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(The Ledger)   Two DJs have been taken off the air following an April fools joke gone awry. It would seem that joking about dihydrogen monoxide in the water supply is no laughing matter   (theledger.com ) divider line
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2013-04-02 06:49:59 AM  
 
2013-04-02 07:09:24 AM  
I heard that if you just dehydrate it, it is harmless.
 
2013-04-02 07:24:45 AM  
No Florida tag?
 
2013-04-02 07:25:36 AM  
Stupid joke by people who think they are being oh so clever.

Plus, it should be hydrogen monoxide. H2S is hydrogen sulfide, after all.
 
2013-04-02 07:29:32 AM  
People complained about this on April Fools day?  I blame our educational system.
 
2013-04-02 07:40:34 AM  
If there is one thing local media won't stand, it's scare mongering.


anyway...did you guys here that report about the kids "sexting" each other???
 
2013-04-02 07:43:57 AM  

log_jammin: If there is one thing local media won't stand, it's scare mongering.


anyway...did you guys here that report about the kids "sexting" each other???


No, I didn't!  I was too worried about my third grade daughter going to these "rainbow parties."  The world we live in, man,it's just sick.
 
2013-04-02 08:00:55 AM  
It fools the hippies tree huggers every time its done and that alone makes it hilarious
 
2013-04-02 08:32:59 AM  
"The News-Press reported that he immediately pulled the duo and began airing a retraction and apologies."

So...there's no water, then?
 
2013-04-02 08:49:44 AM  
Penn and Teller did it better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi3erdgVVTw
 
2013-04-02 08:50:41 AM  
I assume the dumbass tag is for the station manager who suspended them, and not the DJ's. Because that's a goddamn stupid thing to suspsend someone over. IMHO it's tantamount to admitting that you are a waterheaded idiot and you think all of your consumers are too.
 
2013-04-02 08:52:55 AM  
Combined with a greenhouse gas it can explode.

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-04-02 08:52:57 AM  

Shadowknight: log_jammin: If there is one thing local media won't stand, it's scare mongering.


anyway...did you guys here that report about the kids "sexting" each other???

No, I didn't!  I was too worried about my third grade daughter going to these "rainbow parties."  The world we live in, man,it's just sick.


I'll be lucky to make it to that news report.  Last I heard something in my kitchen may be killing me, and its something we all have!  Needless to say, I've been stabbing everything in the kitchen.
 
2013-04-02 08:54:14 AM  
Is there a way to expand this and remove DJs from other markets?  I'm talking *morning* DJs here.

I quit listening to one or our morning shows when one of the jocks took a mic into the john and broadcast himself taking a dump.  Not that I'm highbrow in what I find funny, but I draw the line at pinching a loaf on the air.

/stay classy Lex and Terry
 
2013-04-02 08:54:35 AM  

PainInTheASP: People complained about this on April Fools day?  I blame our educational system.


For not taking a joke, no.  For not knowing that dihydrogen monoxide is referring to water, yes.
 
2013-04-02 08:56:19 AM  
Water water everywhere but not a drop of think
 
2013-04-02 08:57:13 AM  

grokca: I heard that if you just dehydrate it, it is harmless.


Are you kidding? Then you've got one of the most combustible substances known to mankind, directly responsible for deaths in the US space program!
 
2013-04-02 08:59:46 AM  

b0rscht: Stupid joke by people who think they are being oh so clever.

Plus, it should be hydrogen monoxide. H2S is hydrogen sulfide, after all.


Er.. one H and one O is a Hydroxyl Radical..  pretty sure you don't want to drink that.
 
2013-04-02 09:01:50 AM  
Little Johnny took a drink, but he will drink no more, for what he thought was H2O was H2SO4
 
2013-04-02 09:04:44 AM  
Wait, the general manager of a country station in Florida didn't get the joke, so he pulled the DJs?

This is my surprised face.
 
2013-04-02 09:05:35 AM  

mongbiohazard: I assume the dumbass tag is for the station manager who suspended them, and not the DJ's. Because that's a goddamn stupid thing to suspsend someone over. IMHO it's tantamount to admitting that you are a waterdihydrogen monoxide-headed idiot and you think all of your consumers are too.


Fixed.
 
2013-04-02 09:11:57 AM  
And yet they completely ignore the dangers of hydroxic acid.
 
2013-04-02 09:14:58 AM  
Remember that one time in elementary school when you learned the meaning of the word epidermis?  Didn't you go around telling people their epidermis was showing?  I sure did.
 
2013-04-02 09:15:16 AM  

ristst: Is there a way to expand this and remove DJs from other markets?  I'm talking *morning* DJs here.

I quit listening to one or our morning shows when one of the jocks took a mic into the john and broadcast himself taking a dump.  Not that I'm highbrow in what I find funny, but I draw the line at pinching a loaf on the air.

/stay classy Lex and Terry


Lex and Terry? The same who broadcast in the Florida panhandle region? I stopped listening when they spoiled the season finale of Dexter (the season with John Lithgow) with no warning. They were talking about something completely unrelated and blurted it out. I really liked that season, too.
 
