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Coats decries $300K spent on 'hanger' study

Posted at 7:51 PM, Mar 09, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) took to the floor of the Senate this week to criticize more than $300,000 in federal dollars spent on a study about "hanger."

If you haven't come across the phrase yet, "hangry" is a portmanteau of the words "hunger" and "angry." People use it to describe being angry because you are hungry. Picture those "you're not yourself" Snickers commercials.

Coats called the study – which asked married couples to stick pins in a voodoo doll of their significant other whenever their spouse made them angry – a waste of money.

"Researchers actually spent three years and over $300,000 on this," Coats said. "Talk about waste. Think of all the Snickers bars you could have bought with $300,000. After three years, I'm sure these guys were waiting on pins and needles for the results."

In case you were wondering, yes: The study did determine "hanger" is real.

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