Politics & Media
Dec 09, 2008, 05:27AM

Five Governmental Programs That Backfired Horrifically

Including, yes, the Enlarged Homestead Act of 1909: "Just like that great movie that gets a shitty sequel, the government came out... and turned a huge chunk of the country into a living hell."

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Take the above, imagine it happening for ten straight years, and you have the screaming horror that came to be known as the Dust Bowl.Think we're exaggerating? Consider the side effects. For one, the drought led to an explosion in centipede, black widow, and tarantula populations. This was at a time when homes on the prairie were basically wood shacks. Shacks with gaps in the wall. Gaps that fucking tarantulas could fit through. Lots of them.






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