10 university studies that never should have been funded

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Don’t get me wrong, I am a total research whore hound.

I’ve got Google Alerts on Google Alerts for studies that keep me in the know on everything from yoga to entrepreneurship to music.

But, not too infrequently, I come across an abstract of a study that leaves me scratching my head, wondering, “dude, did you seriously have to spend a bazillion friggin dollars to prove what is already patently obvious to a 3-year old?”

Now, of course, I could just keep all these ridiculously self-evident studies to myself, but where’s the fun in that? So, without further ado, here is my list of…

Top 10 total waste of money studies (warning – if you have even the slightest concern about losing vital minutes of your life, do not read on, I said stop, hey do NOT read this list!)

Okay, I feel better now that I got that off my chest, wheeew! Especially after the hardcore (and rather fabulous) discussion around science, God, sprituality and religion from my last post.

Now, I know I am not the only who comes across ridiculous studies, so, two questions…

What do ya think of these and have you read any other ones we all need to know about?

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7 responses

7 responses to “10 university studies that never should have been funded”

  1. Jenn Osborne says:

    I recently read a study that examined why old-order Mennonites have very little heart disease. Hello? They don’t drive cars and they walk everywhere they go. I don’t suppose this amazingly healthy lifestyle has something to do with it?

  2. Mohsin says:

    I bet those senile researchers didn’t know how it feels to laugh until they conducted the studies.

  3. Shama Hyder says:

    Hi Jonathan-

    When I was in graduate school I noticed some studies that were so irrelevant that it seemed to be a complete waste of time and energy.

    Mundane topics that some researchers had given their entire life to. It was hard to believe. It turned me off to academics in a major way.

  4. Lane says:

    More to the point, how many research studies are so valuable that the money for them should be forcibly taken from people, rather than allowing those people to spend the money they earned in the way they would prefer? Or do you even realize that I’m talking about taxes?

  5. Some of those are hilarious, although I can actually see the value in some of them. It makes sense to me that night-nurses could have good sleep habits if they got a good “night’s” sleep during the day. And I can see how the suppressing of thoughts making them more prominent might not be obvious to some people. But I’ll agree that most of those were pretty pointless.

  6. These studies remind me of jokes we’d make in graduate school about research. We thought it would save a lot of time if we decided on our findings and recommendations first, then wrote hypotheses to match. I opted not to take this route, but I wonder how many did.

    When it comes to studies that are a waste of time, none are more ridiculous than the medical studies that confirm what grandmothers across the world always knew: chicken soup has fantastic healing power.