Thomas Sowell has a column today on Jewish World Review that talks about the artifical stupidity of Americans these days. He notes a story that I use often when talking about the dumbing down of American youth; the story of dihydrogenmonoxide. Anyone who has taken a high school chemistry class and can read the name, should be able to decipher that the correct notation for that chemical is H2O, more commonly referred to in the English language as Water.
I think it's pretty funny how many people, in the right setting, would believe that this chemical is dangerous and should be regulated by some government agency, before it kills us all.
The implications of not being able to decipher the name of the chemical, however, are not funny at all.