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Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide!

Dihydrogen monoxide:

Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) is a chemical composed of hydrogen (an explosive gas) and oxygen (which is present in battery acid). DHMO is used as an industrial solvent because of its ability to dissolve a wide variety of substances. It is odorless and tasteless. Exposure of the skin to DHMO causes wrinkling and softening. Ingestion of too much DHMO leads first to gastrointestinal discomfor and then to excessive urination. In its solid form, prolonged exposure to DHMO causes irreversible tissue damage. Inhalation of DHMO causes coughing and can lead to death. In fact, more than 5000 people per year die in the US alone from inhalation of DHMO.

Facts about DHMO:


In case you haven't fgured it out yet, DHMO is just another name for water. Not every chemical with a long name is dangerous. And many dangerous chemicals are also very useful. Wisdom comes from knowing the conditions under which a chemical is dangerous and the good and proper uses to which it can be put.

Chemicals Produced in Largest Quantities in the United States

This list of chemicals excludes fuels and metals. Chemicals are listed in decreasing order of production.
sulfuric acidH2SO4sulfur, air, waterfertilizers, detergents, explosives, plastics, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, storage batteries, and metals
nitrogenN2airammonia, nitric acid, and nitrates
oxygenO2airsteel, rocket fuel, medical respiration
ethyleneC2H4petroleumethylene glycol, ethanol, vinyl chloride, ethylene oxide, polyethylene
limeCaOlimestoneglass, cement, insecticides
ammoniaNH3air, water, natural gasfertilizer, nitric acid, explosives
lyeNaOHsalt, waterrayon, cellophane, paper, detergents, aluminum
chlorineCl2salt, waterpesticides, bleach, water sanitation
phosphoric acidH3PO4phosphate rock, sulfuric acidfertilizers, detergents, pharmaceuticals, beverages
propyleneC3H6petroleumpolypropylene, isopropyl alcohol, acetone
soda ashNa2CO3trona ore or salt and limeglass paper, soap, detergents, aluminum
ethylene dichlorideC2H4Cl2ethylene and chlorinevinyl chloride, paint removers, solvents, rubber
nitric acidHNO3ammonia and oxygenexplosives, fertilizers, dyes, pharmaceuticals
urea(NH2)2COammonia and carbon dioxidefertilizers, plastics
ammonium nitrateNH4NO3ammonia and nitric acidfertilizers, explosives
benzeneC6H6petroleumethylbenzene, dyes, solvents
ethylbenzeneC2H5C6H5benzene and ethylenestyrene, solvents
carbon dioxideCO2burning carbon fuelschemical manufacture, beverages, fire extinguishers
vinyl chlorideC2H3Clethylene dichloridePVC platic
styreneC2H3C6H5ethylbenzenepolystyrene plastic
terephthalic acidC6H4(COOH)2benzenePET plastic and Dacron polyester
methanolCH3OHhydrogen and carbon monoxideacetic acid, formaldehyde, fuel antifreeze, solvents
hydrochloric acidHClsalt and sulfuric acidpharmaceuticals, PVC, rubber
ethylene oxideC2H4Oethyleneethylene glycol
formaldehydeH2COmethanolpolymers, plastics