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March 24, 2004 3:24 PM   Subscribe

Remember the Dihydrogen Monoxide parody from a few years ago?

lethal if inhaled, causes severe burns in its gaseous state, and is the major component in acid rain...

Snopes does. Mefi does too.

In a reworking of a classic story, City Councillors in Orange County were about to debate the pressing issue of Dihydrogen Monoxide before realising that the dangerous chemical was, in fact, water.
posted by triv (14 comments total)
"It's embarrassing," said City Manager David J. Norman. "We had a paralegal who did bad research."

What an asshole.
posted by jpoulos at 3:34 PM on March 24, 2004

Blame it on the lowest paid person in the office, that's smart managing.

Nice that the Guardian is paying such close attention to news stories in California though.
posted by fenriq at 3:40 PM on March 24, 2004

double. It's hella hard to search for however, and the thread was shit.
posted by red at 3:48 PM on March 24, 2004

it think we just had this thread.
posted by quonsar at 3:48 PM on March 24, 2004

Quonsar double-posted a double-post call out!
posted by crazy finger at 4:07 PM on March 24, 2004

Remember the Dihydrogen Monoxide post from a few weeks ago?
posted by laz-e-boy at 4:09 PM on March 24, 2004

new zealand's green party also tried to ban it
posted by red at 4:12 PM on March 24, 2004

actually, a triple post callout, becasue the poster himself called the first one out in the post itself! i think this may be a candidate for ripley's. (though in fairness..., GAD! WHAT AM I SAYING!!!!)
posted by quonsar at 4:23 PM on March 24, 2004

posted by red at 4:34 PM on March 24, 2004

What an asshole.

Indeed... and most paralegals are.
posted by Witty at 4:52 PM on March 24, 2004

This thread is all wet.
posted by jonmc at 5:32 PM on March 24, 2004

" `One moment,' the merchant said. `Because you haven't bargained with me I want to tell you something. Look here, he is a quonsar of course, and quonsars are no good, you know that don't you?'

`And you said he was an excellent quonsar.' The gentleman said indignantly.

`Sure, sure,' the merchant said, `And that's true as well. He is an excellent quonsar, but he is not good. He will always remain a quonsar. You have made a good buy, but only on the condition that you keep him going all the time....."

[ apologies to Janwillen De Vetering, and "The Empty Mirror" ]

I thought it was a great thread, especially for Dreamghost's post of that altered "Free Quonsar!" picture which had a youngish Richard Nixon doing a photo-op on the Capital Building steps. Tricky Dick was shaking hands (or claws? talons?) with a live turkey. It was charming.

But, everyone ran away from the thread when I started preaching about how nursing mothers flush, in their breast milk, PCB's, PAH's, and Dioxin into their infants. Or maybe it was that "parable of the no-good Quonsar"?
posted by troutfishing at 9:14 PM on March 24, 2004

oops. I did it here too. damn!
posted by troutfishing at 6:36 AM on March 25, 2004

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