See some of the most outrageous ways your tax dollars are squandered.
Up in smoke: The Virginia Commonwealth University received $55,000 in 2011 (part of a larger $170,000 grant) to study changes in the hookah smoking habits of students in the nation of Jordan. The study sought to answer the question: “How many Jordanian students believe that water pipe tobacco smoking is more harmful than cigarettes smoking?” The answer, provided by your tax dollars, is 62.2 percent.
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