I participate in surveys and focus groups when I can and they can be quite interesting, and expensive on the part of the tester. A few months back, I had the opportunity to try various formulations of a hard cider produced by a major beer company. (I want to say it was Coors, based on the demo packaging, but that's probably wrong.) One at a time, they gave me sealed cans of slightly-different ciders in nondescript packaging with instructions to pour it into a (new) cup, munch on various snack foods, fill out the survey, call the guy in for the next can, repeat, for a total of 8 different versions. For my trouble, I got to keep the half-eaten bag of crackers, drink all the cider I wanted until I decided to leave (or got drunk, I suppose), and 50$ cash.
Another time, I got a steak dinner, with dessert, and a voucher to some mail order company where I got a free set of pots and pans. What were they actually testing? Steak sauce.
There's a lot of random stuff in R&D... and paying the subjects are an area that can add up to be intriguingly costly.
He makes Special Containment Procedures to Secure, Contain and Protect makers?
"I was worried it was as dangerous as a shark or a lion."
"But sharks and lions only kill a few people. Mosquitoes kill 2 million people each year."
"One of us needs our threat level assessment recalibrated, and I don’t know if it’s her or me."