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What Littlechef should really be worrying about. Answered

Each year, Dihydrogen Monoxide is a known causative component in many thousands of deaths and is a major contributor to millions upon millions of dollars in damage to property and the environment. Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:

  • Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
  • Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
  • Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
  • DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
  • Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
  • Contributes to soil erosion.
  • Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
  • Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
  • Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  • Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
  • Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.
  • Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including deadly storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.
  • Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.

Those are from an American study. I personally have seen quite a horrible crash after liquid DHMO was sprayed across a road, and DHMO was found in the analysis of the first stones removed from #2 son's kidneys.

Proper statistics are hard to dig up, but I have found that DHMO was a direct cause of death in 3842 cases in the USA in 2002. 8.5% of them were children under the age of one.

Numbers are harder to find in the UK, but around 500 deaths occur every year following contact with DHMO.

(A drop of 4% in DHMO deaths in 2001 was attributed to fewer people visiting rural areas thanks to the foot-and-mouth outbreak, indicating a prevalence of DHMO contamination in England's green spaces.)

Rather than scaremongering, you should be warning your friends about a very real hazard in their everyday lives.


I must get my home inspected for traces of this villainous substance!

Penn and Teller did an interesting study on DHMO.

That is great! I wish youtube wasn't blocked at school, that would be so useful.

And scientists say we evolved from other simians.....it looks more like we are more closely related to cattle sometimes *sigh*

. Me being the dirty old man that I am, I'd sign her petition any time.


10 years ago

I love this joke. It never gets old.

H2O? I get the joke, but it's rather tasteless... You'll get everyone all worked up...

Just showing LC how poorly-informed warnings can quickly become ignorant scare-mongering.

yup Hydrogen = H DI=2 Oxygen= 0 Mono=1 Therefore H2O

Well and the point of coures.


There's a great site that has lots of info about the dangers of this.

You can also find the site for a one-sided bottle there too!

DHMO has been found in almost all cleaning materials (even lemon juice and home-made vinegar). It is not technically in bicarbonate of soda, but large quantities are used in its manufacture.

And did you know that large quantities of it are found in many lakes and rivers? and exposure to it in it's solid form can cause severe tisue damage, even if it's not for really long

especially if it falls on you from the roof LOL

It is in bicarb of soda, just not very much of it. Now, anhydrous bicarb...that is a different song altogether :-)

Oh noes, not the dihydrogen monoxide!!! Hold on... that stuff is coming from my faucet!!!! I better call home protection services.

Hey, if it were in gaseous form under pressure and hot, you would really be in trouble LOL

I do have to say Kiteman that this issue is worse than Cfl's. I have herd of this before. So you win.... But I don't think its right to consider this to be a contest. How can we get rid of this stuff ?

. Dude! We really do appreciate your concern for our health/safety/well-being/environment (at least I do), it's just the ITEOTWAWKI attitude you bring to the discussion. You have raised some very important issues that need to be dealt with, but lighten up a little bit.

Noone wins anything but a death from either mercury poisoning, invoving possible psychosis or a painful death from any one of the DHMO side effects...

:-o DHMO is ruining homes everywhere, causing them to rot at accelerated rates! Its being pumped into our houses and fed to our children! Who will stop them! It usually contains chemicals used by the Nazis in concentration camps! OMG, how could they do this!


10 years ago

I've heard it's everywhere, it even falls from the sky...

...looks timidly upward...

Yet there is only one recorded time that someone has try to ban it! and guess what! they shot it down! (a senator actually did try to ban DMHO)


10 years ago

My Grandparents died because of this too.... thank you for making people aware of this awful substance

actually the first part is a wicked lie, sorry.