The Dumbest Products of the Decade

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Weather Modification Office

If it sounds like something straight out of Communist China (not too mention a Legion of Doom board meeting), it's because it is. The technology to control the weather has been in development since the days of Mao, but in the 2000s, Chinese efforts were stepped up. The office spent more than $100 million a year on efforts to make it rain, or in the case of the Beijing Olympics, to keep it dry via airplanes and rocket launchers. Just last month, thanks to cloud seeding, snow fell in Beijing to combat drought. The mad scientists are winning, and this just isn't right.