How Dangerous is Dihydrogen Monoxide?
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Should dihydrogen monoxide be banned?

In March 2004, the town of Aliso Viejo considered imposing a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also known as  hydrogen hydroxide.  Dangers of dihydrogen monoxide include:

  • Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
  • Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
  • DHMO is a major component of acid rain.

Yet, the Friends of Hydrogen Hydroxide argue that it's a naturally occurring substance that is not only beneficial and benign, but essential to life.

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