Before he retired from the Senate, Oklahoma senator, Tom Coburn, yearly put out a book sized report the called the Waste Book which listed all the ridiculous things tax payer money would be spent on. Since his leaving, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona has continued this process, but has re-named it "PORKemon Go". One the first items listed for wasteful spending this year is this from San Diego which reads like something from The Onion. Things that look like The Onion are big right now.
"At the University of California San Diego, a $560,000 stimulus grant from the National Science Foundation funded a study measuring the endurance of fish on a treadmill."
Then there's this: "A $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health was used, in part, to analyze the partying habits of fraternity and sorority members on college campuses." What did they find? Members of Greek letter organizations consume higher quantities of alcohol, report more frequent drinking, and experience more alcohol-related consequences” than other students.
How in the world things like these get included in budget with monies actually dispersed is beyond me.