[from the MIT humor list
(Note that one chemist at MIT pointed out that DHMO is more properly known as hydrogen hydroxide. Don't be fooled. -srw)
From: Dan Howley/HQ/3Com [Dan_Howley@3mail.3Com.COM]
Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and *kills* uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possible a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death.
* Is also known as hydric acid, and is a major component of
* contributes to the greenhouse effect.
* may cause severe burns.
* accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals
* may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
* has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Quantities of dihydrogen monoxide have been found in almost every stream, lake and reservoir in America today. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found in Antarctic ice. In the midwest alone DHMO has caused *millions* of dollars in property damage.
* as an industrial solvent and coolant.
* in nuclear power plants.
* in the production of styrofoam.
* as a fire retardant.
* in many forms of cruel animal research.
* in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
* as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.
Waste DHMO is allowed to pollute our precious lakes, rivers, streams and the ocean itself. The impact on wildlife is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!
The American government has *refused* to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical due to it's "importance to the economic health of this nation." In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with DHMO, and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during *warfare* situations. Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated underground distribution network. Many store large quantities for later use.
Act NOW to prevent further *contamination. Find out more about this
dangerous chemical. What you don't know CAN hurt you and others
throughout the world. Send email to 'email@example.com' or a SASE
Coalition to Ban DHMO
211 Pearl St.
Santa Cruz CA, 95060
Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!/ The Coalition / firstname.lastname@example.org
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