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Boondoggle

A large, expensive project of no particular use. It especially refers to squandering government or corporate money. The term refers to perceived wasteful recreational activities provided to the unemployed during the New Deal in the United States.
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Boondogs have become a well known and popular fixture on the regional music scene since they first started playing together as a group in 1996 while in graduate school, although three of them had first met up some ten years earlier while playing with local bands in Shreveport, La.
Fifty songs then advanced to a final virtual battle of the bands, from which boondogs emerged as the winning group.
Once final contractual details are completed, plans are for boondogs to enter the recording studio early next year and release a record in the fall.