Alex Boese

Alex Boese
Alex Boese

  • Author of four books about the bizarre including "The Museum of Hoaxes: A History of Outrageous Pranks and Deceptions" and "Elephants on Acid"
  • Owns and operates the hoax and oddity blog Weird Universe with two friends and fellow writers Chuck Shepherd and Paul DiFilippo.
  • Curator of the Museum of Hoaxes


Alex Boese is a former writer for ThoughtCo who wrote about internet hoaxes, urban legends, weird experiments, and natural oddities. Boese is perhaps best known as the curator of the Museum of Hoaxes and is also a co-founder of the site Weird Universe (with fellow weirdos Chuck Shepherd and Paul DiFilippo).

A student of the weird for as long as he can remember, Boese's subject matter includes, but is not limited to, all two-headed cows, one-eyed eccentrics, potatoes that look like Richard Nixon, amphibious sea-maidens, men kicked in the head by horses, deranged whiskey drinkers, snuff-eating egotists, and imaginary women.


Boese holds a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Science from Amherst College as well as a Master of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Awards and Publications

  • The Museum of Hoaxes
  • Weird Universe
  • "Elephants on Acid and Other Weird Experiments"
  • "Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments"
  • "Hippo Eats Dwarf:  A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S."
  • "The Museum of Hoaxes: A History of Outrageous Pranks and Deceptions"

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.

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