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    BAN DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE!

    Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. 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.

    Dihydrogen monoxide:

    * is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
    * contributes to the "greenhouse effect."
    * may cause severe burns.
    * contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
    * accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
    * may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
    * has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

    Contamination is reaching epidemic proportions!

    Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the midwest, and recently California.

    Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

    * as an industrial solvent and coolant.
    * in nuclear power plants.
    * in the production of styrofoam.
    * as a fire retardant.
    * in many forms of cruel animal research.
    * in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
    * as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

    Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

    The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its "importance to the economic health of this nation." In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.
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    You're kidding right?
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  • #2
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    • #3
      Isn't this the same stuff that wiped out most of a major city down south last summer? You have to remember, it is also in your beer too!

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      • #4
        This is an old one, but a few years ago a California city came close to banning it based on this 'research paper'.

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        • #5
          Don't remember seeing this one before, but your comment made me curious enough to see what Snopes had to say about it

          http://www.snopes.com/science/dhmo.asp

          Dihydrogen Monoxide


          Claim: A junior high school student won a science fair by circulating a report about the dangers of 'dihydrogen monoxide.'

          Status: True.

          Example: [Collected via e-mail, 1997]

          BAN DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE!

          Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. 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.

          Dihydrogen monoxide:


          is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
          contributes to the "greenhouse effect."
          may cause severe burns.
          contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
          accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
          may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
          has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
          Contamination is reaching epidemic proportions!

          Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake, and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. DHMO has caused millions of dollars of property damage in the midwest, and recently California.

          Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

          as an industrial solvent and coolant.
          in nuclear power plants.
          in the production of styrofoam.
          as a fire retardant.
          in many forms of cruel animal research.
          in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
          as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

          Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and the ocean, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

          The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to its "importance to the economic health of this nation." In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.
          Origins: In 1997, Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student at Eagle Rock Junior High School in Idaho Falls, based his science fair project on a report similar to the one reproduced above. Zohner's project, titled "How Gullible Are We?", involved presenting this report about "the dangers of dihyrogen monoxide" to fifty ninth-grade students and asking them what (if anything) should be done about the chemical. Forty-three students favored banning it, six were undecided, and only one correctly recognized that 'dihydrogen monoxide' is actually H2O — plain old water. Zohner's analysis of the results he obtained won him first prize in the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair; garnered him scads of attention from newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, universities, and congresspeople; and prompted the usual round of outcries about how our ignorant citizenry doesn't read critically and can be easily misled. In other words, a tempest in a
          teapot.

          Zohner's project wasn't original: spoof petitions about dihydrogen monoxide and other innocuous "dangers" have been circulating for years, and Zohner based his project on a bogus report that was already making the rounds of the Internet. Moreover, Zohner's target audience was ninth-graders, a group highly susceptible to allowing peer pressure to overwhelm critical thinking. Thrust any piece of paper at the average high school student with a suggestion about what the "correct" response to it should be, and peer pressure pretty much assures you'll get the answer you're looking for. Someone that age isn't very likely to read a friend's petition calling for the banning of whale hunting and critically evaluate the socio-economic and environmental impact of such a regulation. Instead, he's probably going to say to himself, "This issue is obviously important to my friend, and he must have some good reasons for circulating the petition, so I'll sign it."

          That said, this example does aptly demonstrate the kind of fallacious reasoning that's thrust at us every day under the guise of "important information": how with a little effort, even the most innocuous of substances can be made to sound like a dangerous threat to human life. The next time you receive an ominous message such as the one warning you that sodium lauryl sulfate (a common foaming ingredient used in shampoos) causes cancer, with the "proof" being that this caustic chemical is also used to scrub garage floors, keep in mind that the very same thing could be said of another ubiquitous cleaning agent ... dihydrogen monoxide.

          In March 2004 the California municipality of Aliso Viejo (a suburb in Orange County) came within a cat's whisker of falling for this hoax after a paralegal there convinced city officials of the danger posed by this chemical. The leg-pull got so far as a vote's having been scheduled for the City Council on a proposed law that would have banned the use of foam containers at city-sponsored events because (among other things) they were made with DHMO, a substance that could "threaten human health and safety."

          Last updated: 31 Dectember 2005
          September 11th - Never Forget

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          Sheri
          IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
          Honorary Flatlander

          RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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          • #6
            Hahaha. Go search DHMO and read the thread I started... I pulled this a few months ago.
            Originally posted by ThNozzleMan
            Why? Because we are firemen. We are decent human beings. We would be compelled by the overwhelming impulse to save an innocent child from a tragic, painful death because in the end, we are MEN.

            I A C O J
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            • #7
              Snopes is where I got it from. I remember my high school chemistry teacher telling me a similar story years ago. This just reminded me. Thought it'd be good for a laugh.
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              • #8
                the scary part is, many people in the US would start a petition to ban this substance from their towns!!!
                If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

                FF/EMT/DBP

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DrParasite
                  the scary part is, many people in the US would start a petition to ban this substance from their towns!!!
                  Yup.

                  We're changing the slogan, from "America: Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave" to "America: Where Common Sense, isn't Common".
                  My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

                  IACOJ--West Coast PITA

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by the1141man
                    Yup.

                    We're changing the slogan, from "America: Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave" to "America: Where Common Sense, isn't Common".
                    Well,on a repeat of "The Man Show"they set up a booth and were collecting signatures to "End Women's Suffrage".They only showed a few people and a guy ruined it for them by announcing what it was about but they had numerous women signing their names to repeal the 19th Amendment without realizing what it was.

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                    • #11
                      thanks guys!!! last night at the meeting we decided to vote on whether or not to ban it from our department!!!

                      sad thing is, if i DID bring that report to a meeting, i can guarentee you our town would be screwed right now .

                      EDITED TO ADD: and three people voted on the poll to ban it???
                      First in, Last out, nobody left behind.....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by needlejockey
                        BAN DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE!

                        Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. .
                        Our station was out in the sticks when it was first built, and consequently we have well water instead of city water, and I can assure you it is anything but odorless and tasteless, LOL

                        (P.S. for those who don't get my post, down in my part of Georgia water from wells tends to have a high sulfer content, resulting in a "rotten egg" smell...but it won't hurt you. We drink bottles water anyway though, LOL )

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by res54cuecaptain
                          thanks guys!!! last night at the meeting we decided to vote on whether or not to ban it from our department!!!

                          sad thing is, if i DID bring that report to a meeting, i can guarentee you our town would be screwed right now .

                          EDITED TO ADD: and three people voted on the poll to ban it???
                          Yeah I'm actually wondering about those three people. Though I must admit the article does paint it in a bad way. Without some chemical knowledge it would be easy to not know what DHMO is.
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