Thursday, June 14, 2007

THIS Is What Passes For Research At Boston College

I read this and I just had to laugh:

BOSTON - College students are known for finding creative ways to earn money, but few can compete with Boston University senior Allison Yochim — who once earned cash watching dueling images of sea turtles and hardcore pornography...

During one recent study on female sexuality, Yochim answered a survey of deeply personal questions. Then researchers measured her body's response while she watched a computer screen flashing a sequence of National Geographic-like nature images spliced with graphic sexual pictures.

"I'm not sure if it was academically credible, but hey, the more tortoises and porn that are involved, the better, because it was interesting," she said. "If it's going to yield a hilarious story, it's worth it. And the money is, of course, a perk. There's no other time in my life when I can do this without being seen as a weirdo."

Oh, honey, you're still a weirdo--but at least you're getting paid for it!

Sea turtles and porn--now there's a combination I never thought of. Academically credible? I'm probably not qualified to evaluate it. But it sounds darned weird to me.

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