2013-04-02 09:15:56 AM  
I hope the DJ's were pulled for their unoriginal, unfunny bit.  It's been done to death.
 
2013-04-02 09:18:00 AM  
Well it was a country station, of course their listeners wouldn't know what "dihydrogen monoxide " is. It was obviously the work of those turrists.
 
2013-04-02 09:19:55 AM  
Just don't screw up your order at the restaurant when ordering second,
 
2013-04-02 09:21:12 AM  

jim515: Just don't screw up your order at the restaurant when ordering second,


Darn it, now with a farkin'  link
 
2013-04-02 09:23:03 AM  

RminusQ: grokca: I heard that if you just dehydrate it, it is harmless.

Are you kidding? Then you've got one of the most combustible substances known to mankind, directly responsible for deaths in the US space program!


I'm sure there is a solution to fix that.
 
2013-04-02 09:23:43 AM  

DubyaHater: I hope the DJ's were pulled for their unoriginal, unfunny bit.  It's been done to death.


I hope people died from dehydration out of fear of what was coming from their taps.
 
2013-04-02 09:26:45 AM  
It is a stunt.  They weren't even really suspended.
 
2013-04-02 09:27:45 AM  
It's a country station.  Stupid people are easy to fool and the DJs should have known better.
 
2013-04-02 09:35:06 AM  

b0rscht: Stupid joke by people who think they are being oh so clever.

Plus, it should be hydrogen monoxide. H2S is hydrogen sulfide, after all.


Near as I can tell they are both dihydrogen monoxide and hydrogen oxide are valid, but hydrogen oxide is more often used. I am pretty sure hydrogen MONoxide is not correct as you are specifying the count of O but not H.

/not a chemist, but have a passing interest
 
2013-04-02 09:36:27 AM  

DubyaHater: I hope the DJ's were pulled for their unoriginal, unfunny bit.  It's been done to death.


If that was a rule then morning DJs would not exist.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-04-02 09:36:45 AM  
I don't see the big deal in this.  The DJs only meant to have a little fun with their nappy-haired audience.
 
2013-04-02 09:42:57 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Combined with a greenhouse gas it can explode.

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 353x352]


thats not how that works. Maybe if you paid more attention to the valuable lessons that space exploration has taught us you would understand. How about I 3D print you a model to explain it?
 
2013-04-02 09:49:10 AM  

aevorea: Lex and Terry? The same who broadcast in the Florida panhandle region? I stopped listening when they spoiled the season finale of Dexter (the season with John Lithgow) with no warning. They were talking about something completely unrelated and blurted it out. I really liked that season, too.


Yeah, I believe that's them.  One of their standard bits is to scream along with Danzig's "Mother".

But these guys love calling other jocks "hack".  The funny thing is, they're some of the biggest hacks out there.  And what's worse, they're Howard Stern wannabe hacks.  Oh, these guys *so* desparately want to be Howard Stern.  And they consider themselves "Gods of Love", dispensing sagacious advice to the lovelorn.

Then I saw a commercial for their show.  Ummmm.......Gods of Love?  Not so much....
 
2013-04-02 09:49:18 AM  

b0rscht: Stupid joke by people who think they are being oh so clever.

Plus, it should be hydrogen monoxide. H2S is hydrogen sulfide, after all.


IIRC, Hydrogen Sulfide is ionic, and can only come together in that ratio (Two H+ and one S2-). Whereas H and O can form at least two covalent compounds, dihydrogen monooxide (water H2O) and dihydrogen dioxide (aka hydrogen peroxide H2O2)
 
2013-04-02 09:53:28 AM  

PsyLord: PainInTheASP: People complained about this on April Fools day?  I blame our educational system.

For not taking a joke, no.  For not knowing that dihydrogen monoxide is referring to water, yes.


For not knowing how to read a calendar...
 
2013-04-02 09:54:37 AM  
Dihydrogen monoxide is so dangerous, that if present in red blood cells, it will be used to produce carbonic acid!  And you don't want your red blood cells producing that, would you?!?!  It's an acid, so it's bad!
 
2013-04-02 09:58:29 AM  
FTA:
The News-Press reported that he immediately pulled the duo and began airing a retraction and apologies.

Apology? Sure, makes some sense.  Explanation would have been good if they were actually worried about stupid people freaking out.  But retraction? Does that mean that water is NOT, in fact, coming out of the taps?  It seems that would be a more troubling story than the "joke".
 
2013-04-02 10:05:17 AM  

Egoy3k: Quantum Apostrophe: Combined with a greenhouse gas it can explode.

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 353x352]

thats not how that works. Maybe if you paid more attention to the valuable lessons that space exploration has taught us you would understand. How about I 3D print you a model to explain it?


Go ahead.... LOL
 
2013-04-02 10:11:45 AM  

MadMonk: It's a country station.  Stupid people are easy to fool and the DJs should have known better.


