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City Officials Almost Ban Foam Cups

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the now-thats-just-funny dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 1055

localhost00 writes "The city of Aliso Viejo, CA nearly banned foam cups when they learned they are produced from a substance known as 'dihydrogen monoxide.' A paralegal working for the city apparantly found a professionally designed web site put up to describe the dangerous properties of this chemical. Apparantly, the report about Dihydrogen Monoxide was written by a then 14-year-old Nathan Zohner who was researching the gullibility of fifty ninth graders."

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Come on CA (3, Funny)

nberardi (199555) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577831)

Tricked by a 14 year old, what is the government in CA comming too.

Re:Come on CA (5, Insightful)

jtwJGuevara (749094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577879)

Apparantly, the report about Dihydrogen Monoxide was written by a then 14-year-old Nathan Zohner who was researching the gullibility of fifty ninth graders.

Nice, law making officials have been put on the same level of discerning information as a class of high school freshman. This gives me great confidence in our legaslative bodies.

Re:Come on CA (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577896)

Dude, it's California. The black-sheep state. The state full of fags, movie stars, and other rich wankers. The state that mandates my car must produce 7bhp less than stock so it can meet emissions. The state that has a lot of products "known to cause birth defects" (read the back of a tube of glue or model paint sometime). I could go on but I have to go hang myself now.

Re:Come on CA (3, Funny)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577917)

well hey dont yell at us!!! I mean really who would want to live in a state that has mudslides, Earthquakes, and fires ON A GOOD YEAR

Re:Come on CA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577899)

"cleaning house"
-Governator

They SHOULD ban styrofoam (5, Informative)

percepto (652270) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577911)

That stuff is nasty. Not only is it made from petroleum (America's crack), but it doesn't biodegrade and may leach toxins into the food it holds. Also, if it burns, it releases toxic particulates into the air.

Re:They SHOULD ban styrofoam (5, Funny)

Lord_Frederick (642312) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577984)

Yes, but it keeps my coffee so toasty warm!

Re:They SHOULD ban styrofoam (3, Insightful)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578014)

I have a classy inox cup that does the same thing, and that is reusable. We do depend on styrofoam too much.

Re:Come on CA (5, Funny)

mattlary (595947) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577928)

From the state who wants to ban the use of "Master" and "Slave" in hard drive designations... God I hate California

Please allow me (0)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577835)

Let me be the first to say

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

But seriously, they shouldn't name that stuff so dangerously. I can understand the confusion.

Some research should have been done.

Fun though, this made my day :D

Re:Please allow me (4, Insightful)

NemosomeN (670035) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577889)

But seriously, they shouldn't name that stuff so dangerously. I can understand the confusion. Erm, that's a standard naming convention for molecules. (IUPEC Naming maybe? Can't remember.)

PATHETIC (0, Insightful)

psichaotic (761447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577836)

this is simply amazing.

I for one, Welcome (-1, Funny)

ChinaJoe (259673) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577838)

Our new DiHydrogen Monoxide Overlords.

Re:I for one, Welcome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577932)

This is what I love about Slashdot. It's like reading the unfunny links on Fark all over again posted 2 days later.

You know they forgot... (5, Funny)

Azadre (632442) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577840)

You know they forgot to put the word gullible in the dictionary right?

Re:You know they forgot... (2, Funny)

RichardX (457979) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577868)

Eh?
*looks in dictionary*
Nah, here it is, see?

And y'know, no matter how many times I say it, or how fast, I just can't figure how "banana" sounds like "gulliable"...

Re:You know they forgot... (0, Offtopic)

DaveHowe (51510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577976)

*FX* - hits author with the +5 Spikey Club of "you didn't get the joke the first time"

:)

Re:You know they forgot... (3, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577875)

It really isn't in Dictionary.com [reference.com] ..

No entry found for gullibl.

Did you mean gull ibl?
Suggestions:
gull ibl
gull-ibl
cullible
glibly

Re:You know they forgot... (5, Funny)

LO0G (606364) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577892)

My wife's 5/6 grade class couldn't believe that it was a hoax when they went to http://www.buydehydratedwater.com so they ended up ordering some :)

It's sad what people will believe.

Re:You know they forgot... (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577980)


Heh, semi-related true story.

Years back I was a starving student working at a paint store. We jugged our own 4L paint thinners from large holding tanks out back. Anyhow, I jugged a few 4L containers of tap water. Then I printed out some nice labels that said "LATEX PAINT THINNER" with the usual comments about adding slowly, stirring well, etc.

