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From: Jim Rollins (jrollins@daffy.sms-ct.com)
Date: Fri Sep 12 1997 - 18:11:40 EEST

How Gullible Are We?

A freshman 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 the alarmists practicing junk science and
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 throwing up
   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 patients

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

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