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Dihydrogen Monoxide - the hidden killer

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:09 am
by BWV 1080
A very informative website:

The Truth about DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE
Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is perhaps the single most prevalent of all chemicals that can be dangerous to human life. Despite this truth, most people are not unduly concerned about the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide. Governments, civic leaders, corporations, military organizations, and citizens in every walk of life seem to either be ignorant of or shrug off the truth about Dihydrogen Monoxide as not being applicable to them. This concerns us.
Spreading the Truth about Dihydrogen Monoxide
In 1997, the Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division was formed and went online spreading the truth about DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE. As word has spread, so too has the public awareness of Dihydrogen Monoxide and its implications involving the Internet and accessibility of such information. To that end, the DMRD's web site at DHMO.org continues to provide the most comprehensive collection of Dihydrogen Monoxide information available anywhere.
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...DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE - THE INVISIBLE KILLER!
Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year.
What are the dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide?
Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.

http://www.dhmo.org/truth/Dihydrogen-Monoxide.html

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:31 am
by jbuck919
I have also read that as a preciptate it is often accompanied by potentially deadly electrical discharges.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:35 am
by BWV 1080
Yes and Houston in the early summer has one of the largest concentrations of vaporized DHMO - up to 90%. Most here in the city have centralized air-treatment systems to reduce the amount of DMHO indoors.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:02 pm
by Ralph
Dihydrogen monoxide hoax
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Dihydrogen monoxide)


Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is an obscure name for water used in variations of a common hoax that illustrates how ignorance of science and one-sided analysis can lead to misplaced fears among environmental activists and others.

The joke involves listing strictly negative effects of water, such as erosion or death by drowning, attributing them to "dihydrogen monoxide," and then asking individuals to help control the seemingly dangerous substance.

The hoax was apparently created by Eric Lechner and Lars Norpchen in 1990, revised by Craig Jackson in 1994, and was brought to widespread public attention in 1997, when Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student, gathered petitions to ban "DHMO" as the basis of his science project, titled "How Gullible Are We?"

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:13 pm
by Corlyss_D
I try to avoid the stuff by consuming vast quantities of Pepsi.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:14 pm
by Corlyss_D
Ralph, don't kill the fun. Delete your post.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:25 pm
by jbuck919
Ralph wrote: Dihydrogen monoxide hoax

Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is an obscure name for water
Thanks Ralph. I imagine not a single poster here knew that.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:39 pm
by Corlyss_D
jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote: Dihydrogen monoxide hoax

Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is an obscure name for water
Thanks Ralph. I imagine not a single poster here knew that.
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Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:52 pm
by Ralph
But I did. :)

Now if a thread had the title: "Doctors Warn of Overexposure to AC Music..."

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:44 pm
by jbuck919
Ralph wrote:But I did. :)

Now if a thread had the title: "Doctors Warn of Overexposure to AC Music..."
I think Ralph means he killed the thread.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:52 pm
by Ralph
jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:But I did. :)

Now if a thread had the title: "Doctors Warn of Overexposure to AC Music..."
I think Ralph means he killed the thread.
*****

I admit to being somewhat impatient with urban hoaxes.

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:16 pm
by BWV 1080
Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:But I did. :)

Now if a thread had the title: "Doctors Warn of Overexposure to AC Music..."
I think Ralph means he killed the thread.
*****

I admit to being somewhat impatient with urban hoaxes.
I do not think Ralph would have posted his Wikipedia rebuttal had he figured out the joke and not gone and Googled Dihydrogen Monoxide to check on the post :)

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:37 pm
by Ralph
BWV 1080 wrote:
Ralph wrote:
jbuck919 wrote:
Ralph wrote:But I did. :)

Now if a thread had the title: "Doctors Warn of Overexposure to AC Music..."
I think Ralph means he killed the thread.
*****

I admit to being somewhat impatient with urban hoaxes.
I do not think Ralph would have posted his Wikipedia rebuttal had he figured out the joke and not gone and Googled Dihydrogen Monoxide to check on the post :)
*****

Wrong. This one has appeared in my e-mail inbox at least three times in the past year, once from a former student working in a top law firm.