[from the MIT humor list - other forwards deleted]
(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]


Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!

THE INVISIBLE KILLER:

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.

DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE:

* Is also known as hydric acid, and is a major component of acid rain.
* 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.

CONTAMINATION IS REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS!

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.

DESPITE THE DANGER, DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE IS OFTEN USED:

* 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 HORROR MUST BE STOPPED!

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.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE!

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 'no_dhmo@circus.com' or a SASE to:

Coalition to Ban DHMO
211 Pearl St.
Santa Cruz CA, 95060


Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!/ The Coalition / no_dhmo@circus.com


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