In this edition of “Biggest waste of research dollars ever”, CNN has chosen to let us know about a study on how people select their mates. In a shocking revelation, the study found that men are most likely to want someone based on their physical appearance.
Has anyone else seen a study that the results made you go “Duh!”?
I’ve got a great idea for a research grant. Let’s see if alcohol is involved, will that certain minimum attractiveness threshold is lower or raised? The problem is getting willing participants for this study. I can only think of several million off the top of my head.
This study answers the age old question - If you are too old to rock and roll, are you really too young to die…
Actually, the study produced some interesting results. While death rates for rock stars between the US and the UK are the same for the first 25 years, after that the US stars die off a lot faster than the UK bods. There is no old rocker like an old Brit rocker.
I chatted to a friend the other day. He was telling me of some research a colleague had done regarding how much of the biomass in Alaska comes from the ocean (via salmon). For bears, it can be as much as 25%. How did he know this? He analysed bear droppings. Since he also mapped the location via GPS of said shit, his published paper title is (or maybe will be)
These studies with seemingly obvious results have value I think, because occasionally a counter-intuitive result is found. For example, I recall reading about a study that showed that when meat prices are higher, people waste more meat.
What’s stupid is when the study has the obvious intuitive result, but they still make it front-page news. Just tell me about the ones that discover something surprising.