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.


Awards and Publications

LiveAbout and Dotdash

LiveAbout is a reference site focused on entertainment, activities, and hobbies. We know that time away from the stress of work and responsibilities at home is limited, and we want to help you make the most of those precious hours.

That’s why our coverage is a lovable jumble of urban legends, sports history, and esoteric trivia. Our articles discuss everything from fashion advice to UFO sightings, all so you can make the most of your time off.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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