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Old 09-17-2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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Food For Thought

I wasn't really sure where to put this. It is much more than a wtf..more like food for thought.

H2O: Dangerous Chemical!

A student 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 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.
  • Forty-three (43) said yes,
  • six (6) were undecided,
  • and only one (1) knew that the chemical was water.
The title of his prize winning project was, "How Gullible Are We?" He feels the conclusion is obvious.
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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What was #1?
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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It comes in 3 forms... slippery, hot, and stiff
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:23 AM   #4
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What? Slippery? Stiff?
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Old 09-18-2010, 02:38 AM   #5
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What was in # 1 ?
1. It comes in 3 forms... slippery, hot, and stiff
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Old 09-18-2010, 03:24 AM   #6
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But that is incorrect. It comes in way more than 3 forms and slippery ain't one of them.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:13 AM   #7
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Well, if you have good shoes, it isn't.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:21 AM   #8
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wtf....There were only 7 listed.

http://www.math.psu.edu/tseng/H2Ojoke.html

They called their own test * junk science* In this case it was an unknown name for water. *dihydrogen monoxide* The point of the test was to prove people can be conditioned to believe anything is dangerous using junk science.

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Old 09-18-2010, 09:48 AM   #9
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Seen this before...

Snopes

The 50 people were 9th graders.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:51 AM   #10
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Yes,
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:01 AM   #11
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Businesses are available which admix this substance with
monohydroxyethane and multiple citric quintessences,
but such services are sometimes relatively expensive.
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Old 09-18-2010, 10:19 AM   #12
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mmm 7up !


Labels matter?

Industry and science continually feeding the public just about any kind of garbage they want to. I just found this article. High fructose corn syrup will be renamed on food labels so the public will accept it more readily.


http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010...corn-sugar.php



Would a Heavily Subsidized, Unhealthy Substance by Any Other Name..?
As the mounting pile of evidence that high fructose corn syrup is unhealthier than ordinary table sugar continues to grow, industry executives have buckled down and decided it's time for action. Honoring a longstanding American tradition, HFCS industry representatives have responded to that sprawling body of scientific research by doing what they do best -- launching a re-branding campaign. "High fructose corn syrup" may have (rightfully) acquired something of a stigma. But perhaps the public will forget all about the health ills associated with the stuff when it's called by its benign new name: "Corn Sugar".

HFCS sales are at a 20-year low. More and more, science is indicating that the body metabolizes HFCS differently from table sugar in a way that increases the risk of diabetes, liver disease, and obesity. (Yes, we consume too many sweeteners of all kinds, but as I wrote in this recent post, there is evidence that this industrially extracted combination of fructose and glucose has more health consequences than the ones that humans have been consuming for for longer.) As the Corn Refiners president observed sadly, HFCS of late "has been highly disparaged and highly misunderstood." aww

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Old 09-18-2010, 11:22 AM   #13
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Pssst, skysidhe... The Cellar knows.
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Old 09-18-2010, 12:24 PM   #14
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I don't usually check for duplicate posts. me bad, bad, bad
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:44 PM   #15
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Not as shocking as Radioactive Superconductors, but then again, isn't the Cellar just a "LIAR'S CLUB" ???

(see: starting at post #24 in the linked thread)
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