Alex Boese

Alex Boese
Alex Boese

Alex has been a student of the weird for as long as he can remember. His 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.


Alex is perhaps best known as the guy who pretends to be the curator of the Museum of Hoaxes. He's also a co-founder of the site Weird Universe (with fellow weirdos Chuck Shepherd and Paul DiFilippo) and blogs there daily.

Alex has written four weird books:

The Museum of Hoaxes: A History of Outrageous Pranks and Deceptions (Dutton, 2002)

Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. (Harcourt, 2006)

Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments (Harcourt, 2007)

Electrified Sheep: Atomic Pigs, Glass-Eating Scientists, and More Bizarre Experiments (Boxtree, 2011)


Alex holds a B.A. in the History of Science from Amherst College, as well as an M.A. in the same subject from the University of California, San Diego.

Alex Boese

"We are all weird."

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