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Aliso Viejo and Dihydrogen Monoxide

Funny: AP: SoCal city falls victim to Internet hoax, considers banning items made
with water
. It’s the old ‘dihydrogen monoxide’ hoax again:

‘It’s embarrassing,’ said City Manager David J. Norman. ‘We had a paralegal who did bad research.’

The paralegal apparently fell victim to one of the many official looking Web sites that have been put up by pranksters to describe dihydrogen monoxide as ‘an odorless, tasteless chemical’ that can be deadly if accidentally inhaled.

So — ha ha, stupid Aliso Viejo city officials. But seriously — why is a paralegal making decisions on scientific issues? Isn’t that what the EPA and their environmental scientists are there for? Tail wagging the dog, I think.