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10 WORST IDEAS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE


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8. Flood Borneo with chemicals to kill mosquitoes!
In the 1960s, the World Health Organization tried to solve that country’s mosquito problem with massive amounts of DDT. The cockroaches ate the DDT, but survived. Lizards at the cockroaches and were eaten by cats. The cats died, leading to an explosion in the rat population.

After millions of rats drove people from their homes, the U.S. finally came to the rescue – parachuting hundreds of cats into the country. They killed the rats and brought everything back to normal.

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9. Cut Florida in half!
Some Congressman wanted to dig a canal across the state in the mid-1980s to provide a shipping lane between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, it would have cut off most of the fresh water flowing into the Everglades, turning the swamp into a desert.

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10. Pump toxic waste into unused oil wells!
Here’s a terrible program that’s still active in some states. In certain cases, the poisonous waste seeps into porous rock at the bottom of the well and makes its way back into our drinking water.

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