Apparently, the USA funds a Shrimp Museum at the federal level; I'd imagine as a form of pork-barrel spending. However, I've been looking for this online but ain't found much, thus I ask this.

Is this true? And if it is, exactly how much did they allocate? And where is this Museum?

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    What is the source for this claim?
    – user11249
    May 25, 2017 at 0:36
  • My friends told me and it was mentioned on things like Secular Talk when he talks about the budget. I looked and didn't find much, thus I ask.
    – Tirous
    May 25, 2017 at 0:40
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    This belongs on skeptics.se if anywhere
    – Colin
    May 25, 2017 at 1:31
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    @ColinZwanziger: "My friends told me" isn't notable enough for Skeptics.
    – jwodder
    May 25, 2017 at 6:16

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It depends on how you define "shrimp museum."

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided grants to zoos and aquariums like The Chicago Shedd Aquarium, usually for specific research purposes.

I could imagine how someone skeptical of federal government spending might hyperbolically refer to this as "federal spending on a shrimp museum," but ultimately it's part of a broad, complex system of federal grants provided by the NSF to advance scientific research for public benefit.

  • What specific public benefit that exceeds the grant cost in objective way is provided by a grant to study shrimp in aquarium? :)
    – user4012
    May 25, 2017 at 13:40
  • @user4012 Would you rather study shrimp that have been thrown on the barbie?
    – Golden Cuy
    Oct 23, 2018 at 1:42

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