Penn and Teller get people to sign petition to ban water.

A little skepticism would have done these folks some good…

13 thoughts on “Penn and Teller get people to sign petition to ban water.

  1. I started talking about the evils of DHMO at my wargames club- never mentioning the ‘W’ word. Being intelligent guys they all joined in the discussion, coming up with new ways the DHMO is dangerous. Then a couple of Degree level chemists started arguing whether the name was correct! One of them choked on his beer when I told him, with my best ‘serious’ face on, that Dihydro Monoxide was a major factor in Acid Rain- he’d never thought of it like that!

    Come April 1st I intend to send an email to the office H&S rep, stating that DHMO, a major component in untreated sewage, is present in the drinking water in the office.

  2. I love this show, and was tickled pink with that particular episode.  All four seasons are out on DVD now, and it’s one show that I like to buy as soon as I can.

    Some favourite episodes include recycling, the bible, PETA and the boy scouts.  I can’t wait to see what they do for season 5 smile

    Seriously, if you haven’t seen the rest of the series I strongly urge you to do so.  I’m sure you, and many other people who come here, would absolutely love it. (and some would hate it wink )

  3. LH: started arguing whether the name was correct!

    There is an organisation, IUPAC, that holds conventions in exotic locations like hawii, etc, to decide on the names of stuff; it was them who decided on political reasons the compromise deal that the official name of aluminium should have the english spelling in exchange for sulfur having the american one. Personally as long as I know what you mean, I don’t give a damn what people call it – people often use ‘trivial’ names for complicated molecules because the systematic nomenclature is long and virtually unpronouncable. They make systematic nomenclature such that you could completely describe what a molecule looks like from it’s name and the IUPAC rules.

  4. I loved the ending, which speaks volumes about how individuals sacrifice their better judgement in order to be included in desirable social groups, “Maybe they’re not really so much environmentalists are they are joiners – of anything.”

    If you accept that this might be a core part of the human experience, then it might explain why various groups can both grow their memberships while advocating weird ideas at the same time.

  5. MP – I agree, the herd instinct, sometimes this requires alignment. Without it views would be individual – you wouldn’t get self-categorisation as much

  6. in exchange for sulfur having the american one

    I heard (from somewhere respectable I think) that the reason we go with the incorrect spelling of sulphur is due to complaints from the American Scientific community.

    DC- lighten up. You contribute long meaningful posts, with no meaning! wink Sometimes you miss the point. They were arguing about whether you can actually call water DHMO, or whether the name is wrong!

    I forgive you, you’re a student.  LOL

  7. ‘K, I’m not sure how to yet, but it’s possible that IUPAC made a decision bearing the American Scientific community in mind

  8. I’m pretty sure it was Bullshit that had another bit (probably same episode) about bottled water and how people think it’s so much better than tap water. 

    They basically were able to sell water that they claimed had been filtered through a cat’s urinary tract to people in a restaurant (the water was actually out of a garden hose). 

    Given a taste comparison of the same water, one sample out of a bottle, the other stated from the tap, the testers invariably said the stuff in the bottle tasted better.

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