Sunday, December 21, 2008

Is Rudolph the reindeer a boy, a girl or neither?

© By Othmar Vohringer

The headline is no joke, I wish it were, according to an article in the Associated Press is now been pondered by renowned wildlife experts at the Texas A&M University.

No doubt this ridicules research is going to cost a small fortune and may be a way to keep the government grants flowing. Over the years I have read about many ludicrous University research programs, like the one where several wildlife biologists and student traveled to Africa to study the sex life of ground squirrels to the tune of over a million dollars.

Studying the gender of mythical animals, however, beats a new record in useless studies. One would think that in these economical trying times the government would find better ways to spend money then granting it to Universities for this kind of studies.

You can read the full article here. But be forewarned, reading the article may induce severe head shaking.

A very Merry Christmas to you all.

Othmar Vohringer Outdoors
Founding Member of Outdoor Bloggers Summit


Adam said...

I agree Othmar, you would think the government would be a little smarter with our money. I hope you and your family have a very blessed and merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I feel there is better ways to spend government money than using it for wasted research.

Here is an idea, how about using it to help the homeless in our own country.

SimplyOutdoors said...

This is becoming laughable. This "research" ranks right up there with the study that concluded college kids are more likely to binge drink, and eating at Mcdonalds everyday will make you fat. Really? We needed a study to prove these things. Amazing!

Kris said...

I know, they can send me the money for the grant, and I will give them an answer in 2-4 years. of course, they will have to renew the grant every year. However, I will ensure that the money is actually used for something beneficial before giving them an answer :)

Terry Scoville said...

A family member of mine is one of those who gets Gov't. grants and it just irritates the hell out of me at the waste and how full of "themselves" these individuals are. Needless to say we don't always see eye to eye!

CDGardens said...

Merry Christmas to you and Artemis!

I would get carried away I think if I were to comment about the ridiculous research that gets funded.

Mel said...

Ditto on everything everyone else has had to say about your post, Othmar. I have long said that our government is very blind on where they should spend significant amounts of money. It sure as hell ain't on a grant for researching the the tendencies of Rudolph!

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