Golden Fleece Award – Studying the Physical Measurements of 432 Flight Attendants
Inspired by the wasteful and sometimes silly spending he saw, Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wisconsin), in 1975 began giving out “Golden Fleece” awards to public officials for wasteful spending.
Proxmire gave the first award to the National Science Foundation for spending $84,000 on a study on love, commenting, “I believe that 200 million other Americans want to leave some things in life a mystery, and right on top of the things we don't want to know is why a man falls in love with a woman and vice versa.”
He doled out awards to the Federal Aviation Administration for spending $57,800 on a study of the physical measurements of 432 flight attendants; to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a $121,000 study on developing "some objective evidence concerning marijuana's effect on sexual arousal” on male pot smokers, and many more.
There is no doubt Proxmire would have plenty opportunity to give out the dubious award if he were still alive and in office.
For example, a certain candidate for the waste award would be the study that spent $1 million to determine "where it hurts the most to be stung by a bee."
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