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The 14-Year-Old Who Convinced People to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

In the spring of 1997, a 14-year-old’s school science fair project made a convincing argument to ban a dangerous chemical compound: dihydrogen monoxide, known as DHMO ... Thousands of people in the U. ... read more

Excuse me, sirs, but — Is there a glitch in Democracy?

Democracy is the decision-taking method in which a group of people call on to a vote ... you must be like that Zohner fourteen-year-old kid who convinced forty-three out of fifty students to ban Dihyd... read more

America’s Realizing It Might Not Want to Eat Muscle-Enhanced Pork

Consider the dihydrogen monoxide hoax, wherein people have been convinced to sign petitions to ban tap water when told of its chemical name and properties. In short, farmers are afraid—and rightly so— ... read more

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Google-Topeka Trick Joins Historic April Fools' Hoaxes

Versions of the email continue to circulate, and several Web sites, including that of the Coalition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide ... people consider the crop formations to be the greatest works of moder... read more


What Do We Really Know?

For example, several years ago a high school student reported the dangers of the chemical substance known as dihydrogen monoxide. This substance, found in most cancerous tumors, is very frequently fou... read more

Geo-engineering to save planet

Given the right choice of words it is possible to convince ... ban “dihydrogen monoxide” (also known as water) claiming that it is “found in lakes and rivers, it remains on fruits and vegetables after ... read more

People happily sign petition to ban water

Here's a YouTube clip of a Penn and Teller stunt in which people were convinced to sign a petition to ban "dihydrogen monoxide," also known as water. When I was a Wired editor back in the 1990's, anot... read more

It works every time, doesn't it?

Of course, dihydrogen monoxide is water, but people were so freaked that Lee County Utilities had to make a statement saying that their water is safe to drink. I suppose that this is a grade school le... read more

Is It Safe Yet to Have an Honest Conversation About Secondhand Smoke and Lung Cancer?

"We don’t want people to conclude that passive smoking has no effect on ... cardiovascular disease—but only borderline increased risk of lung cancer," said Patel. "The strongest reason to avoid passiv... read more

Prominent Biotech Booster: Time to Label GMOs

His argument echoes that made by Ramez Raam at Collide-a-Scape earlier in the year, who wrote: With labelling the antis have discovered a clever wedge issue that levers ordinary people – who don’t nec... read more

A tiny life lost to whooping cough

Whooping cough is a rather mild-sounding name for a disease that can kill a baby before it’s even diagnosed. Ten infants in California have died since the first of the year in an outbreak of whooping ... read more

Think For Yourself

“dihydrogen monoxide” is just a different way of saying “H2O.” This hoax came to public attention, however, when a high school student convinced 43 out of his 50 classmates to sign a petition to ban t... read more



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