“How Gullible Are We?” 


A freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High won 
first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science 
Fair, April 26, 00. 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 
2. it is a major component in acid rain; 
3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous 
4. accidental inhalation can kill you; 
5. it contributes to erosion; 
6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile 
7. it has been found in tumors of terminal 
cancer patients. 

The student 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 pretty obvious. 

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