Info as provided by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn in his annual “Wastebook”. Government workers who were placed on leave for disciplinary reasons, such as misconduct, security concerns or criminal issues, received $20 million while on leave this year. One that takes the cake is the $10,000 the government spent to watch grass grow. The government shelled out $387,000 to provide rabbits with a relaxing daily massage. The critters were treated to a “mechanical device that simulates the long, flowing strokes used in Swedish massages”. The government dropped $50,000 on a project to study the swirl of sea monkeys’ collective movements. The researchers did so by choreographing a synchronized swimming routine for the tiny shrimp. The government also spent $856,000 to throw mountain lions on a treadmill and $171,000 to watch monkeys gamble. They also spent $331,000 on a study that led to a mind-blowing discovery, that "hungry people get cranky and aggressive." Now, before I get attacked for placing this thread here it IS Stern related. $10 Million for a remodeled closet and $7 Million for a cat house? Maybe Stern should be our next leader after all, he would fit right in.