Electrified Sheep

Glass-Eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments

By Alex Boese
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250007537, 352pp.)

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

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"Perfect summertime reading--preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts." --"Daily Mail" (UK )

Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of the Enlightenment, and a founding father of the United States. But perhaps less well known is that he was also the first person to use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an electric-shock victim. Odder still, it was actually mouth-to-beak resuscitation on a hen that he himself had shocked.

Welcome to some of the weirdest and most wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Filled with stories of science gone strange, "Electrified Sheep "is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

About the Author
ALEX BOESE holds a master's degree in the history of science from UC San Diego. He is the author of "Elephants on Acid "and "Hippo Eats Dwarf "and the creator of museumofhoaxes.com. He lives near San Diego.
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