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A dire warning... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
A dire warning...
Beware Dihydrogen Monoxide! Really--it's already in almost every lake, stream, and river in the country, and it's a major component of acid rain!


I've heard of this site, but never went poking around before. On Orson Scott Card's advice in his current column, I gave it a try. Very, erm, informative. Check the press page before you take it seriously.
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greyathena From: greyathena Date: September 11th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading about a survey someone did, where they asked people whether they would vote for a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. As I recall, many many people said yes. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I trick my students with this. :)
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: September 11th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

My brother sent me a warning on that almost as soon as I had an e-mail address to send things to, many years agone. It's funny to see that people are still passing it around!
From: tree_and_leaf Date: September 11th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Terrible, isn't it, that stuff like that could be in our drinking water!

/ sarcasm It is a brilliant site.
From: mbs_bookworm Date: September 11th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
That one's rather old, you know...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 11th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah, I heard about it years ago--and I think before the website went up. But this was the first time I trolled around the website, which is great parody.
gehayi From: gehayi Date: September 11th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard that before, but yes, it's brilliant!
inkpenpaper From: inkpenpaper Date: September 11th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
My year 11 Chemistry teacher made us go onto that site in order to teach us... I'm not sure what exactly. Anyway, I completely ruined it for half the class, because when I got my sheet (even before logging on), I said: "Dihydrogen Monoxide... H2O... what, water?"

That's how much of a nerd I was (am).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 11th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, yeah. I once outraged a couple of annoying neighbor boys by accusing them of being homo sapiens. It's good to be a geek.
keestone From: keestone Date: September 11th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I shocked several people by telling them I was a thespian. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 11th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. That's always a good one!
keestone From: keestone Date: September 11th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Particularly when they really should know better. ***sighs at the state of some people involved in community theatre***
From: mbs_bookworm Date: September 12th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)


Could someone explain how someone actually involved in theater doesn't know the meaning of the word "thespian"?
keestone From: keestone Date: September 12th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
My thoughts exactly. They were young? Of course, I was younger and a friend even younger than I had decided that Calliope was her muse, but it's the only excuse other than outright illiteracy I can think of at the moment. But then, I have also been told to stop using big words when I said something was "odd" before, as well. Three letters. Count them. Not big word. People depress me sometimes.
matril From: matril Date: September 12th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
How about "your epidermis is showing"? I liked to use that one a lot as a youngster.
matril From: matril Date: September 12th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yes, that's a wonderful site. It's like a prolonged inside joke.
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: September 12th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Last April Fool's Day the leader of the Greens party in our parliament got up and gave a speech on this terrible pollutant and how it was damaging the environment. She got pretty much the entire parliament agreeing that this was very serious and clearly a bill should be sponsored to regulate it.

I guess that's the upside of being the trustworthy, perpetually honest and serious party: when you want to take people for a ride, they come willingly. *g*
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: September 12th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a good scientific joke! I only wish they hadn't done that poll, because that's a bit arrogant, I think.
bazile03 From: bazile03 Date: September 12th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I love this site. We actually used it in one of my ed classes to show that the importance of checking to see if a website is valid or not before using it.
Well that and my brother started a petition at his high school to have it banned from the school. Even got some of the teachers to sign it...then again, he's an engineering major, so...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 12th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm actually think that I might use it at work to talk about reliability of sources. It looks like a fun game to do live.
soonest_mended From: soonest_mended Date: September 12th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I did a speech on Dihydrogen Monoxide for a college course, actually, and had the whole class worked up over it. Of course, I played up the fear-and-panic aspect of it, made it sound as if the appearance of the substance was a new development, and pretty much aced my Persuasive Speech grade.

I kept waiting the whole time for someone-- and there were a few bright 'uns in my class-- to pipe up and ruin the joke. If they figured it out, they weren't saying anything.

I pretty much love Card's review column, too. I wouldn't hardly know which movies to watch if not for Uncle Orson, let alone which trash bags to buy or what sandwich shops to frequent if I ever visit his hometown. He's amazing. *sigh*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 12th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
You have to love a column that reviews stuff you actually use. My favorite was the review of toilet paper brands.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: September 12th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
My son is taking speech and debate next semester. I'll be sure to suggest that topic to him.

From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

DiHydrogen Monoxide

I honestly can't believe that people actually believe all this hype about Dihydrogen Monoxide and the fact that it is harmful, of course it is harmful, you can die while drinking it or swimming in it or stuff like that
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: September 13th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
My chemistry teacher introduced us to this, and the class voted on banning it, using it with restrictions, or letting it stay as is. I voted for restrictions.
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