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 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 cause excessive sweating and vomiting;
  • it is a major component in acid rain;
  • it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state;
  • accidental inhalation can kill you;
  • it contributes to erosion;
  • it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes;
  • 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?"

    The conclusion is obvious.


    Actual Stories (yeah, right!):

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    Gullibility Virus (a must read for many)

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    Resources/The Truth - (there's help out there; SEEK IT.)

    Thirteen Things Every Net User Should Know (must read)

    Email Netiquette (a must read for all beginners)

    Computer Virus Myths home page (a great source for more info)

    MAKE.MONEY.FAST (a good warnings)

    Rumor on USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series Discontinuing is Untrue


    Symantec Virus HOAX Database