Well, those crazy kids over at the National Institutes of Health are at it again.

They want to encourage people to take an online survey about their understanding of “biomedical HIV prevention research,” so they’re mailing out two $1 dollar bills to thousands of Americans.  This is costing us, the taxpayers, $336,666 annually and the project will expire in 2013.

The survey actually only wants responses from blacks and Hispanics and all others get bounced from the survey on the fourth question.  Besides sending money through the mail, which the U.S. Postal Service warns against, the NIH is sending the money to random people – not the targeted respondents it wants.

So, the question is how many people will throw out the envelope as junk mail and how many will actually participate in the 20 to 30-minute survey?