Elephants on Acid


Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese

A bizarre and readable little book, capturing the strange ends of Science!. Perfect when you need some quick breaks between periods of beating your head against the next plot twist. And some of these little articles are inspiring! For instance,

  • Back in the Victorian ages, real scientists were trying to revive the dead with electricity, a la Frankenstein. What if they had succeeded?
  • An experiment involved people not seeing what was in front of their eyes—an “invisible” gorilla. That’s useful information for your mystery puzzle box.
  • Milgram’s experiment. Obviously. But also Landis and the decapitation of rats.

Recommended. Also recommended are Boese’s books about hoaxes.