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Old January 29th, 2006, 08:27 PM
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Default Where has society gone?

A freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High won
first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science
Fair on January 26. He was attempting to show
how conditioned we have become to the
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 it can:

1. cause excessive sweating and vomiting
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 tumors of terminal cancer

He asked 150 people if they supported a ban of
the chemical.

One hundred forty-three said yes, six were undecided,
and only one knew that the chemical was , , , ,

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

Well the conclusion is obvious.

"Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero"


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Old January 29th, 2006, 08:47 PM
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My son's physics teacher had given him a flier about dihydrogen monoxide at the beginning of the school year and we had a good laugh about it.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 06:50 AM
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Apparantly ignorance is bliss.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 11:33 AM
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good one.
Marc --Please post the "common name" just to see the response. I don't want to steal your thunder.
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