Dihydrogen Monoxide Facts

Dihydrogen Monoxide Facts
Dihydrogen monoxide is another name for water. At some point in the 1989/1990 school year at the University of California in Santa Cruz, several students started a warning as part of a hoax, passing out fliers that gave information about the dangers of the substance. Dihydrogen monoxide is also referred to as DHMO. Dihydrogen monoxide literally means 'two hydrogen, one oxygen' which is the chemical formula of H2O, or water. The hoax continued when an online website was established to ban dihydrogen monoxide and when a 14 year old student started a petition to ban DHMO as part of a 'How Gullible Are We?' science project. The facts about dihydrogen monoxide (WATER) include:
Interesting Dihydrogen Monoxide Facts:
Dihydrogen monoxide can cause a bloated feeling, nausea, and vomiting if too much is ingested.
Too much dihydrogen monoxide can lead to an electrolyte imbalance in the body.
A lack of dihydrogen monoxide can lead to dehydration and eventually death if not reintroduced into the body.
Dihydrogen monoxide can accelerate the speed of rusting and corrosion on many objects made of metal.
Heated dihydrogen monoxide can lead to severe burns.
Dihydrogen monoxide can lead to the erosion of many natural landscapes.
Dihydrogen monoxide is becoming a valuable commodity as fears of shortages become more common.
Dihydrogen monoxide is used as a fire retardant.
Produce that is washed is still contaminated by dihydrogen monoxide.
Dihydrogen monoxide can be deadly if inhaled into the lungs, or if a person is submersed for a long enough period of time.
The first dihydrogen monoxide hoax took place in 1983 as part of a newspaper hoax on April Fool's Day in Durand, Michigan.
In 1998 a member of the Australian government set an April Fool's prank in motion when he announced that he was going to start a campaign to ban the substance DHMO internationally.
In 2001 a Green Party member's office in New Zealand was fooled by the DHMO scare, and announced that they would support the campaign to ban the toxic substance. The National Party released a press release criticizing the Green Party but didn't mention they had also fallen for the same hoax six years prior.
In 2013 another April Fool's Day prank by two radio hosts in Lee County, Florida, alerted residents that dihydrogen monoxide was leaking from their taps. The two radio hosts were suspended for a few days. The local utility company had to issue a statement to reassure customers that their water was in fact safe to drink.
Many science education programs have used the dihydrogen monoxide hoax to help encourage people to use critical thinking and as a basis for discussion in regards to the scientific method.
The warnings about dihydrogen monoxide are true, but they are worded in such a way that it insights fear into those that do not realize they are reading warnings about water.
Statements such as 'dihydrogen monoxide, also known as hydroxyl acid, is the main portion of acid rain', and 'may cause electrical failures', and 'may cause decreased brake effectiveness' are all true statements - about water.


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