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Thursday: The Threat of DHMO

I ran across this in my ponderings:

Did you know how dangerous DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide) is?

Dihydrogen monoxide:

  • is called “hydroxyl acid“, the substance 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.

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.

The above was part of a hoax put together by a 14 year old in 1997. The substance he is describing? Water. I think he left out that it is lethal when inhaled. Well, I want a superfund commission to study it. I won’t have any of that stuff in MY backyard.

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