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Old 07-03-2013, 11:36 PM   #1
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Texas A&M threw a bunch of yellow plywood cards into the water to research currents and the effects Red Snapper farts have on them. I don't know what the chances are of them making their way here from Texas, but if you see any, you can call it in and be entered to win a $25 gift card. Be on the lookout for free money!

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:20 AM   #2
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I've been wondering about the effects of snapper farts for quite some time now.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:12 AM   #3
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I can tell you they don't really make me fart that much. It usually more of the things I eat with the snapper
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:24 PM   #4
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Is it the effect of the Snapper Farts on the cards, or on the currents?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:44 PM   #5
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These cards mean little, but if they add to other long term data we learn a little more about the gulf currents along the way.

It will mean nothing in the short run if you find a card and report it. It will mean even less in the long run. But it will mean something.

Data, is important.

Heck, if somebody found a card in North Carolina, it's a data point. Probably ignored by a curve line, but data nonetheless.

It's called "Science". Some of it like probably this study, is probably bad. But some of it works. Some, like this one is probably cheap. Maybe even next to free as some professor agrees to "grant" $50 of his grant budget to a very simple survey of gulf surface currents.

Heck, I'd bet, (maybe wrong), this was a project with a public school. "Let's drop cards in the water, see if they are reported back, compare that to the "Gulf Stream" by date.

Cool long term project for a high school that gets a $100 grant from texas A&M.

Cheap science. Money pretty well spent.

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Old 07-06-2013, 03:14 PM   #6
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I believe the purpose of the study is to better understand the Gulf currents so that they can better predict where oil may drift if there is another major oil spill\leak. And if Snapper farts can disrupt the natural flow of oil.
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