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:
1. it can 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 patients

He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical
dihydrogen monoxide. Forty-three said yes, six were undecided,
and only one knew that the chemical is more commonly
called "water." The title of his prize winning project was,
"How Gullible Are We?" The conclusion is