Paul, Flake Open Voting in #SourSixteen Tournament of Waste

Paul, Flake Open Voting in #SourSixteen Tournament of Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today opened voting in their #SourSixteen Tournament of Waste. The March Madness-inspired #SourSixteen tournament is a yearly culmination of each senator’s ongoing efforts to highlight egregious and unnecessary federal spending.

Some of the teams that will be pitted against each other include – part of a $1 million grant to see where it hurts most to be stung by a bee, $1.5 million to put fish on a treadmill, $99,787 to improve Kenyan farmers' cell phone literacy, including training on Google and Facebook, and pulling from $700,000 in grants to unsuccessfully determine what Neil Armstrong said on the moon.

Follow the 2017 #Sour16 Tournament of Waste to see whether or Team Paul or Team Flake discovered the most outrageous example of government spending on March 13.  

First round votes can be cast now at the following locations:

Paul’s #SourSixteen webpage                         Paul’s official Facebook page

Flake’s #SourSixteen webpage                       Flake’s official Facebook page

Also follow along on Twitter using #SourSixteen

TEAM PAUL’S 2017 #SOURSIXTEEN MATCHUP SUMMARIES:

FACEBOOK FARMERS VS. CLOWN SHOW

Facebook Farmers

Funded by: U.S. Agency for International Development?

Cost to taxpayers: $99,787?

Description: Teaching Kenyan farmers how to google and use Facebook

Alma Mater: Worldwide Wa$te Part VII: Institutional Development

 

Clown Show

Funded by: Inter-American Foundation?

Cost to taxpayers: $324,015?

Description: Funded a program to teach poor kids in Argentina the circus arts, in the hopes that they would pursue careers under the big top?

Alma Mater: Worldwide Wa$te Part V: Inter-American Foundation

 

 

LEMME TAKE A SELFIE VS. PAGAN VACATION

Lemme Take a Selfie

Funded by: National Science Foundation?

Cost to taxpayers: Partially funded by a $500,000 grant?

Description: Studied if taking selfies (and smiling) made people happy… it does?

Alma Mater: A Selfie of Waste

 

Pagan Vacation

Funded by: U.S. Agency for International Development

Cost to taxpayers: $1,946,000?

Description: Funded agro-ecotourism projects in Belarus, including a B&B that features Pagan goat sacrifices

Alma Mater: Worldwide Wa$te Part VI: Foreign Tourism Promotion

 

 

SUPERNATURAL DISASTER VS. NOT SO HOT

Supernatural Disaster

Funded by: National Park Service?

Cost to taxpayers: $150,000?

Description: Studied Alaskans’ personal experiences with the supernatural, including sightings of sea monsters, big foot, and invisible birds?

Alma Mater: National Park Service X-Files Project

 

Not So Hot

Funded by: National Institutes of Health?

Cost to taxpayers: $500,000?

Description: Studied people’s tolerance for spicy food and used alcohol prevention money to study how to select the best wine?

Alma Mater: Some Like it Hot: The Taste of Waste

 

 

HIP-HOP GRAFFITI VS. OUT OF THIS WORLD

Hip-Hop Graffiti

Funded by: U.S. Department of State?

Cost to taxpayers: $209,000 ?

Description: Funded a project using hip-hop to “develop the artistic skills of young Pakistanis and Pakistani Artists namely in Graffiti, Mural and Public Art”?

Alma Mater: Worldwide Wa$te Part I: Foreign Cultural Promotion

 

Out of This World

Funded by: National Science Foundation?

Cost to taxpayers: Pulling from $700,000 in grants?

Description: Used autism research money to unsuccessfully determine if Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step” for “a man” or just “man” when he landed on the moon?

Alma Mater: One Small Step for Waste, One Giant Leap for Wastekind

TEAM FLAKE’S 2017 #SOURSIXTEEN MATCHUP SUMMARIES:

FISH OUT OF WATER VS. THE SEE-THRU SHOWCASE
Fish Out of Water

Funded by: National Science Foundation

Cost to taxpayers: $1.5 million
Description: Study timing how long fish can run on a treadmill

Alma Mater: Wastebook: Fish on a Treadmill

The See-Thru Showcase

Funded by: Department of Commerce

Cost to taxpayers: $1.7 million
Description: Holograms of stand-up comedians star in an adults-only comedy club

Alma Mater: Wastebook: Hologram Comedy Club Laughing all the Way to the Bank


THE GLOWING DOOBIES VS. THE DRILLING DENTISTS

The Glowing Doobies

Funded by: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Cost to taxpayers: $35,000
Description: A 28-foot tall, glow-in-the-dark joint displayed in the Mile High City

Alma Mater: Wastebook: Giant Glow-in-the-Dark Doobie


The Drilling Dentist

Funded by: National Institutes of Health

Cost to taxpayers: $3.5 million
Description: Studying why people fear dentists

Alma Mater: Wastebook: What Causes Fear of the Dentist



BINGE WATCHING BETAS VS. SHAKE ‘N BAKE
Binge Watching Betas

Funded by: National Science Foundation and Department of Defense

Cost to taxpayers: $460,000
Description: Computers programmed to watch “Desperate Housewives”

Alma Mater: Wastebook: Computers Try to Learn Human Behavior by Binge Watching “Desperate Housewives”


Shake ‘n Bake

Funded by: Institute of Museum and Library Services

Cost to taxpayers: $150,000
Description: Cooking class on building earthquake-proof gingerbread houses

Alma Mater: Wastebook: Earthquake-Proof Gingerbread House


SQUAD GOALS VS. THE STINGING BEES

Squad Goals

Funded by: National Science Foundation

Cost to taxpayers: $1.1 million

Description: Determining if cheerleaders are more attractive in a squad

Alma Mater: 20 Questions: Are Cheerleaders More Attractive in a Squad?

The Stinging Bees

Funded by: National Science Foundation

Cost to taxpayers: Part of a $1 million grant
Description: Bees forced to sting various parts of the body to find out where it hurts most to be stung

Alma Mater: 20 Questions: Where Does it Hurt the Most to be Stung by a Bee?