Top 10 STRANGEST Ways The Federal Government Wasted Your Money in 2012

Lots of people have been asking us to post this after we used it on the show this morning. These are the top 10 programs out of the 100 listed in this year’s “WasteBook” published by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-NE) highlighting the various oddball things the govt spends our money on each year.

This year the total from these 100 programs came to $18 Billion in spending. A giant number…but still only a fraction of the $1 TRILLION or so we spend each year all together. Damn. Anyways…here’s your top 10.

#1.) Moroccan pottery classes. The U.S. has spent $27 MILLION on a project to train people in Morocco to design and sell pottery at home and abroad. The classes suffered from language barriers with American teachers and flopped.

#2.) Robot squirrels. A part of a $325,000 grant was spent on a study that built a robotic squirrel to see how snakes would react to it.

#3.) Making pennies. In 2012, the cost to produce one penny was . . . two cents. And even though no one uses pennies anymore and making them is clearly inefficient, the government spent at least $120 MILLION making them.

#4.) Pet shampoo. A pet care company in Nebraska got $505,000 from a community development block grant to help install machines that make pet shampoo and toothpaste.

#5.) Food stamps for the dead. At least 2,000 dead people received food stamps last year . . . and that’s just in New York and Massachusetts.

#6.) The size of golf holes. Purdue University used part of a $350,000 grant on a study that concluded if golfers imagined they were putting into larger holes, they were more successful.

#7.) Better tasting beef jerky. The Pentagon has spent more than $1.5 MILLION trying to create a better-tasting beef jerky for soldiers.

#8.) The attractiveness of female fruit flies. More than $900,000 went toward a study that found female fruit flies lose their looks as they get older, and are less attractive to male fruit flies.

#9.) Food for Mars. Even though there’s no plan to send people to Mars for at least two decades, NASA spent $1 MILLION developing recipes that could be eaten on Mars . . . including pizza and vegetarian options.

#10.) Gaydar. A $30,000 grant went to a study at the University of Washington to test if gaydar was real. They found people identify gay men’s faces correctly 57% of the time, and lesbian women’s faces correctly 65%.