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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dangerous Chemical!

image According to a report high school student recently won first prize at a local Science Fair

He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment.

His project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide."

He had done his homework well researching the facts about this particular chemical. I wanted to know more myself so I Googled it and the first link I got gave me a wealth of information.



So for plenty of good reasons the student, sought support based on the following facts:

dihydrogen monoxide

  1. Can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
  2. is a major component in acid rain
  3. can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
  4. accidental inhalation can kill you
  5. contributes to erosion
  6. decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
  7. has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients
He asked 50 people if they supported a ban in the chemical.
  • Forty-three (43) said yes,
  • six (6) were undecided,
  • and only one (1) said no.

In fact the one person who said no actually knew the chemical was water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide

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

At first when Trish sent me this I didn’t believe this story si I checked it on http://www.snopes.com/science/dhmo.asp and found it to be true. I should know here better as she does her homework well too, even with authenticating her jokes.

Take a look at the Snopes full text. It is a great read and indeed does shows even more-so just how gullible we can be!!!