Warnings About A Chemical That Is Found In Just About Everything We Consume- Humorous Social Experiment!
Summary of eRumor:
Various warnings about the dangers of a chemical called “Dihydrogen Monoxide” that can be found in just about everything we consume.
“Dihydrogen Monoxide” is the scientific term for the chemical formula of water or what is commonly known as “H2O.” The warnings come from the Dihydrongen Monoxide Research Division website. Click for web site.
The Dihydrongen Monoxide Research Division (DHMO) is the brainchild of Dr. Tom Way, a research scientist in Newark, Delaware. According to his media relations page, Way created the site in 1997 with the original intent to “blow off steam about all the devious (and sometimes just ignorant) ways the truth is bent to prove a point by some in the media, politics, sales, environmental activism, organized religion, web site authoring, etc.” What began as a fun project ended up as an educational tool on the internet to “to promote cautious consumption of information and an active skepticism about what we read, see and hear.” The web site also encourages visitors to submit their research.
On March 15, 2004, The Associated Press reported that the city of Aliso Viejo in California took this warning so seriously “that they considered banning foam cups after they learned the chemical was used in their production.”