By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
We’ve all seen those clickbait quizzes offering to decipher what type of personality we have based on our favorite foods. While a few may have tried them, not everyone believes that preferring pasta over pizza is an accurate way to interpret our personalities.
Except for a few scientists who were paid $40,000 by the government to do scientific research about the subject in 1982, nobody else has done it except them. The government today spent $112,500 to complete the study, after inflation.
Sen. William Proxmire (D-WI) highlighted this as his “Golden Fleece Award” for the month of January 1982. The U.S. Department of Agriculture spent $40,000 on a yearlong study called “Food Preferences and Social Identity” to test the claim that people with a certain personality prefer certain types of food.
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Sen. Proxmire had the right response when said in a press release, “SO WHAT? What does it matter whether you like carrots or caviar, who cares? Here’s a $40,000 study calculated to make the American taxpayer eat his heart out.”
The study apparently broke in Psychology Today magazine, in an article titled “Profiles in Eating – Sexy Vegetarians and other Diet Based Social Stereotypes.”
What did tax dollars discover? The study found that Vegetarians like “intellectual tasks, crafts, and want a good education.” Gourmet lovers “want spouses but few children, and like to mix it up on the tennis court.” Fast food eaters are “supposedly antidrug, patriotic, conservative, and interested in doing extra hard work on the job” and “health food nuts” are “the laid back folks among us.”
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