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Ten best examples of wasteful government spending

What do circus classes, robot squirrels and talking urinal cakes have in common? They’re all things the federal government is spending money on, according to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Waste List.”

While the whole list contains roughly 100 wasteful government projects — on a Craigslist-styled website — we’ve compiled the ten funniest items here, with pictures.

Enjoy. You’re welcome.

10. Circus classes: $20,000

Circus

 

9. Sidewalks to nowhere: $1,100,000

Sidewalk

 

8. 100-year Starship Initiative: $30,000

Spaceship

 7. Lego city: $3,700

Lego

 

6. Smokey Bear balloons: $49,447

Smokey Bear

5. Robot squirrels: $325,000

Squirrel

4. Star Wars party: $365

Emperor Palpatine

3. Graffiti mural to fight obesity: $13,000

Graffiti

2. Talking urinal cakes: $10,000

urinal

1. Fruit fly sexual attractiveness study: $939,771

fruit fly


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