A freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26, 1997. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to 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:
He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.
Forty-three (43) said yes,
six (6) were undecided
and only one (1) knew what the chemical was,
Dihydrogen monoxide is water!
The title of his prize winning project: "How Gullible Are We?"