Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments

Elephants on Acid And Other Bizarre Experiments When Tusko the Elephant woke in his pen at the Lincoln Park Zoo on the morning of August little did he know that he was about to become the test subject in an experiment to determine what hap

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 outraWhen 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

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  1. Alex Boese holds a master s degree in the history of science from UC San Diego He is the creator of museumofhoaxes He lives near San Diego source uscmillan author alexboese

120 Reply to “Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments”

  1. Boese presents a catalogue of truely bizarre experiments, giving a short essay on each and collecting them into themed chapters The book is intended to be humourous and it is, in places, but the technique used for the jokes hardly varies throughout and if read in just a few sessions, becomes repetative and palls Some of that humour is also, in my view, in poor taste jokes about dogs that have been repeatedly shocked with electricity don t make me laugh.This leads directly to the other problem wi [...]


  2. This is really a 2.55 stars but since there are no halves, a 3 will have to suffice.So For what this book was, it served its purpose It delivered what it promised a book filled with an assortment of strange, and sometimes straight up scary experiments from a time obviously long before regulations existed to protect the subject in the experiment There was a decapitated canine being pumped fresh oxygenated blood in order to examine the possibility of a head brain being able to maintain function if [...]


  3. An interesting book, I heard about ELEPHANTS ON ACID from the Kevin Smith podcast SMODCAST This is a great, quick bathroom read that will that astound and captivate even the least scientific minded individual In fact, I will go so far as to say that book is less about the experiments AND about the experimenters Scientists are a strange group of people drinking vomit to prove fellow fever isn t contagious Yikes The book is a nice blend of the horrifying and the humorous Having taken a basic psyc [...]


  4. Impulse buy Couldn t leave it alone after reading that crazy blurb on the back cover Besides, I am so loving the cover and that odd title and thinks that it would look great in my living room library section.Part of the blurb that caught my curiosity Have you ever wondered if a severed head retains consciousness long enough to see what happened to it Kinda morbid huh But I can t help wondering about the answer to that question.


  5. TL DR This book is excellent popular science reading I can t recommend it enough.If you have ever taken a basic course in psychology, then you have a good idea of the kind of material found in this book Elephants is essentially a collection of the bizarre anecdotes you will find in a basic psychology and or sociology class, though this isn t necessarily a bad thing The author admits this groundwork in his introduction he is very aware of the nature of his project, and he constantly lives up to [...]


  6. This book is touted as a bathroom book and I think I may have enjoyed it if I d read it as such rather than reading it straight through It consists of brief write ups of bizarre experiments conducted in 10 different categories I don t know if it speaks to my tastes interests or what, but I was familiar with many of the experiments that were addressed and I think that disappointed me I wanted new stuff Although I only gave it two stars it was ok I really would recommend it as fun light reading t [...]


  7. An absolutely fantastic book that gives great insight into the odd ends of humanity s pursuit of knowledge as well as some excellent scientific trivia I highly recommend this book to any who have even a slight interest in general science, especially sociology and psychology Heck, I really want everyone to give this book at least a try.Although there are many well known studies in this book, that might not be new or surprising to the scientifically aware, the author does an excellent job giving a [...]


  8. There s an interesting story behind this one I rescued it from almost certain death, after a clear out at work We had so many books that we had to get rid of a load of them, and so I pinched this one before it went to the charity shops I m glad I did.As you can imagine, it s basically a collection of some of the strangest scientific experiments that have ever been performed, and they re grouped into different sections so that although Boese draws from all sorts of different sources, there s stil [...]


  9. I started to read this with the chapter on relationships, which was setting a good tone to the book and nicely amusing, but after turned to other chapters I had to put it to paper recycling As others suggested, the author did not at all fulfill his role in commenting the experiments as sometimes highly unethical and very simply described them laugh at them I know that the introduction provided his stance that he included experiments that were either very funny or disgusting, or weird, but the wa [...]


  10. The author s sense of humor is extremely grating, and the experiments all seem to fall under either somewhat eccentric but useful way of answering a valid question or stupid and cruel Neither is enhanced by Boese s jeering or the weak one liners with which he ends each anecdote.Look, scientists can be huge weirdos Charles Darwin once conducted an experiment to determine whether worms will get distracted from whatever it is worms do if you play the bassoon in their vicinity THAT is the kind of wa [...]


  11. Another chance pick up from Fopp this one of a miss than a hit, but if I m paying peanuts then I ll get the odd duffer, and I can live with that.I m not sure what my real beef with the book is though, to be honest It s laid out in a sensible fashion experiments grouped together by genre and they re all written up pretty succinctly.Perhaps it s the lame attempt at humour from the author that grated, or the slightly laborious writing style.However, being impartial, there are some interesting expe [...]


  12. An entertaining and informative book on bizzare scientific experiments that have been done so far Some experiments were so disturbing, I had to stop reading for a while or jump to the next chapter I knew there were inhumane endeavours out there in the name of science but reading them like this definitely made me squirm and quite angry The author could address its ethical concerns a little bit But I guess that was not the purpose Mr Boese wrote this He wanted this book to be light and not to be [...]