Priced them at $3.99/4L and people would actually bring the up to the cashier. We'd tell them there that it was a joke so there was no ripping off done.

Amazing...but true (1)

CptTripps (196901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577841)

This was our favorite topic at dinner last night. It's amazing what people will believe without looking up facts on their own.

Oh? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578009)

This was our favorite topic at dinner last night. It's amazing what people will believe without looking up facts on their own.

And clever you, you were probably sucking down a dangerous quantities of Hydrogen Hydroxide at the time!

Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* dangerous (5, Funny)

Jonas the Bold (701271) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577842)

Thousands of people die on beaches every year from DHM inhalation.

Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* dangerous (5, Funny)

mgs1000 (583340) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577884)

...and 100% of all people who died last year were found to have significant levels of it in their bloodstream.

(That was a great episode of Penn & Teller's show,btw)

Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* dangerous (3, Funny)

sosume (680416) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577885)

Real geeks have known for long that getting DHMO on the skin can cause serious irritations and should therefore be avoided at all costs..

Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* dangerous (1)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577891)

I know, I thought they had banned this stuff years ago. :) A friend circulated petitions in college to that effect. Not only is it dangerous, but terribly addictive - everyone who has ever consumed it develops an insaitable craving for more.

Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* dangerous (4, Interesting)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577916)

Actually, there really is something called water overdose [bbc.co.uk] and apparently it can kill you.

Brilliant, for a multiple-year-old gag (1)

Epyn (589398) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577845)

Yeah, next they'll be installing dark suckers on all the street light posts.

Wow (4, Funny)

mdarksbane (587589) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577846)

I hope no one tells them about the Pacific. We could be in serious trouble.

This stuff is nothing...l (4, Funny)

BigForbis (757364) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577847)

Dihydrogen Monoxide is nothing. It's not very dangerous. The real kill is the Hydrogen Hydroxide. Closely related but much more dangerous. We should ban it first.

Damn Right! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577898)

It is half acid and half base!

Can you imagine? It is like drinking battery acid and then eating lye soap!

Re:This stuff is nothing...l (3, Funny)

Mateito (746185) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577972)

Yeah.. get enough Hydrogen Hydroxide together and you end up with a shit load of H+ and OH- ions... effectively like burning yourself with acid then pouring bleach over the wound.

gotta love statistics (1)

dannobookem (642117) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577849)

I bet they could put together some scary numbers from statistics about drowning.

It MUST be true! (5, Funny)

pablo_max (626328) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577855)

In my experience they dont allow things on the internet that are not true. Case in point I will be getting a check from Bill Gates real soon as I have done my part and forwarded his email.

Re:It MUST be true! (5, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577993)

The beauty of this site and the others that perpetuate this is that it is 100% factual. Exposed inhalation will kill you, you'll drown. It is a critical ingredient in acid rain, it does react explosively with certain chemicals etc.

Its designed to catch people with knee jerk reactions that cant be bothered to do even a brief investigation of the facts. Its a way of showing the people that are always claiming the sky is falling for the fools that they are.

Urban legend? (-1, Redundant)

Burb (620144) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577856)

You know, I'm sure there's an urban legend along these lines somewhere. Anyone want to check www.snopes.com? Ah yes... [snopes.com]

Re:Urban legend? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577903)

It's pretty cool when you can get modded up for posting a link that was in the article write-up. ;)

Re:Urban legend? (2, Insightful)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577949)

Not only was that posted in the article above, but if you actually read the Snopes writeup you'll see that it's true.

So... urban fact.

Re:Urban legend? (0, Offtopic)

dan dan the dna man (461768) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577953)

MM nice, RTFA headline? The link is in there - nicely relinked sir! You must not be new here ;)

OT: Ruled by Stupid Fsck (0, Offtopic)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577857)

What become laws has everything to do with who's ear you got and nothing to do with facts. Ahhh the beauty of American democracy.

Re:OT: Ruled by Stupid Fsck (1)

NemosomeN (670035) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577988)

What become laws has everything to do with who's ear you got and nothing to do with facts. Ahhh the beauty of American democracy. How the hell is that offtopic? It's the whole underlying reason this article made it on slashdot... (Maybe could have been a YRO article, message: If there's a retard in your jurisdiction you're fucked.) I should also note that today, the word "if" has been changed to mean "because."

Why does this surprise me it is in California? (4, Interesting)

eljasbo (671696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577859)

Come on people. This is the state that wanted to make oreo cookies an age restrictred item, and the state that required electronic equipment not to use the master/slave nomenclature because it offended only one person. Obviously they did zero research on this before they had their knee-jerk reaction. I bet we will soon see warnings on bottled water like we do some other items... "This product is known to the state of California to cause an unknown disease.." Remind me never to live there.

more like (2, Troll)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577924)

More like "Living in California is known to cause an unknown disease." A disease of the mind.

