Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments

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Pan Macmillan, 2009 - Science - 282 pages
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Have you ever wondered if a severed head retains consciousness long enough to see what happened to it? Or whether your dog would run to fetch help, if you fell down a disused mineshaft? And what would happen if you were to give an elephant the largest ever single dose of LSD? The chances are that someone, somewhere has conducted a scientific experiment to find out:- If left to their own devices, would babies instinctively choose a well-balanced diet? - Discover the secret of how to sleep on planes- Which really tastes better in a blind tasting - Coke or Pepsi?

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User Review  - ThothJ - LibraryThing

Fun book, the chapter having to do with bathroom function was the best. But of doubtful scientific use. A fun read none the less. No science degree required to enjoy it. Read full review

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

I found this book a fairly easy read, good for dipping into and interesting. Clearly, today's ethics committees would have prevented many of these experiments from happening; I can't help thinking that the author trivializes just how distasteful some of these experiments were. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Alex Boese holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Museum of Hoaxes and Hippo Eats Dwarf and the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com. He lives near San Diego.

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