X-Message-Number: 19396
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2002 22:28:09 -0700
From: Olaf Henny <>
Subject: Sad Story
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A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first
prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair,
April 26. He was attempting to show how
conditioned we have become to alarmists
practicing junk science and spreading fear of
everything in our environment. In his project
he urged people to sign a petition demanding
strict control or total elimination of the
chemical "dihydrogen monoxide."

And for plenty of good reasons, since:

       1. it can cause excessive sweating and
       2. it is a major component in acid rain
       3. it can cause severe burns in its
          gaseous state
       4. accidental inhalation can kill you
       5. it contributes to erosion
       6. it decreases effectiveness of
          automobile brakes
       7. it has been found in tumours of
          terminal cancer patients

He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of
the chemical.

        Forty-three (43) said yes,
        six (6) were undecided,
        and only one (1) knew that the chemical
        was water (H2O).

The title of his prize winning project was,
"How Gullible Are We?"

He feels the conclusion is obvious.

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