Sunday, April 16, 2006

as if i don't have enough trials in my life

I received the following invitation yesterday to participate in a clinical trial:



No, I will not let researchers mess around with my Man Hormones, not for Science and not for $1000.

4 comments:

astrid jane said...

Ha! I love it when people ask other people to do incredibly onerous things for relatively small amounts of cash...occaisonally some prof will email a bunch of grad students and be like "I need someone to take care of my three elderly rottweilers for 2 weeks, one is incontinent and the other two need insulin-shots every 4 hours. I can pay you 50 bucks."

Considering that they're asking you to gain weight, lose all sex drive, and sport big ol' man-boobs for a few months, you'd think they'd add another couple thou' on there at least. I can think of a lot of grad students who would endure temporary gynocomastia and shrunken testicles (or the female scary side-effect equivilent thereof) for money, but it'd nevertheless have to be enough to get you through a summer sans-teaching or to pay off a major credit card.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't too much testosterone contribute to baldness? Low testosterone is related to osteoporosis, right?

Anonymous said...

Well, considering that they are going to test their new product on men who clearly have high impulse control (and thus will subject themselves to a 16-week clinical trial that doesn't even pay partially until week 8), I am a little concerned about what happens when they slap Aggresso-Gel on the impulsive male population. I can see the legal defense now...

Gwen said...

I am embarrassed to think of the range of things I'd be willing to do for $1000. Despite now being a full-fledged associate professor, $1000 still seems like a lot.