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Seven years, $1.3 million in tax money spent to see if koozies keep drinks cool

Researchers have spent 7 years and $1.3 million dollars to tell us that koozies do, in fact, insulate our beer. WZTV FOX 17 Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN - Taxpayers have spent more than a million bucks to learn that a koozie is essential to keeping a drink can cold.

The art of summertime leisure is not lost on the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Researchers have spent 7 years and $1.3 million dollars to tell us that koozies do, in fact, insulate our beer.

The foam can holder, known as a koozie, wraps around a drink can.

Researchers through the University of Washington have been studying the novelty since 2009, getting two different grants from the NSF -- one for more than a half million dollars.

The second for more than $700,000 expiring last month.

scientists point out in the abstract for these grants that the bigger purpose is to "inform students and the general public about the importance of condensation.."

The researchers say their initial experiment with koozies in a basement bathroom is part of a larger project on weather, studying heat transfer, water vapor and global warming.

But their publications on study results are getting criticism online for "reinventing the wheel" and "not gaining much knowledge."

All at the expense of tax payers who already know what a koozie can do.

These researchers are now developing a tool to help students worldwide do this experiment themselves.

They can then compare their results online.

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