What Do You Think?

question.gifOk, this one may be an urban legend but I thought it was interesting. In fact, I think the probability that it an urban legend is extremely high. However it is still interesting.

In 1997. at student from Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair. 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.” Reasons listed for banning this substance include

  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

50 people were asked if they would support a ban of the chemical dihydrogen monoxide. Forty-three supported the ban, six were undecided and one knew that this dangerous chemical was actually water.

Don’t know if it actually happened or not but it is an interesting premise about the gullibity of people. It does seem that some people will believe anything that sounds scientific or from a reliable source. Of course, since I found this on the internet it probable didn’t actually happen.

So what do you think? Is it possible this could actually have happened.