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reinventing the whee!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 15, 2010

Among the grants awarded by the US government to stimulate the, um, economy, intrepid researchers have found this line item:

$219,000 to the National Institutes of Health to study whether female college students are more likely to have casual sex when they are drunk;

Unless I'm mistaken male college students have been studying that very question intensively for generations. NIH might save time and money by consulting the scientific records at frat houses.

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  • Posted by: Duns Scotus - Feb. 19, 2010 11:36 PM ET USA

    Ah, GabrielAustin9013, I believe that's why it's called satire.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 18, 2010 12:33 PM ET USA

    How does one "re-invent" any thing? Once invented, it's invented. Check it out with the patent office. It does not accept re-inventions. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy thinking.

  • Posted by: Duns Scotus - Feb. 16, 2010 5:46 PM ET USA

    Forgive me, Sheepcat, for wondering whether such a probability can be acurately quantified and, even if it can, what the point of doing so is.

  • Posted by: The Sheepcat - Feb. 16, 2010 4:28 PM ET USA

    Slow news day yesterday, Di? The story dates back to December 12, and the study, problematic though it may be, is still not nearly as dopey as it's been made out to be. From the project description,, the question isn't *whether* female college students are more likely to have casual sex when they are drunk, it's how much more likely and what other factors influence the behaviour.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Feb. 15, 2010 8:36 PM ET USA

    I'm sure that there will be no shortage of research volunteers among the young men, even at Catholic colleges.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Feb. 15, 2010 4:01 PM ET USA

    What can I say but "science has become the new God of modernists everywhere." All people seem to care about is what the latest science research has to say about questions that were settled sometimes centuries ago by common sense or common experience.