Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of the Enlightenment and founding father of the USA. But perhaps less well known is that he was also the first person to use artificial respiration to revive an electric shock victim. Odder still, it was actually mouth-to-beak resuscitation on a hen that he himself had shocked. Welcome to some of the most weird and wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Packed full of eccentric characters, irrational obsessions and extreme experiments, Electrified Sheep is the long-awaited follow-up to the bestselling Elephants on Acid. Watch as scientists attempt to blow up the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy - and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.
Alex Boese holds a master's degree in the history of science from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Hippo Eats Dwarf and Elephants on Acid - a fascinating tour through the weirdest science experiments ever conducted - and is the creator and curator of www.museumofhoaxes.com, which receives over a million page hits every month. He lives in San Diego.