Ummm, the state of California... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577935)

This product is known to the state of California to cause an unknown disease.

The state of California is an unknown disease.

Re:Why does this surprise me it is in California? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577961)

> This is the state

with one wacko legislator

> that wanted to make oreo cookies an age restrictred item, and the state

with one wacko town

> that required electronic equipment not to use the master/slave nomenclature because it offended only one person

> Remind me never to live there.

That's fine, we don't want you.

Re:Why does this surprise me it is in California? (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577986)

Dude, just shut up now... when you live in a state that finally makes my homestate of NJ look good... you have problems

Re:Why does this surprise me it is in California? (4, Funny)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578010)

Reminds me of an oxygen canister I saw at home depot a little bit ago. It carried a warning label on it stating that oxygen was known to cause cancer in the state of california. This label was about as big as the one letting you know that it was flammable.

Just came in (5, Funny)

ziggamon (736328) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577862)

Latest news: the 14-year old has just been hired by SCO as their new "information minister"

Worker's Comp (4, Funny)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577864)

I need to sue my employer now. I've been exposed to DHM for many years now, and I fear that it may be taking its toll on me. I've noticed many more wrinkles after particularly long sessions, not to mention a slickness to my skin.

Ah, the perils of lifeguarding.

DHM (3, Funny)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577867)

I though SCO had a patent on DHM? Then again, maybe it was IBM?

Content on the Web (5, Insightful)

zalas (682627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577869)

Maybe this is why people shouldn't take any document on the Web at face value unless they check the sources or credentials. Not only can there be research study oriented "fake web pages", but there also can be pranks and out of date information (many pages do not have timestamps). I know many professors at my university view Web references as something that you use at last resort, when all other reference sources fail. However, another problem is that there IS a lot of good content on the web, and sometimes they disappear and can never be located again, unless they were lucky enough to have been crawled over by archive.org

but.... (5, Insightful)

Roger Keith Barrett (712843) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578005)

You shouldn't take ANY document at face value... it doesn't matter if it's on the web or not.

this isn't an Internet thing... get a grip.

In the good old days we banned fluoride (2, Funny)

mrwonton (456172) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577870)

Correction, fifty ninth graders and one gullable paralegal.

If DMHO is so dangerous... (1)

KimJ721 (732612) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577871)

I imagine we'll soon see warning labels posted on every bottle of spring water.

Re:If DMHO is so dangerous... (2, Funny)

zalas (682627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577905)

At least those labels would fit well with the "cholesterol-free!" labels I see on some bottles of water. What are they going to come up with next? "Nutrient free!" "Necessary for YOUR survival!"

Re:If DMHO is so dangerous... (2, Funny)

KimJ721 (732612) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578002)

I saw an ad for "diet water" in the Sunday circulars. I wonder how you reduce the calories of water.

Love the add... (1)

TamMan2000 (578899) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577876)

Did anyone else see this [dhmo.org] on the bottom of the dhmo website?

I almost fell off my chair...

Just like falling for stories at Slashdot (5, Insightful)

damitbill (66375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577880)

People react here just the same as ninth graders, it would seem.

klein bottle (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577881)

i like the banner ad for klein bottles at the bottom of the page

Re:klein bottle (2, Insightful)

tritone (189506) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577962)

Funny thing: the web page which looks real, is bogus. The banner ad for klein bottles which looks like a joke is real. It's for a company run by Cliff Stoll, author of the Cuckoo's Egg.

Hmm... I've got an idea! (1, Interesting)

MadWicKdWire (734140) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577882)

Maybe I'll put up a site about the disadvantages of outsourcing, then maybe the US Gov will try to ban it?!

Just a wild idea!

Bill in the next city council meeting: (-1, Flamebait)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577888)

Proposed City Ordinance 352: There is an increasing number of Catholic schoolgirl virgins who unwillingly become "cum sluts" in the homes of their neighbors in this community, which is well-documented in several online document depositories. The city is urged to take action before the practice is spread throughout our community. We move to ban Catholicism within our city limits.

Scientifically illiterate population (3, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577893)

I find it worrying that any kind of person in government (even local government) could be so
pig ignorant of basic science that they'd fall for
this hoax. Didn't they listen AT ALL at school? But this seems to be a general problem in the population as a whole , even amongst suppposed intellectuals (read: arts & MBA
graduates) and yet amazingly they're not even usually embarrsed about it. The only reason they are in this story is because it was made public. If their ignorance was revealed in private
they probably wouldn't give a damn , yet if they'd found to be wanting in knowledge of business or the humanities they'd probably go red faced.

