Scientists spent 4 years solving a math problem that they admit has no practical applications! The question on every person's mind that has ever felt raped by taxes: "Who the F funded this?!" Well, I could give them the benefit of the doubt and say it was crazy rich people. I could also assume it was based on government grants and/or college funding. Both organizations have taken more money out of my pockets than I feel I've gotten back from them in services.
Impressive? Yes. But while climbing Mount Everest might get you famous or laid, solving this math problem will just get you wedgies. Gigantic wedgies.