Taxpayer Money Spent on Robots That Fold Laundry, Shrimp on Treadmills

You’ve probably heard of shrimp on the barbie, but what about shrimp on a treadmill?

The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money researching it. It’s not entirely clear what this research hoped to establish.

But it’s one of a number of projects cited in a scathing new report from Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, exclusively obtained by ABC News.

It’s not just shrimp on a treadmill. The foundation spent $1.5 million to create a robot that can fold laundry. But before you try to buy one to save some time, consider that it takes the robot 25 minutes to fold a single towel.

The list goes on. Lots of people love to use FarmVille on Facebook, but lots of people probably don’t love the government’s spending $300,000 in taxpayer money to study whether it helps build personal relationships.

PHOTO: The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money studying research involving a shrimp on a treadmill.

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The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money studying research involving a shrimp on a treadmill.
 
“What it says to me is, they have too much money if they’re going to spend money on things like that,” Coburn said in an interview.

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ABC News’ Auzzie Deen and Bret Hovell contributed to this report.

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