These are the weirdest and most pointless studies Susan Erasmus has come across in the last few years. And they're up against stiff competition.
Before any study is conducted, surely the questions must be:
1.Why do we want to know this?
2. Will this make anyone's life better?
3.Could the money be better spent on starving children?
This was clearly not done, as these studies below were actually conducted, and research was published. That gurgling sound in the background is what it sounds like when you pour money down the drain.
Fish, space and motion sickness. German researchers sent 72 small fish into space to test whether they suffered from motion sickness. They swim in circles when they don't feel too good. Huh? Sending anything into space isn't cheap. And fish and humans are very different., so the findings are probably not significant. A fish with motion sickness; whatever next? An eagle with a fear of heights?
A mouse with the common cold. Researchers bred a mouse that was susceptible to the common cold. Not an experience any animal would want to miss out on now, would they? And no, mice and men cannot always be compared. We've had swine flu, now prepare yourself for mice sniffles. Sounds dreadfully scary. Bless you!