This statement may suggest that research is a serious business, and it generally is, but many discoveries researchers make are somewhat silly. Research like "Pressures produced when penguins pooh—calculations on avian defaecation
" (Meyer-Rochow 2003
) or the "Shrimp Fight Club"
actually entitled "Contests with deadly weapons: telson sparring in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda)
" (Green 2015
). Such research has come under attack from many in congress, calling it "wasteful.
" In fact, Senator Jeff Flake assembled what he calls a "wastebook"
mocking the work of researchers he deemed to be a waste of time and money.