  13. Right up my alley, this book filled with weird and sometimes highly unethical experiments in the science world shows readers how, without the weirdos and the trouble makers, science wouldn t be anywhere near as far as it is It s a funny book, though the information regarding the experiments is accurate and clear There s a lot of material here for a psychology student such as me, but just as well for a person interested in the history of science and how the rebels helped it in being born


  14. If you wanted to hear stories of elephants on acid, racing cockroaches or the psychology of humans then this the book for you You will laugh and wonder how on earth some one got away with doing that A great, quick read to give you plenty of anecdotes to tell to your friends.


  15. I m so pissed off at myself that I even tried to read this book not once but three times.All it consists of is an utterly emotionally void fucking cretin the author getting obvious thrills over vomit inducingly vile and infuriatingly FUCKING POINTLESS experiments on animals, done by probably even emotionally fucked cunts than the author.Take the weird kid at school who thinks it s funny to pull off spiders legs and butterflies wings just because he she is big enough to have complete power over [...]


  16. This book is recommended for someone with scientific mind and passion for exploration Weird fact about that book is that it is actually interesting, reading how scientists were coming up with their experiments, investing their time, knowledge and in some cases sanity to provide people of Earth with eligible explanations for strange questions like can we resurrect dead corpses or is the system the one to blame for prison troubles or people is exciting as well as fully educational Yes, many of tho [...]


  17. As a collection of classic bizarre experiments, this book holds up well I had read about most of the included studies before, and it would have been nice to get a little obscure research, but I m sure most of this is new to the general audience There were a few new ones for me, including a study making fools of professional wine tasters and another that showed being visited by a clown almost doubles likelihood of pregnancy for in vitro fertilization which has interesting implications for the ci [...]


  18. If you re a scientist, you ll love this book If you re not a scientist, you might love it too, but i won t vouch for it.I read this book a couple of years ago, probably in 2007 when it first came out, and i still remember some of the cases even though i haven t reread it That in itself is quite miraculous These books are typically fun to read but half a year later you don t remember it any.This book learned me that the elephant memory really exists But it also learned me not to trick an elephant [...]


  19. I enjoyed this odd book It s a selection of weird experiments conducted over the years, often when the consideration for animal and human feelings and emotions were less empathetic and, frankly, humane, than today.Some times I cringed a little but what I thoroughly enjoyed was when some weird thing led to something else which led to something which is a recognisable benefit nowadays.Other times I just shuddered at the things we thought acceptable.A book worth reading in fits and starts really, n [...]


  20. Somewhat dry factual of many of the experiments done by man, to man or to animal Some are unbelievable like the guy who drank vomitus to see if he would catch the disease Anyhoo, mostly interesting, sometimes not Did make me wonder about the intelligence or stupidity of the human race.even .


  21. A 3.5 actually.Idea Brilliant Content Good, there are summaries of over 100 research papers about interesting, amusing, thought provoking and truly bizzare experiments.Writing style Fair, with the experiment description lengths quite small, I wish there wasnt an average , predictable, playing on the words of the experiment joke at the end of each description.


  22. Couldn t even finish it Author possibly sociopath high functioning psychopath Animal despair and distress used as source of humour Information spotty Imagined wit interspaced with vague incomplete anecdotal accounts and abbreviated stories with varying degrees of inhumanity Not good.


  23. While lots of these experiments are really interesting and the writing style allows them to be accessible, Alex Boese s attempts at humour are embarrassing


  24. Very entertaining I m glad we re not in the 1970s any The author has a great sense of humour, which he weaves through the often macabre downright morbid subject matter.


  25. Wonderful book, for many different reasons 1 Reading how many weird, silly or crazy experiments have been made in name of the science is very interesting, and provides an alternate point of view to the definition of science itself.2 The book is well written, funny and full of side stories about the life or scientists, or other historically related events.3 I found that many experiments, even if weird, were really interesting and offer very practical information about the human mind and human psy [...]


  26. Sometimes you just need to re read a fascinating, fun favorite This was one of those times, and this is one of those books.Boese writes about the bizarre In this book, he expounds on various scientific experiments over the years, that range from if people are attracted to each other when terrified on a swaying bridge, to the titular exploration of just what elephants are like when dosed with LSD.Some experiments are questionable, some are gross, some are famous, some are barely still remembered [...]


  27. The subject matter is fascinating, but some of the topics are ghastly and inhumane The book is easy to read although the lighthearted manner in which cruel experiments are described leaves a foul aftertaste.The most fascinating sections are on the Milgram and Stanford experiments which serve as as reminder of how easily coaxed we all are For these summaries alone it should have earned a 5, but it s 4 stars only due to the detached humour regarding the most cruel experiments.I would however thoro [...]


  28. Very entertaining If you re a fan of the Ignoble awards for the most preposterous experiments carried out in the name of science, this is a book for you.The author maintains his scientific detachment and allows the ludicrous or horrifying nature of the experiments to speak for themselves without poking fun or sensationalising.For many of the experiments it is difficult to argue that they provide no valuable information but one often wonders about the thought processes of the minds behind them.En [...]


  29. 3.5 The topics are interesting, but the authors writing style occasionally gave me the shits His puns and jokes are predictable not only in content, but in placement Otherwise Boese has done a good job of collating what I would also call a bizarre lot of experiments.


  30. This book is a great introduction to science for non science people Actually, this book still made me cringe and laugh as a science person so it is for everyone A great gift for a person who likes reading but has read EVERYTHING


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