My “favorite” government entity is the National Institutes of Health and its never-ending creativity when it comes to wasting the taxpayers’ money.

It’s no surprise that cocaine use is linked to increased risky sexual behavior.  So, why is the NIH still wanting to study the correlation between the two?  Hell if I know.  But they are.

This time they’re checking out a new subject:  Japanese quail.  Yes, you read that correctly.
“The University of Kentucky received a grant of $181,406 in 2010 from the NIH to study how cocaine enhances the sex drive of Japanese quail.   In 2011, grant funding was extended and an additional $175,587 was provided for the study.  The total awarded to the project will be $356,933.

The study seeks to verify the clinical observations that indicated that cocaine use in humans may increase sexual motivation, thereby increasing the likelihood of the occurrence of high-risk sexual behavior.  The researcher conducting the study highlighted how Japanese quail are ideal animals to use when studying the link between sex and drugs because the birds readily engage in reproductive behavior in the laboratory.   University of Kentucky‘s website stated that quail provide a convenient and interesting alternative to standard laboratory rats and pigeons. This study is slated to continue through 2015.”

All I want to know is if the lab plays a little rock ‘n roll to get the quail in the mood.