The Dreaded Dihydrogen Monoxide

I saw Penn and Teller hit a bunch of Environmentalists at a rally with this one. They got many many signatures for a petition to ban this substance, which is commonly used in pesticides, nuclear energy production, plastics manufacturing, etc…

Yahoo! News – Calif. Officials Nearly Fall for H2O Hoax
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – City officials were so concerned about the potentially dangerous properties of dihydrogen monoxide that they considered banning foam cups after they learned the chemical was used in their production.

Then they learned, to their chagrin, that dihydrogen monoxide —H2O for short —is the scientific term for water.

I was exposed to dihydrogen monoxide just this morning! Who can I sue? I heard it is also used by terrorists, cigarette manufacturers, and in the making of porn. When will it stop?

I may be a science idiot, but even the first time I saw this on P&T, I was able to go di=2 hydrogen, mono=1 oxygen, H2O(1), doesn’t that mean water? How vastly superior I felt at the time. What really amazes me is that people are willing to sign petitions and legislate, just because someone said so. This is a dangerous chemical, it must be stopped! Oh, ok. No need to do research to see if they are lying. Is it really a dangerous chemical? Is it even really used in the process we are talking about?

Maybe I care too much about what I put my name on, but when I endorse something, it is because I know it is right, not because someone said, this is bad, sign.

~ by kinshay on 2004-03-16.

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  1. ummmmm right

  2. I went to see the P&T show on Thursday night: $80 a ticket, but it was worth every penny and more. The guys did a couple of really cool bits about the first and second amendments and you could tell they are both very big on firearms. The coolest part of all was at the end of the show, when they sprinted out of the auditorium so the crowd would pass them upon exiting, giving anyone who wanted to a chance to rap with them, get autographs, etc.

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