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California Aliso Viejo 2004

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#1 Rov Judicata

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 01:41 PM

http://www.sacbee.co...p-9447551c.html

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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) - City officials were so concerned about the potentially dangerous properties of dihydrogen monoxide that they considered banning foam cups after they learned the chemical was used in their production.

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 01:45 PM

!!!!!!! ??????? This sounds like the joke I told my science teacher when I wanted a drink of water.  "May I go get some Dyhydrogen Monoxide?"

Then they would say "NO, thats poisonous!"

I think people here Monoxide and freak out.

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 01:53 PM

Darn!, Dixie lost out on a major contract. :o
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Posted 14 March 2004 - 02:05 PM

Wow. Just, wow.

A geeky contact of mine recently sent me a joke e-mail campaign about the banning of dihydrogen monoxide...perhaps these city officials got the same thing in their inbox.... :D

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 02:40 PM

The original story about this is about a 14-year-old who wrote up a petition for a science fair project about gullibility - he asked 50 people to sign it, 43 did, 6 declined, and 1 realized exactly what he was talking about.

http://www.snopes.com/toxins/dhmo.htm

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 03:17 PM

It's true! This deadly chemical is everywhere!
This website gives all the details:

http://www.dhmo.org/

Act now before it's too late! :eek2:
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#7 Peridot

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 04:18 PM

Well, it's been awhile since high school chemistry.....so I almost called upstairs to ask Anakam just what dihydrogen monoxide is.  Then I counted the atoms.... :rolleyes:

Interesting topic for a science report, BTW.  I am reminded vaguely of something I read once years ago:  someone did some kind of a poll on the Bill of Rights, and not only did most people not recognize it, many thought the ideas it contained were...errr.....un-American, IIRC.  :wacko:

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#8 DWF

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 04:39 PM

^^^Welcome back Peridot! :cool:
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Posted 14 March 2004 - 05:09 PM

^  ^

Thanks, DWF.  I've got a thread up on the Beach, too.

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 10:23 PM

:wacko: Only in ALISO VIEJO, CALIF. folks! The rest of us appreciate water...  :lol:
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#11 Zanthra

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 10:56 PM

I like the site that links off of the www.dhmo.org site, about the benifets of the chemical.  I LOVE how they dont tell anyone the most common name for it, so people keep thinking that it is some strange chemical that they have never heard of, even if they do tell them it is beneficial.  Still are 90% of the people on this planet really that dumb???

Edited by Zanthra, 14 March 2004 - 10:57 PM.


#12 JadziaDax

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 11:56 PM

Zanthra, on Mar 14 2004, 09:54 PM, said:

Still are 90% of the people on this planet really that dumb???
Yes.

Did you really need to ask that? :p ;) :D
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#13 Anakam

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 12:38 AM

*rolls on the floor, giggling hysterically*  :lol: :D

Hehehe... I haven't been fooled by this since it came up in Science Olympiad in high school.  Maybe such experiences should be mandatory? :angel:
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#14 Delvo

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Posted 15 March 2004 - 12:47 AM

Almost exactly the same thing was being said to have happened to a town in Colorado when I was in high school (1990-1994). I wonder if this is just one of those "urban legends" that just occasionally gets revamped with new names and more recent dates.

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Posted 16 March 2004 - 04:34 PM

Personally, I think the stuff should be outlawed ... at least until it is made safe with the addition of copious amounts of caffiene, sugar, and either carbonation or milk.  What kind of a nut drinks that stuff raw?  ;)
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