5 famous pork projects: Beer museum and more

5. National Science Foundation's study on why people fall in love

of

Sen. William Proxmire, a Democrat from Wisconsin on the Senate Finance Committee, famously railed against what he deemed wasteful federal spending, issuing his annual ‘Golden Fleece’ awards. In 1974 the target of his criticism was the National Science Foundation, a federal body that funds scientific research. Proxmire held up as an example that year an $84,000 federal grant by a University of Minnesota psychologist Ellen Berscheid, Ph.D, who conducted relationship research. The project description included the subject of romantic love in its proposal. This provoked considerable controversy on use of tax dollars, and called into question use of public funds in scientific research.

Source: Psychology Today

5 of 5
Share this story:

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK