Your Tax Dollars at Work: $384,949 to Study Duck Penises

Remember that big “stimulus” bill Congress passed in 2009? Part of that $800 billion paid for a $384,949 grant to Yale University from the National Science Foundation to research “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia.”

The project has been receiving money from the NSF since 2009 and is slated for funding through July of this year.
“In the last quarter, we have prepared a manuscript for submission on the results of the first two years of experiments on social phenotypic plasticity in duck penis length in Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck. Experiments continued on genital social phenotypic plasticity in Mandarin Duck and Laysan Teal,” a 2010 fourth quarter update on the study says.

The Lonely Conservative observes: “Oh well, at least it’s just a fraction of what we’re spending to study the eating and drinking habits of lesbians.”