Science lover Alex Boese has just penned Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments (Harcourt), a book about the weirdest science experiments of all time, and Boese says the wacky studies on animals over the centuries have resulted in pretty freaky and fatal findings.
For example, in 1962 a group of Oklahoma City researchers decided to see what happens if you give an elephant LSD, and proceeded to inject 297 milligrams of acid about 3,000 times the level of a typical human dose, and the largest dose ever administered to any creature into Tusko the elephants rump.
Despite Tuskos large size, the LSD had an immediate effect on him, and he got restless, lost control of his movements, began having a seizure, and about 80 minutes later keeled over and died.
Says Boese: The scientists thought Tusko would be okay since he was so big, but they quickly realized that elephants and acid dont mix. A lot of these animal experiments like the elephant, two-headed dogs, and brain-controlled bulls have morbid but fascinating results. They prove that science definitely isnt boring!
Elephants on Acid hits shelves this November. For more bizarre experiments visit Boeses website, museumofhoaxes.com.
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