21 January 2014

Dihydrogen monoxide explained

From the Dihydrogen Monoxide FAQ:

What is Dihydrogen Monoxide?

Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol...

What are some of the dangers associated with DHMO?

Each year, Dihydrogen Monoxide is a known causative component in many thousands of deaths and is a major contributor to millions upon millions of dollars in damage to property and the environment. Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:
  • Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
  • Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
  • Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
  • DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
  • Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
  • Contributes to soil erosion.
  • Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
More information at the link.


  1. I like your abridged version. It makes the point quicker and I thought was funnier for it.

    That said the Al Qaeda link in the original was pretty good.

    Well done.

  2. If the dihydrogen monoxide is yellow, don't drink it.

  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_Monoxide

  4. OMG! Chemicals!!! Tangentially related "ingredients" of organic food. Exempli Gratia : Banana.

  5. I don't care what you say! I drink lots of dihydrogen monoxide, bathe in it, use it in cooking and clean up, and even offer it to my beloved grandchildren and granddogs.

  6. Clearly a contributor to the demise of the trifidae wyndhamas. The regulators must be blind.

  7. A science teacher of mine in junior high brought this up as a lesson in critical thinking. Only one of my classmates got it.


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