Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.
DHMO is otherwise known as “WATER”. People are so worried these days about the negative associations of common products that we have created a layer of insulation that motivates us to ban seemingly dangerous natural elements before fully considering what they are.
Believe it or not, Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student, gathered petitions to ban “DHMO” as the basis of his science project, titled “How Gullible Are We?”. Obviously most of us are pretty gullible. Once we start determining what is acceptable in society by associations rather than through science, we may truly start loosing a sense of nature (as most of it will probably be banned.