Aliso Viejo and Dihydrogen Monoxide

Funny: AP: SoCal city falls victim to Internet hoax, considers banning items made
with water
. It’s the old ‘dihydrogen monoxide’ hoax again:

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

The paralegal apparently fell victim to one of the many official looking Web sites that have been put up by pranksters to describe dihydrogen monoxide as ‘an odorless, tasteless chemical’ that can be deadly if accidentally inhaled.

So — ha ha, stupid Aliso Viejo city officials. But seriously — why is a paralegal making decisions on scientific issues? Isn’t that what the EPA and their environmental scientists are there for? Tail wagging the dog, I think.

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  1. Posted May 8, 2008 at 19:56 | Permalink

    I cannot believe that people are so stupid to belive these kind of things! People should do their research before they commit to banning water!

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  • By Limitless stupidity on March 28, 2008 at 08:38

    […] This is old news, but I only just found someone even stupider than the woman who refused to believe that -6 is higher than -8. Even stupider than Jerry Taylor, City Manager of Tuttle, Oklahoma, who threatened to call the FBI because he could not understand how to configure his computer. The record breaker: another small American city that came close to banning items made using dihydrogen monoxide. […]