There has been a lot of debate about the effectiveness of President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus program and the people at website verumserum.com have given us a little insight into where some of that money has gone.

1.  $9.3 million (!) to fund the design and development of a “coordinated colony of robotic bees“!

2.  A $54 million project to relocate one bridge for the Napa Valley Wine Train (!) in order to mitigate the possible impact of a “100 year storm event”.

3.  A $712,883 research grant to develop “machine-generated humor“. Project will design artificially intelligent “comedic performance agents”, and will “deploy them both on and off-line for the enjoyment and illumination of everyday citizens”.

4.  A $225,000 study at Ohio State University on the relative and combined impacts of air pollution and a high fat diet on obesity development.

5.  An academic study comparing outcomes of the concurrent and separate use of malt liquor and marijuana ($389,357).

6.  $10,346 for a heating and cooling company to provide “escort services” for other companies performing a laser scanning survey at a courthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii.

7.  Funding a $447,492 Univ. of North Carolina study on the development and use of “African American English” amongst 70 adolescents.

8.  Funding of a $168,300 SBA loan to the Escape Massage parlor in Midlothian, VA.

9.  Funding of a Dartmouth College study involving “sexual arousal in anesthetized female rats” ($9,870).

10.  A $427,824 research grant to design better video games for senior citizens based on their unique “game-play needs”.

The president hoped the stimulus money would get the economy back on track and keep unemployment below 8% but instead it has become another symbol of politicians feeding at the federal trough at the taxpayers expense.

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