Amazingly, the title of this post is not from the Onion but an actual news article:
Flag of the People’s Republic of China (CNSNews.com) — The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will pay $2.6 million in U.S. tax dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly on the job.
Dr. Xiaoming Li, the researcher conducting the program, is director of the Prevention Research Center at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.
I’d love to see that grant application:
Dear Uncle Sam,
Please send me $2.6 million to get drunk and hang out with hookers.
Thank you in advance.
Women not your thing? Well Uncle Sam will pay you to hang out with gay guys too:
Government researchers are spending more than $400,000 in taxpayer money to hit the [gay] bars in Argentina.
The National Institutes of Health are paying researchers to cruise six bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk — and just what can be done about it.
The funniest thing is I know a ton of very talented cancer researchers that work 70+ hours a week and don’t get anywhere near that level of funding.
U.S. Will Pay $2.6 Million to Train Chinese Prostitutes to Drink Responsibly on the Job, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Edwin Mora
U.S. Government Funds $400,000 Study on Gay Sex in Argentina Bars, Fox News, Friday, May 08, 2009