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The 10 Most Ridiculous Business Expenses of 2014 (Infographic) Cher concert tickets count, right, boss?

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Food. Lodging. Gas. These are normal -- and normally approved -- business expenses. Not Cher concert tickets, Christmas tree pajama bottoms and -- wait for it, boss -- sleeping pills.

Or are they? Well, to some brazen (or really clueless) employees they were, according to Certify's 2014 T&E Expense Trends survey. The expense-management software company recently polled 60,000 business travelers about their business excursion spending over the last year and, boy, did some winners crop up in the bunch. The best part? Certify put their most bizarre findings together in an entertaining infographic for your viewing pleasure.

Related: 5 Simple Steps to Prevent Expense Fraud

Some of the most outlandish expenses divulged in the poll include a $25 mattress pad (for what, pray tell?), a $500 claim for hail damage to a car and a nearly $5,000 hyperbaric oxygen chamber (that probably left some poor accountant breathless). You know, all run of the mill biz expenses, right?

The real kicker here is that all of them were approved.

Related: 5 Secrets to Managing Your Business While Traveling

Worse than the ridiculous expenses themselves are the lame excuses people put forward for making them. One worker expensed $100 blown on "beers." Why? "Liquid to maintain life in the tropics." Completely understandable. Another purchased a hat because "Everyone else was getting one." Watch out, boss. Don't be surprised if an employee asks you to pay them back for splurging on a second computer monitor for this perfectly valid reason: "I have two eyes."

For an eyeful of last year's stupidest business expenses -- and for some giggles -- check out the tattle-taling infographic below:

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The 10 Most Ridiculous Business Expenses of 2014 (Infographic)

Related: 4 Simple Steps to Keeping Every Dollar You've Earned in Your Pocket

Kim Lachance Shandrow

Former West Coast Editor

Kim Lachance Shandrow is the former West Coast editor at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was a commerce columnist at Los Angeles CityBeat, a news producer at MSNBC and KNBC in Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times. She has also written for Government Technology magazine, LA Yoga magazine, the Lowell Sun newspaper, HealthCentral.com, PsychCentral.com and the former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Coop. Follow her on Twitter at @Lashandrow. You can also follow her on Facebook here

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