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15-Mar-2004

Why science education is a good thing…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:29 am

Normally I like to add some sort of snarky comment to these news items when I post them to my blog, but I think I’ll just have to let this one speak for itself:

SoCal city falls victim to Internet hoax, considers banning items made with water

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — City officials were so concerned about the potentially dangerous properties of dihydrogen monoxide that they considered banning foam cups after they learned the chemical was used in their production.

Then they learned that dihydrogen monoxide — H2O for short — is the scientific term for water.

“It’s embarrassing,” said City Manager David J. Norman. “We had a paralegal who did bad research.”

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