Alex Boese

Alex Boese
Alex Boese

  • A 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

Experience

Alex Boese is a former writer for ThoughtCo who wrote about internet hoaxes, urban legends, weird experiments, and other oddities for two years. For more than 23 years, Alex has been a journalist and student of the unusual. 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.

Prestigious press outlets such as CNN and the New York Times, Reuters, and many others call Alex an expert debunker of hoaxes. In 1997, he founded the Museum of Hoaxes, a brick-and-mortar museum located in San Diego, California. Alex also developed and curated an ongoing blog at WeirdUniverse.net, where he delves into weird news, facts, and science.

Alex wrote and published four books about the world of the absurd, outrageous scientific experiments, and other pranks, stunts, and deceptions. His first was The Museum of Hoaxes (Penguin, 2002), followed by Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. (Mariner, 1st edition, 2006) and Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon and More Bizarre Experiments (Mariner, 1st edition, 2006), both of which are in reprint. Each of his books continues to receive high reader reviews.

 

Education

Alex Boes earned a master's degree in History of Science from the University of California, San Diego. He also graduated from Amherst College.

 

Awards and Publications

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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