Re:Scientifically illiterate population (0, Funny)

TwistedGreen (80055) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577963)

What I want to know is who would consider an MBA graduate an intellectual?!

Business has nothing to do with Science.

Re:Scientifically illiterate population (1)

swb (14022) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578004)

Technical literacy and hands-on skills are considered lower class, while arts and management are considered upper class.

This explains why your boss can't use her computer (except when overcoming challenges to running .exes that come in email) -- if she knew those "techy details" she wouldn't be manager, since managers don't deal in details.

oldie but goodie (1)

An0maly (448481) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577897)

this was funny when i saw it the first time 10 years ago. still cracks me up. good to know the research is continuing =)

Google News to the rescue (4, Informative)

frankie (91710) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577900)

The MSN link displays as a blank page, so here's some more references [google.com] . Alison Viejo CA has officially claimed the heavyweight title for stupidest local government. I suspect they probably won't be dethroned until November 2nd at the earliest.

--
Google News is fun [google.com]

Re:Google News to the rescue (1)

zalas (682627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577941)

I find it odd that the MSNBC server returns a blank page. Perhaps they want to prevent themselves from paying all the extra bandwidth costs of a slashdotting? Or did we actually crash their server?

I claim prior art! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577902)

Damn kids. [slashdot.org]

You think that's dangerous! (2, Informative)

LauraLolly (229637) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577904)

Wait until you learn the problems of driving on surfaces coated with the stuff.

Wait until you also investigate the dangers of Silicon Dioxide! Most terrorists get their start throwing the stuff.

Quite seriously, I always started the year of teaching chemistry with something much like this. My goal was to help the students become better informed.

Almost... (5, Funny)

steveorama (699501) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577909)

"City Officials Almost Ban Foam Cups"

And this is almost news...

American Education (1)

jeffbruce (166203) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577921)

Am I only one that finds ironic that California is not one of the states trying to ban teaching evolution in schools?

styrofoam and water (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577922)

Jumping on DHM was certainly silly, but the last time I checked the important ingredient in foam cups is ... styrofoam and not water. We drink a sip out of the foam cup and then toss it into the next landfill, they should have banned the foam cup but for the right reasons.

California Dreaming (1)

tsmithnj (738472) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577926)

This confirms what I have always suspected...

It's no wonder CA is such a welcoming environment to idiots like Larry Ellison or Arnold.

Attribution? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577927)

Donesn't any of the /. crowd recognize a rip-off of the Penn and Teller "bullshit" sketch? As I recall, they did a petition to ban the substance at a rally of "environmentalists" to show the same effect.

Re:Attribution? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8578016)

Didn't you recognize Penn and Teller as a rip-off of prior skepticism? What goes around comes around.

HAHAHHAHAHA! (-1, Redundant)

dewc (700281) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577929)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :P

A poem. (5, Funny)

eigerface (526490) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577933)


Little Johnny was a chemist.

Little Johnny is no more.

'Cause what he thought was H2O.

Was really H2SO4

Still... (1)

Bull999999 (652264) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577937)

The city wants to save you from yourself because if you drink enough of this "Dihydrogen Monoxide", it can kill you.

Yeah, 89% of americans would ban it. (1, Funny)

Moderation abuser (184013) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577938)

And I say too right! Anything with the word "monoxide" in it *should* be banned!

Yeah, that's been in my usenet sig for ages.

For those who are missing the joke... (-1, Redundant)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577940)

Dihydrogen monooxide... two hidrogens, one oxygen... H2O... water.

Trying to remember Chem I... (1)

Unknown Kadath (685094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577942)

Wouldn't it be oxygen dihydride, since the oxygen atom is central? Analogous to carbon dioxide?

This bugs me every time I see the joke. I am such a dork.

-Carolyn

Re:Trying to remember Chem I... (1)

BCoates (512464) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577966)

I prefer Hydrogen Oxide [cdc.gov] .

Genius children. (0)

ideatrack (702667) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577944)

Wow a 14 year old in the 59th grade.

Ok I'm just entertaining myself here...

It's a good thing slashdotters aren't this stupid (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8577946)

I mean, making assumptions on vague wording and overblown generalizations... BTW, Windows is the tool of the devil and Linux is Jesus!

