Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments

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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.

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About the author

ALEX BOESE holds an M.A. in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. Boese is the author of Elephants on Acid and Hippo Eats Dwarf and the creator of museumofhoaxes.com. He lives near San Diego, California.

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Macmillan
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Jun 5, 2012
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781250015105
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English
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Humor / Form / Essays
Science / History
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