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Posted: Monday, April 11, 2011 6:13 pm | Updated: 3:50 pm, Wed Jan 23, 2013.

Remember the $400 hammer and the $600 toilet seat? Those Pentagon procurement follies were meant to signify the bloat inherent in the Reagan-era defense buildup — and to imply, by extension, that the Gipper’s increased spending on national defense was itself a colossal waste.

As it turned out, the stories were urban legends. The Pentagon never spent $400 for a hammer, and the toilet seat wasn’t any ordinary toilet seat. It was a molded plastic shroud specifically designed to fit the P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft — not exactly the sort of thing you can pick up at the local big-box hardware store. All told, the 54 shrouds cost the Pentagon $34,560.

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