15 Dumb Ventures The Government Wasted Your Money On

Does the government spend money on anything worthwhile? Maybe. Sometimes. Occasionally. But you don't shuffle over a trillion dollars around without flushing some of it away on absolute garbage. So here are a handful the dumb things our money goes to, in what could easily be the first installment of a daily feature. 

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Source: Washington Post

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KB46 Ch Lonk sa FUNNY VIDEOS E CRAGKEDCOM In 2010, the IRS commissioned videos parodying Star Trek and Gilligan's Island to air at a training contest. The Trek one, at least, offered zero training information, So the IRS's initial defense of it failed, and they apologized.

Source: AP

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KB46 O Lonk sa STORING CRAP CRACKED CON Customs and Border control spends $1 million a year on storage. Specifically, on storing broken furniture and obsolete computers, because no one's yet ordered the stuff to be trashed yet.

Source: General Services Administration

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Source: Senate

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SAVING KB460 HIPSTERS KB46279860I CRACKED CON The NIH spent $5 million on an anti-smoking campaign targeted specifically at hipsters, those focused on the alternative music scene, local artists and designers, and eclectic self expression. Hipsters went on smoking.

Source: Washington Post

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THIS DORMANT BUILDING B2 The military built a $36 million military headquarters in Afghanistan. Not that bad a price for a military HQ. Except, the military there never actually wanted it, and it was never used.

Source: Washington Post

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KB46^ BAD CAMO 6279860I 2798601 CRACKED.COM One more Afghanistan expense (out of many, many more): $28 million for licensing fees to give Afghan soldiers camo. Camo which doesn't actually work as camouflage in the desert. A different, licence-free pattern would have worked.

Source: Inspector General

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PENIS KB462 ONenu10 KBu62 PUMPS B46279860I CRACKED CO COM It's surprising that until 2005, Medicare covered penis pumps, which can do bad things to men's equipment. Worse, it spent $14 million more on the things than the devices normally retail for.

Source: NY Times

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OPERATION KBIL6 IGLOO WHITE BATTERY MODULE ENVIRONMENTAL SIGNAL PROCESSOR ACOUSTIC ENCODER PORTS CODE PLUG -MIKE ASSEMBLY DECODER AUCIO AMPLIFIER RECEIVER. TRANSMITTER- GRACKEDOON America spent $1.7 billion on airdropping sensors along the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam War. The enemy immediately spotted the sensors and threw bags of pee

Source: Air Force

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WEB KB460 SCREW-UPS 46279860I Healthcare.gov Learn Get Businesses AllT & Families Small Individuals CRACKED.CON $4 million is not the amount spent on the site Healthcare.gov. $4 million is just the additional amount spent in the opening days after the site failed ... the amount sent to the same contractors who screwed

Source: Bloomberg

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THE POOP KB46^ PLANE KB46279860I B2 26852 U. S.AIR FORCE FS-852E Or e One of the Air Force's many costly aircraft experiments involved sticking a propeller on the F-84F Thunderstreak. The resulting constant sonic boom triggered nausea, seizures, and the loosening of people's bowels.

Source: Air & Space Mag

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FLEEING THEIR OWN FIRE CRAGKED CON In 1962, the government ordered a landfill set on fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania. The fire spread to a coal deposit and will burn for another 250 years. Congress spent $42 million to relocate the town's residents.

Source: NY Times

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A VEGGIE VIDEO GAME INTOICO Kiddlo Ir's A veggle and if you want dessert. you have to taste it GRACKEDOON The NIH spent $1.55 million on a video game app called Kiddio: Food Fight. In it, you play a mother persuading her kid to taste veggies. It did not actually prove popular

Source: U.S. News

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A SUPER KB46^ BOWL AD KB46279860 I B2 The Census Bureau spent $2.5 million in 2010 on a Super Bowl ad with B-list celebs. The government kind of has better ways of reaching people. This ad, say experts, targeted those who'd likely have answered the census anyway.

Source: NPR

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PARTYING IN 9860I VEGAS B2 hollywowv ph IOK CRACKEDo COM In 2010, the GSA spent $800, 000 on a conference in Vegas, with room parties, giant suSHI bills, and tens Of thousands spent on team building. The GSA is the agency in charge of eliminating government waste.

Source: The Atlantic