Eric Scheiner of CNS News has a quacking good story out about one of the ponds into which our federal tax dollars are sunk. The opening sentence tells you most of what you want — or don’t want — to know: “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $384,949 grant to Yale University for a study on ‘Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia.’”
How do they do this study? Do they go around goosing the ducks? Why hasn’t anyone called fowl on this waste of money? If there were any justice, this report should be the swan song for whomever approved this study.
I almost hate to print this next sentence from the CNS story, but it appears as if the researchers think that when it comes to ducks doing something that rhymes with duck, size really does matter: “According to the NSF grant abstract the study shows that age, environment and breeding changes can impact the penis length of certain ducks.”
Hey, Mr. President: Sequester this!