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Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments (Harvest Original)by Alex Boese
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In Elephants on Acid, Alex Boese reveals the results of the most outrageous, amusing, and provocative experiments found in the files of modern science.
What happens when elephants are given LSD?
Can a head live without its body?
Would cockroaches survive a nuclear war?
Why cant people tickle themselves?
Do men prefer women who play hard to get?
Will the average dog summon help in an emergency?
Is it possible to restore life to the dead?
Read Elephants on Acid and find out!
Alex Boese holds a masters degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Museum of Hoaxes and Hippo Eats Dwarf and the creator and curator of www.MuseumOfHoaxes.com. He lives near San Diego.
"Author Boese (Hippo Eats Dwarf, The Museum of Hoaxes) returns with another look at scientific oddities, this time focusing on unlikely but actual experiments. Included are notorious examples such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and Stanley Milgram's infamous shock treatment obedience experiment, but it's the lesser-known studies that will generate the most interest. Disembodied heads, animal resurrection ('Zombie Kitten,' 'Franken-Monkey') and the direct stimulation of a subject's emotions (via electric brain prod) are some of the more grim activities Boese describes (though, thankfully, he steers clear of examples from Nazi Germany). Lighter subjects include attempts to prove the myth that the bar patrons become more attractive at closing time and the effects of staying awake for 11 days straight. These and other tales will obviously appeal to armchair scientists, but the short, witty, ceaselessly amusing entries should delight anyone with a healthy sense of morbid curiosity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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 cant 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 the Author
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.
Table of Contents
1. Frankensteins Lab
2. Sensorama 29
3. Total Recall 58
4. Bedtime Stories 85
5. Animal Tales 108
6. Mating Behavior 136
7. Oh, Baby! 163
8. Bathroom Reading 194
9. Making Mr. Hyde 210
10. The End 241
Photo and Illustration Credits 279
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