The funny thing is, DHMO isn't even the right name (3, Informative)

sirwired (27582) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577956)

Di-Hydrogen Monoxide isn't the proper name for water. That would imply a H2 ion bonded to a O ion. IIRC, this is not correcct. It's been ten years since I took chemistry, but shouldn't it really be Hydrogen Hydroxide? (H bonded to OH)

SirWired

Re:The funny thing is, DHMO isn't even the right n (1)

The One KEA (707661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577985)

I believe so - prefixes on leading elemental names are usually missing. Take H3PO4, phosphoric acid - it's elemental name is hydrogen phosphate, not trihydrogen phosphate.

Either way though I think it's hairsplitting, really.

All I can say is that (-1)

MooKore 2004 (737557) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577964)

You are an idiot! [wikipedia.org]

Honestly, though... (4, Insightful)

JohnnyComeLately (725958) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577965)

This couldn't have even come close to being a surprise. If you've EVER watched Jay Leno more than a few times, you've seen JayWalking [nbc.com] or Battle of the Jaywalkers. Or heck, even Street Smarts.

So before you start lambasting Kawhlefornia (Terminator speak for California), remember these shows prove it happens everywhere.

Oh look a puppy!

The HORRORS!!! (0)

RicochetRita (581914) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577969)

For more info on the horrors of this highly dangerous substance, which is undoubtedly in your neighborhood, nay Your very house, read: this expose' website! [dhmo.org]

Water (0, Offtopic)

rufey (683902) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577970)

A friend of mine in grad school years ago wrote this nice little poem about dihydrogen monoxide.
It can drown you,
It can suffocate you,
It can boil you,
It can steam you,
It can freeze you,
It can crush you,
It can tear you apart,
And without it
you'll die.

GULLIBLE! (1)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577975)

I hope this shows up some of the actual "research" that goes on before some of our duly-elected officials vote to restrict things "for the children".

C'mon people, when you restrict car's emissions but allow barges to come in unchecked, you aren't really helping me breath easier. (FYI, each barge that comes into port at Long Beach and Los Angeles puts more pollution in the air than just over a million cars.)

A sad example of our times (5, Insightful)

tribulation2004 (751416) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577978)

Funny, as a teenager I always thought of myself as being a lot more intelligent than the average adult (much to their chagrin) - and up until now (as I approach 30) I haven't seen much evidence showing I was wrong. I'm constantly running into cashiers who cannot make change without their cash register, salespeople who have no clue about the products they are selling, people who can barely spell (a visit to nearly any chat board is enough to turn my stomach). Seems like despite all the progress we seem to be making, the bottom half (two-thirds?) of our population seems to be regressing further and further. My Grandfather (who had to quit school in grade two to help his Dad on the farm) has writing and math skills that make him look like a scholar relative to the average McDonald's cashier with a high school diploma.
I think our approach to designing products aimed at the lowest common denominator might actually be responsible for all of this. Think about it the next time you pick up a cup of coffee with a warning on it stating that coffee is hot. If a paralegal (a "research expert" if you will) can be fooled by a smart 14-year old, what does that say about our society?

Took them long enough (3, Interesting)

fantastic max (690355) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577987)

The DHMO site is at least 6 years old. I used to have it linked on my science education web site. I was smart enough to put it under the category of "weird science" or "science humor". Can't remember which as it is no longer active. Thought it was funny and didn't think anyone would ever buy into it... well anyone who actually graduated the 7th grade, at least.

Inability to think... (1)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577989)

This world's worst defect is its inability to think. Soooo many urban legends, and so many folks warning you of stupid stuff.

When was the last time a cousin or an in-law sent you an email warning you of that "super-strong" computer virus that McAfee doesn't yet know about, or about Microsoft deleting every user account that does not forward this email.

If somebody wrote it, then it must be true!!!

BTW, I wrote this comment, so you better believe it to be true.

Bullshit!!! (1)

skyhawker (234308) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577994)

Don't these guys watch Penn and Teller?

The fifty-ninth grade (5, Funny)

Chillum (704871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8577995)

"...researching the gullibility of fifty ninth graders."

You'd think when they'd been in school THAT long, they wouldn't be so gullible!

Ban (3, Interesting)

0x41 (682557) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578003)

I think the first thing they should ban is that paralegal, from ever having access to politicians enough to convince them of crap like that.

But, Seriouslly, they really should ban styrofoam cups, those things take forever to degrade, and are nasty pollutants. USe paper cups instead!

Not any more, he's not... (0)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 10 years ago | (#8578008)

>> who was researching the gullibility of fifty ninth graders

more hoaxes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8578013)

linked in this [lisnews.com] write-up.
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