Conservatives released their annual list yesterday of the most ridiculous things the federal government has spent money on, including a solar powered beer and a $2.7 million weight-loss program for truckers.

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Not everything on the list happened this year.

  1. The Agriculture Department spent $35,000 on solar panels for a brewery in northern Michigan – solar-powered beer, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers!
  2. The National Institutes of Health spent about $2.7 million on weight-loss program for truckers.
  3. The Internal Revenue Service issued a $40 million tax credit to GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump to turn the Old Post Office in Washington into a new, luxury hotel.
  4. The State Department spent $545,000 to train senior officials how to testify before Congress.
  5. A $683,600 National Endowment for the Arts program gave Virginia theater companies tens of thousands of dollars to perform dialogue-free adaptations of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
  6. The National Science Foundation doled out roughly $374,000 on a study about the dating habits of senior citizens and awarded a $50,000 grant to develop a random number generator for casinos.
  7. The National Park Service spent more than $65,000 to “demonstrate what happens to bugs when the lights go out.”
  8. The Pentagon spent around $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan, a project that should have cost about $500,000.

Read more at The Fiscal Times.