the dud kernel that won't pop

What if the gov’t gave Apple $300 for each iPod they manufactured. They would make one billion iPods a month. What would happen next? They would sell them to other companies for $20 each, who would dissassemble them and make new consumer electronics out of the scavenged iPod parts. You would have telephones with scroll wheels and pink medicine cabinets made from Nano shells. The Sharper Image would sell The iPod Wall. This is a grid of 1,200 iPod screens coordinated to look like one massive iPod and costs a hundred dollars.

Replace iPods with corn kernels and you have the model for our federal food program.
Jakob Lodwick on the U.S. farm subsidies (read the whole thing) via Macro via OwenJ23
There should be a word for the dud kernels that won't pop. Someone should neologize that.