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Has anyone else heard about dhmo dot org? Any opinions?

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Okay, I had someone email this link to me. Has anyone else heard about it? Any opinions? http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html
R

I always laugh when I see this. Sorry, not at you mom, it is just funny to me that this is still out there.
(DHMO is Just another name for Water)

All dihydrogen monoxide pranks share two things in common: (1) they are generally based in fact, and (2) they neglect to mention that ?dihydrogen monoxide? is just another name for water.

(Think about it. ?Dihydrogen? indicates two hydrogen atoms, or ?H2.? ?Monoxide? refers to a single oxygen atom, or ?O.? Put them together, and you get H2O.)

If you reread the above spoof, you?ll see that the information is generally factual. For instance, dihydrogen monoxide is a real chemical compound, also known as water. Under very extreme conditions, water can cause drowning, hypothermia and other dangers. And water is used in the manufacture of polystyrene. But using water in the manufacturing process does not pose a health risk to consumers. (Now that you?re in on the prank, this should be fairly obvious.)

So, how did the particular myth about the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide in polystyrene get started? In March 2004, someone came across a dihydrogen monoxide hoax on the Internet, and without first verifying the information with an authoritative source, incorporated the bit about polystyrene into a proposed city council ordinance. Fortunately, the facts came to light and the proposal was withdrawn.

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K

Just as a side note about this page.

Everything on the page of facts actually is true. They just twist and contort it to make it sound like it is a bad thing when it really isn't it.

like this one

Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.

They are talking solid DHMO which is ice, and how it can cause severe tissue damage due to long exposure.

or

used by elite athletes to improve performance

The page seems kinda silly now doesn't it?

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K

You two obviously don't get it. LOL This is a joke poking fun at things with long sounding names that are really harmless.


Put your thinking caps on. What is di-hydrogen mono-oxide? That would be with 2 H molecules and 1 O molecule.

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S

Well, I feel stupid. In my defence it has been 7 years since I was in college chemistry and I have 2 small children- both boys (which studies have shown will lower your IQ significantly) I'm just glad I didn't reply to the email. lololol.

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N

Yeah - I'm not sure that I buy it. If you look at the research studies, they are from like 1986. If they were done by a credible institution, they would have done further testing. I'm curious to see what others say.

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S

I am sending this on for sure. I'm just glad I wasn't the only one. Thanks - At least I know I'm not the only one with a "mommy brain" this morning. I think I'll take that coffee now.

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N

LOL! That is hilarious! It's ok I didn't get it either - I just scanned it! Lol - Now I will forward this to someone else so I feel less retarded :)

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R

Don't feel bad, you are not the first one to get pranked with this.

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R

Sorry sid, I couldn't let them suffer lol

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R

Http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4534017/

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