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Dihydrogen Monoxide Hoax

Posted on: April 30, 2009

After an overwhelming response to yesterday’s post about dehydrated water, I just had to follow up with this hoax:  Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!

This hoax began back in 1989 when some UC Santa Cruz college students circulated a photocopied flyer (how quaint!) around campus warning about the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide.   Uh, for those of you who slept through first period science class, that would be “water”.

In 1994, a webpage was created by the fictitious Coalition to Ban DHMO.  This site can be viewed here courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

In 1997, a 14-year old high school student circulated a petition to ban the dangerous DHMO as part of an experiment for his high school science fair showing how people can be led to scientifically false conclusions.

All of the above events finally led to the creation of the comprehensive site in 1998.




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