There is a lot of weirdness out there, but who thinks up these studies? Money is actually given to organizations who find answers to some of the most asinine questions. Personally, I don’t care, but I’m sure somewhere, someone does.
Here’s one that I’m sure kept you up all night, why don’t pregnant women topple? Really, someone studied this. "Scientists think they have figured out why pregnant women don’t lose their balance and topple over despite ever-growing weight up front. Evolution provided them with slight differences from men in their lower backs and hip joints, allowing them to adjust their center of gravity, new research shows." New research? You mean they researched this before and didn’t figure out there is a difference between men and women? I was pregnant twice, but I have to admit there were times I toppled when I wasn’t pregnant. What do you suppose that means? Have they studied that?
Now this one I just don’t get. Aggressive females get the mate. "Aggressive female antelopes are more likely to get a mate even when they go so far as to charge at the male to stop him from having sex with a rival, a study released Thursday found. But while the males may be turned on by this behavior the first few times, they eventually get angry and will even lock horns with the females to make them to stop pestering them, according to the study published in Current Biology." Now let me get this straight…first it says that aggressive females get the mate and then it says this only works a few times before the males get ticked off and fight back. But then that means the aggressive females don’t get the mate. I’m getting a headache.
And just for a smile, here’s Pretty in Pink. "Members of the Maricopa County DUI chain on a work detail as deputies guard them Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 in Phoenix, Az.. Men convicted of drunken driving will don bright pink shirts and perform burials of people who died of alcohol abuse as part of a new chain gang in Phoenix." Apparently this is seen as some sort of deterrent to criminals, but personally, I think it would brighten up their drab days. I mean, they get to go outside and it is December in Arizona, not Wisconsin. Besides, I see pink and think they are helping to promote breast cancer awareness.
So my question to you is, do you writers out there search for these weird stories to maybe use someday in a book? Or do you stick with your imagination? And to the readers in all of us, if you read this in a book, would you think the author has a great imagination or has been hitting the bottle? (Just kidding)
Bottom line: Where do I apply for money to do a study on the mating habits of authors?