How our government wasted our tax dollars last year

#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.) 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.

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

#6.)  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.

#7.)  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.

#8.)  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%.