Golden Hookah: Feds Spent $3.6 Million to Study Drug-Smoking, Menstruating Monkeys

June 9, 2011 | 5:49 PM EDT
This week's Golden Hookah Award winner for wasteful government spending is The National Institute on Drug Abuse for spending $398,873 on a study that teaches monkeys how to smoke and drink hard drugs like heroin, meth, PCP, and cocaine - then studies how the monkeys' drug consumption varies during different phases of their menstrual cycles.