Yes, wonderful water. Our bodies are roughly 70% water, and we need at least 64oz of water a day to remain healthy.
The average american uses 80-100 gallons of water a day (mostly by flushing the toilet... did you know if you pee'd in the shower, you could save up to 1,157 gallons of water a year?? eeeewwww, but interesting...)
But water has an evil side....
Not too long ago, a student at Eagle Rock middle school in Idaho Falls won first prize at his science fair for his presentation on dihydrogen monoxide.
He stated the following:
- Dihydrogen monoxide can cause excessive sweating and vomiting.
- it is a major component in acid rain
- it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
- accidental inhalation CAN KILL YOU
- it contributes to erosion
- it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
- it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients
He then asked 50 people if they supported a ban on this chemical. Of the 50:
- 43 supported the ban
- 6 were undecided
- 1 knew that dihydrogen monoxide was water
The title of his prize-winning science fair project was "How Gullible Are We?"
If you look at wikipedia, this kid wasn't the first or last person to fool people into thinking water is evil (link) but it caused enough of an uproar in this town that people were talking for days.
Remember, people... these fools can vote...
Granted, there was no widespread panic. This wasn't as epic as a zombie apocalypse, but it did cause quite a stir.
What's next? Parents outraged to find out their children are masticating in public schools?
I personally masticate many times a day. Often with others. Sometimes, depending on who I'm with, a prayer is said before I masticate...
Sometimes you can use facts as scare tactics. Businesses and politicians do this all the time, and people eat it up. All I can say is this: Please, folks. Before you drink whatever koolaid people are handing you, do a little homework on your own...
...or the dihydrogen monoxide is GONNA GIT YOU!!!