Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Surfing and Dihydrogen Monoxide

I've been doing some surfing today. Trying to find out the latest information on the CPSIA ruling on lead in children's products. As I indicated in my last post about this earlier, it isn't easy to find the latest information. I'm finding lots of people want to make it a political issue. (There is a surprise!) and some just don't understand. So, finding accurate information is often a challenge.

To emphasise my point about not completely understanding issues, I would like you to consider whether you would support the banning of Dihydrogen Monoxide or not. Here are the reasons given to do so:

Dihydrogen Monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and kills countless thousands of people every year, mostly by accidental inhalation. For those who have become dependant, withdrawal means certain death. It can be found in the excised tumors of cancer patients. It contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape. It accelerates the corrosion of many metals.

Quantities of Dihydrogen Monoxide are found in our rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs.
Companies dump waste DHMO into rivers and oceans but nothing can be done about it since it is not illegal.

OK, so there you have some of the reasons for banning DHMO. Do you support this?

Listen to this video: about the subject

The title will give you a big hint.

I'm going back to surfing for up to date information on CPSIA and lead in children's products.
I think I'll make it easy for myself and follow updates at Rings and Things Search for lead.



  1. Sorry - not fair - I heard this before. I'm not sure I would have banned it if I didn't know tho, I'm always complaining that everything we eat, drink, touch - everything makes us sick these days!

  2. Hi B, I love this post. I hope DHMO doesn't get banned, I spend a lot of money to use it recreationally! Thanks for recommending our CPSIA info :)

    at Rings & Things

  3. Thank you for your highly informative post about dihydrogen monoxide. I'm planning to share it with my students this evening and see how many of them catch on...