Alex Boese

Alex Boese
Alex Boese

  • Journalist with more than 23 years of experience
  • Published author of four books about the bizarre and whimsical
  • Founder and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes
  • Creator and owner of oddity blog, Weird Universe


Alex Boese is a former writer for ThoughtCo who wrote about internet hoaxes, urban legends, weird experiments, and other oddities for two years. A journalist and student of the weird for more than 23 years, a sampling of Alex’s 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.

Alex has published four books about the world of the absurd, including his latest, Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments. In 1997, Alex founded the Museum of Hoaxes, a brick-and-mortar museum located in San Diego, California that is open to all. He also developed and curates a blog called Weird Universe.


Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Science from Amherst College, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Awards and Publications

Electrified Sheep (St. Martin's Griffin, 2013)

Elephants on Acid (Mariner Books, 2007)

Hippo Eats Dwarf (Mariner, 2006)

The Museum of Hoaxes (Dutton Adult, 2002)

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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