the girl they call "Anna" (99_regrets) wrote in ed_ucate,
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Minnesota Starvation Study

There's quite a bit to be said about the Minnesota Starvation Study (summary: http://jaoii.lunarpages.com/minn.html), but for now I have pretty much a single aspect of the study I want to hear from you guys on.

"[Some of the men collected] old books, unnecessary second-hand clothes, knick knacks, and other "junk." Often after making such purchases, which could be afforded only with sacrifice, the men would be puzzled as to why they had bought such more or less useless articles. (Keys et al., 1950, p. 837)"

Have any of you found odd shopping tendencies relating to non-grocery items?

[edit]: Any ideas on why this might be?
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