Alex Boese

Alex Boese
Alex Boese


  • A journalist with more than 23 years of experience
  • Published author of four books about the bizarre and whimsical
  • Founder and curator of the Museum of Hoaxes
  • Creator and owner of oddity blog, Weird Universe


Alex Boese is a former writer for ThoughtCo who wrote about internet hoaxes, urban legends, weird experiments, and other oddities for two years. For more than 23 years, Alex has been a journalist and student of the unusual. A sampling of his subject matter includes one-eyed eccentrics, amphibious sea-maidens, men kicked in the head by horses, deranged whiskey drinkers, snuff-eating egotists, and imaginary women.

Prestigious press outlets such as CNN and the New York Times, Reuters, and many others call Alex an expert debunker of hoaxes. In 1997, he founded the Museum of Hoaxes, a brick-and-mortar museum located in San Diego, California. Alex also developed and curated an ongoing blog at, where he delves into weird news, facts, and science.

Alex wrote and published four books about the world of the absurd, outrageous scientific experiments, and other pranks, stunts, and deceptions. His first was The Museum of Hoaxes (Penguin, 2002), followed by Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. (Mariner, 1st edition, 2006) and Electrified Sheep: Glass-eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon and More Bizarre Experiments (Mariner, 1st edition, 2006), both of which are in reprint. Each of his books continues to receive high reader reviews.



Alex Boes earned a master's degree in History of Science from the University of California, San Diego. He also graduated from Amherst College.


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