#850 – Regulation

Pick any food ingredient you want and there is probably a decade’s old chain letter circulating on the internet about how bad it is for you. I wonder what the source is behind some of them. I wonder what the author thinks when they receive a copy of the scare letter they wrote about artificial sweetener that has somehow morphed into the evils of potato chips. My favorite is still the warning about Dihydrogen Monoxide.

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26 thoughts on “#850 – Regulation”

  1. Mad David says:

    Yes, that Dihydrogen Monoxide is evil stuff!

  2. MaskedMan says:

    Dihydrogen monoxide kills thousands around the world every year. Not to mentin the effect it has on physical infrastructure and crops…

    I figure, I ain’t getting out of here alive anyway, I may as well enjoy myself whilst I’m here… So I eat what I please. Ain’t killed me yet.

  3. Miles says:

    It took me a second to remember exactly what dihydrogen monoxide was. Nice! Personally I only use that stuff to wash my hands, and bathe, I’d hate to have to drink it or something.

  4. Space Butler says:

    That umbrella of his is for if his dog ingested too much dihydrogen monoxide.

  5. The funny thing is that dihydrogen monoxide is not the proper name. (One thing I’d always been curious about when I was younger was the fancy chemical name for water)

    As far as I know, the proper term is just “hydrogen oxide” but you can also get away with “hydrogen hydroxide”. (I’ve never heard of a simple chemical where there’s a modifier on the left-side component’s name. You just apply the modifier to the right-side chemical and use things like valence to determine how much is on the left side)

    1. Iforwhat says:

      Actually you only use left side modifiers if the chemical formula has a subscript greater that one on the first element.

  6. Fact Dude says:

    IUPAC has actually decided that the recommended technical name for water is “oxidane”. Seriously.

  7. i.half4 says:

    Why not hydrous oxide, since N2O is already nitrous oxide? I think confusing rules are fine for English, (because we’ve abandoned all hope of sense there) but the rules of science should be consistent!

  8. Croc says:

    While the term may not be proper, It’s still obvious enough that it makes smart people LOL, while making stupid people fear it.

  9. Mophtran says:

    OH NOES, NO DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE

    *drinks a tall glass of it*

  10. Steriema says:

    @ i.half4: Be sure your confusing science rules are English only, because I wouldn’t have a clue what you’re all talking about, but if you’d say the proper Dutch, logical name, I’d know for sure what it’s all about.
    The umbrella is for if his pet has drank to much. Never said it was a dog. Could be a canary, too…

  11. sco3tt says:

    Or perhaps voted FOR putting helium in human food! Or cartoon food, whatever.

  12. ZeoViolet says:

    I fooled my mother with that “Dihydrogen Monoxide” stuff after learning of that in high school. FUUUUNNNY.

  13. Karen says:

    Oh, what a great world it would be if there were actually regulations on pet food.

    Most pet foods are completely untested and unregulated. All that grocery store brand stuff? Completely full of carcinogens and badness. And yet even the expensive stuff from the vet clinic is only tested at the company’s discretion, so who knows if it’s really any better?

  14. MaskedMan says:

    @Karen;
    You could feed raw, instead. Then you’d only need to worry about injected hormones and antibiotics and pesticides and fecal matter contamination and salmonilla… 😀

  15. Wow, I’ve always kept bottles of Dihydrogen Monoxide everywhere I go, and I never realized! Thanks for the warning, I’m now moving to Arizona for my health.

  16. Chaos Kiwi says:

    I predict a week of either food mishaps or pets.

  17. Solace says:

    Ooooo pets!

  18. JSW says:

    Dihydrogen Monoxide is the least of Biff’s worries, I’m willing to bet that Biff got his pet that quality food with FIBER in it for consistancy.

  19. Linzleh says:

    Biff is walking his goldfish… Imagine helium bloated goldfish trapped in a bowl of Dihydrogen Monoxide, the leash keeps them from being sucked into a plane turbine and the umbrella, well Biff has sun sensitive skin. Definitely pet escapades week.

  20. Sarah says:

    Probably the people who come up with these chain letters are food-cops, pranksters with no life, or all of the above, and animal activists as well.

  21. Karadan says:

    Good old DHMO scare… I’ve considered trying to start a petition to ban it at my college, just to see how many people I could get to sign on… would be even more fun using the more correct but less known by laymen name hydrogen oxide, or one of the others… just have to keep it away from the chemistry teachers.

    Still, DHMO just has that certain ring to it. Fear mongering can be so much fun, proof that people take anything told to them at face value without thought.

  22. Kasain says:

    yeah, some people are just a little too slow, that was super funny to read, haha, i can’t believe that people would sign a ban on water, lmao, have fun with a really unpleasant death @_o it’s highly entertaining though, and i like the floating mystery pet ^^ knowing biff though, it’s some strange exotic creature like a moon mouse or a land dolphin… something like that

  23. Radical Edward says:

    Dihydrogen monoxide…Always good for a laugh.

    I don’t want to be around Biff if his pet is gonna do it’s business.

  24. Elkian says:

    UMBRELLA….

  25. Luemas says:

    Dihydrogen Monoxide is lethal!
    Stay away from drugs kids!

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