The National Science Foundation awarded a grantfor $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.
The study, first funded in 2011 and continuing until 2015, will study the New Zealand snails to see if it is better that they reproduce sexually or asexually – the snail can do both – hoping to gain insight on why so many organisms practice sexual reproduction.
So you do your 4 years of college, you move on to your masters, you get a kick ass job and then one day in the break room you're eating your lunch and the boss comes in. "Good news Jones, we landed a new account and I am putting you in charge!" "You got it boss" and you don't even ask what it is. WHAP! You're doing a study on Snail Sex! Game, Set, Match...bust out. To be honest, I am not even sure what is crazier. Studying Snail Sex or spending almost a million bucks doing it.