Saving the world through beaurocracy

You know, of course, that “dihydrogen monoxide” is water, right?

From Guardian Unlimited

Wednesday March 24, 2004

The city councillors of Aliso Viejo in Orange County, California, are well-meaning, socially responsible people. And when they came across the huge threat posed to their constituents by dihydrogen monoxide they did what any elected official should do: they took steps to protect their community. A motion due to go before the city legislature proposed banning the potentially deadly substance from within the city boundaries.

Researchers found that the presence of dihydrogen monoxide in Aliso Viejo had reached startling levels: it was present in its crude form, often spilling unmonitored on to the city streets; it was found to be a crucial ingredient in many common chemical compounds; its presence was even detected in that most ubiquitous of civilised artifacts, the styrofoam cup.

And it got worse: dihydrogen monoxide is lethal if inhaled, causes severe burns in its gaseous state, and is the major component in acid rain. Prolonged exposure to solid dihydrogen monoxide can cause severe tissue damage. It can, said the city council report, “threaten human safety and health”.

One thought on “Saving the world through beaurocracy

  1. Check out http://www.dhmo.org.

    I think this was the site that prompted this whole deal. Apparently it was set up by a student back in 1997 as an experiment in the gullibility of his classmates.

    ps: you did know that gullible isn’t in the dictionary, right? 🙂

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