Overheard once upon a time at the Princeton Quadrangle Club-
Person 1: Okay, I know how you can get money. You're going to write a proposal to the Department of Defense asking them for a grant to create the technology to destroy zombies.
Person 2: Yeah, right.
Person 1: No, wait. See, they'll laugh it off, but then a week later I'll send out my own letter to the Pentagon, asking them for money to perfect some nearly-finished research to create zombies. I will also casually explain that I sent a similar letter to fourteen other major governments, and that they're in a bidding war and a race against the clock. They'll panic and send you your money immediately.
Person 3: Do you think you can get a grant to make the Philosopher's Stone? Or a shrinking ray?
Person 1: What's wrong with zombies?
Person 3: They're just messy.