produced by the BBC that reported on Swiss spaghetti farming in the 1950s and including the more modern hoaxes carried out via the Internet, such as the amazing photograph that circulated in 2000 of Snowball, the 87-pound cat.
He also developed and curated an ongoing blog at WeirdUniverse.net where he delves into weird news, facts, and science.
In 2002, Boese compiled a book version of The Museum of Hoaxes that includes hundreds of scams, pranks, and deceptions dating as far back as the Middle Ages. In addition to the tricks and forgeries featured on his website, recent hoaxes are also described, including the case of nonexistent film critic David Manning, who enthusiastically promoted Sony films, and the recurring report circulated via the Internet that KFC no longer serves meat from chickens, but rather from genetically engineered organisms. Boese also details such cases as the 9/11 photo supposedly showing a tourist on the observation deck of the World Trade Center with a low-flying jet in the background.
His other books include Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S., Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon and More Bizarre Experiments, Elephants on Acid, and most recent, Psychedelic Apes.
(Have you ever wondered if a severed head retains consciou...)2007
(The Museum of Hoaxes presents an entertaining collection ...)2002
(Can you grow a bonsai kitten? Should you stock up on dehy...)2006
(Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of t...)2011
(Psychedelic Apes is a collection of the wackiest theories...)2019
Alex Boese's surname is pronounced "Burr-za."