Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Weird Experiments Shock Science Pro

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A science buff in San Diego, California, is exploring the weird, shocking, and amusing world of scientific experiments one elephant on acid at a time.

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 elephant’s rump.

Despite Tusko’s 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 don’t 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 isn’t boring!”

Elephants on Acid hits shelves this November. For more bizarre experiments visit Boese’s website, museumofhoaxes.com.

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