College project shows that turtles are helpless, people are terrible12/28/2012
Nathan Weaver's college project was supposed to help him learn how to help the box turtle population, but he ended up collecting data on how awful people can be. Weaver, a senior at Clemson University, placed a "realistic rubber turtle" in the center of a highway and observed it in the hopes he would get ideas on how to help them cross the road safely. Instead, he was horrified to see drivers swerving to intentionally run over the fake reptile. A second test yielded the same results. "They seem so helpless and cute," Weaver's professor said. "I can't understand … why you would swerve to hit something so helpless as a turtle." [Source]
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