We’re joined by Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes, to discuss some of the best pranks and hoaxes ever pulled off, as well as the true story of April Fool’s Day.
Alex Boese holds an M.A. in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Elephants on Acid, Hippo Eats Dwarf, and Electrified Sheep. He lives near San Diego, California. He created the Museum of Hoaxes in 1997. It began as research notes for his doctoral dissertation but soon made its way onto the web where it rapidly transformed into a full-time means for him to procrastinate. As proof of this, he never finished the dissertation, but the Museum, during the same period of time, grew enormously. He’s written articles for a number of magazines, including Smithsonian, New Scientist, and Mental Floss. In his capacities as a ‘hoaxpert’ (hoax expert) and bizarre-experiment expert, he has been interviewed by many radio stations, newspapers, and magazines including NPR, BBC Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today.