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SEN. JEFF FLAKE'S LIST OF WASTEFUL GOV'T RESEARCH STUDIES

Where exactly do your tax dollars go? Sen. Jeff Flake joined FOX & Friends with his report on government spending that’s sure to leave you ‘scratching your head.’

The federal government actually spent money to answer these questions…

::Where does it hurt most to be stung by a bee? – $1 million from National Science Foundation and DOD
::Do drunk birds slur when they sing? – $5 million from National Institutes of Health budget
::Why does the face of jesus appear on toast? – $3.5 million from National Institutes of Health budget
::Are cheerleaders more attractive in a squad? – $1.1 million from National Science Foundation and DOD
::Who will be America’s next top model? – $2.9 million from National Science Foundation and DOD
::What makes goldfish feel sexy? – $3.9 million from National Science Foundation and DOD
::Alligator on a treadmill - can you outrun a dinosaur? – $1.9 million from National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation
::Why is yawning contagious? – $1 million from National Institutes of Health budget
::How many shakes does it take for a wet dog to dry off? – $390 thousand from National Science Foundation

SEN. FLAKE'S 'EGREGIOUS 8' GOVERNMENT WASTE TOURNAMENT

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., joins 'Fox & Friends' to open voting in his third annual #Egregious8 tournament, and to unveil WasteLine, Flake’s new initiative to solicit tips on potential government waste. Tips can be left by calling (202) 224-4521 and then pressing 6 or online by clicking the WasteLine icon at flake.senate.gov.

The March Madness-inspired #Egregious8 tournament is the yearly culmination of Flake's ongoing effort to highlight egregious and unnecessary federal spending through his oversight reports – Wastebook: The Farce Awakens, Jurassic Pork and Tackling Paid Patriotism – and his regularly recurring #PorkChops series.

While some projects and practices targeted by Flake in the past year have since been addressed – including eliminating millions of dollars for paid patriotism and freeing billions of dollars tied to old transportation earmarks – others continue to waste taxpayer dollars.

The 2016 #Egregious8 pits eight of those items – including a $707,000 shrimp fight club, a $5 million grant including tailgate packages, and a $2 million effort to build jazz-playing robots – against each other and allow the public vote to advance the project they consider to be the most egregious waste of their tax dollars.

First round votes can be cast now on Flake’s #Egregious8 webpage, official Facebook page, and on Twitter using #Egregious8.