Did you know that some duck penises are corkscrew-shaped? Do you think anybody cares except for maybe another duck? Well apparently the federal government and Yale University care.
CNS News is reporting that as part of the stimulus spending, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $384,949 grant to Yale for a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia.”
The grant description says, “The project examines how reproductive morphology co-varies with season, age, and social environment in a diverse sample of duck species that differ in ecology, territoriality and breeding system.”
Yale has been receiving your tax dollars to study duck ding-dongs since 2009 and the money doesn’t run out until July.
“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 recovery.gov update on the study says.
Many duck penises are cork-screw shaped and some scientists believe this is because of a form of evolution known as “sexual conflict”.
Hello!!! Is there anybody thinking in the government? Almost $400 grand on Duck penises when this country is drowning in debt is just outrageous. And PLEASE don’t tell me it is not a lot of money … how many other programs like this are the ding-dongs who run our government funding???
Just think about how many White House tours the Federal budget could afford if we just called in a mohel to cut this program. Why should I care about Mandarin Ducks anyway? I much prefer Peeking Duck.