Don't put this on us country fans.  How about we just blame it on stupid people.  You know, Floridians
 
2013-04-02 10:13:17 AM  

Onkel Buck: It fools the hippies tree huggers every time its done and that alone makes it hilarious


3/10
We all know who it fools.
 
2013-04-02 10:25:43 AM  
Should have referred to it as hydric acid.
 
2013-04-02 10:45:49 AM  
That joke just never grows old. I remember scaring the lunch ladies with it back in the day in the late 1960's.
 
2013-04-02 10:56:04 AM  
A day late and I'm the first one to post this?

http://dhmo.org/
 
2013-04-02 11:42:55 AM  

b0rscht: Stupid joke by people who think they are being oh so clever.

Plus, it should be hydrogen monoxide. H2S is hydrogen sulfide, after all.


Well *I* see what you did there anyway...
 
2013-04-02 12:22:03 PM  
Water like from the toilet?
 
2013-04-02 12:26:12 PM  
In defense of the station manager, it is found in 100% of all cancer cells
 
2013-04-02 12:27:40 PM  
Eventually we will lower the intelligence requirement of the human race to zero.

Do these people realize that the air is full or Nitrogen, a key component of many explosive compounds?
 
2013-04-02 12:47:04 PM  

mr_a: Eventually we will lower the intelligence requirement of the human race to zero.

Do these people realize that the air is full or Nitrogen, a key component of many explosive compounds?


Don't get me started on table salt! Not one, but TWO deadly elements!
 
2013-04-02 12:50:07 PM  

Begoggle: Onkel Buck: It fools the hippies tree huggers every time its done and that alone makes it hilarious

3/10
We all know who it fools.


But you still felt the need to defend stupid hippies
 
2013-04-02 01:04:26 PM  
Remember, Fear mongering is only allowed when the story suits the US gov. NOT when its funny for people being epicly retarded and under educated.

Just remember when you watch the news, after every story imagine the anchor asking you 'ARE YOU SCARED YET?' If you answer no, then hes got another update/story to tell you about.
 
2013-04-02 01:25:40 PM  

Hagbardr: And yet they completely ignore the dangers of hydroxic acid.


Still not as good as Oreo acid.

/dude, the trees all have thumbs
 
2013-04-02 01:44:59 PM  
This screamed Florida tag.
 
2013-04-02 02:33:13 PM  
Reminds me of the political campaign in a (Florida) election. It got nasty. One of the candidate's campaigns started rumours that their opponent was a practicing heterosexual.

A quick Google attaches a name and perhaps more accurate details to this story:

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-155203.html

Smathers told an audience of bumpkins that incumbent Claude Pepper was "a known extrovert," practiced "celibacy" before marriage, practiced "nepotism" with his sister-in-law, "matriculated" with women in college, that his sister was "a thespian" and his brother "a practicing homo sapien."

The version I heard was attributed to a Californian campaign, so this story may have become an urban legend (many true stories do as they wander away from historical fact).

Disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been Duck Duck Goose. But he sounds like my kind of guy.

The Straight Dope thread is worth reading when you get done with this one.
 
2013-04-02 03:23:40 PM  

b0rscht: Stupid joke by people who think they are being oh so clever.

Plus, it should be hydrogen monoxide. H2S is hydrogen sulfide, after all.


The IUPAC name is actually "Oxidane", so no.  Either dihydrogen monoxide or Hydrogen Oxide is acceptable, but both are informal names for the chemical ("water" is actually the secondary IUPAC reference for the chemical, so they're both considered improper nomenclature form a scientific standpoint).

If you're going to be pedantic, at least get it right.
 
2013-04-02 03:46:34 PM  
Were they taken off the air for being unoriginal and boring?
 
2013-04-02 04:52:53 PM  

Onkel Buck:

It fools the hippies tree huggers every time its done and that alone makes it hilarious
I know...  You'd think the environmental activist groups would publish a humiliation warning about it in a newsletter, or something...
 
2013-04-02 04:54:59 PM  

moistD:

Last I heard something in my kitchen may be killing me, and its something we all have! Needless to say, I've been stabbing everything in the kitchen.
OH NOES!   It's knives!
 
2013-04-02 05:38:47 PM  
What a bunch of hacks.   What a chickenshiat station manager.   Who listens to this garbage?  It's worth less than what you pay for it.
 
2013-04-02 06:05:37 PM  

ristst: Is there a way to expand this and remove DJs from other markets?  I'm talking *morning* DJs here.


How about morning shows altogether? I turn on the radio to listen to music, not a bunch of giggling retards dropping innuendo then giggling like 3rd graders for the next five minutes at a penis reference.

It's like 20 stations playing a Dane Cook routine.
 
2013-04-02 06:30:34 PM  
I always like the gag of "Ending Women's Sufferage", and getting people to sign petitions for that.

I'd wager that one could get an actual petition initiative together, get the signatures, and have it pass.

/For the lulz...
 
2013-04-02 07:30:57 PM  

GeneralJim: Onkel Buck: It fools the hippies tree huggers every time its done and that alone makes it hilariousI know...  You'd think the environmental activist groups would publish a humiliation warning about it in a newsletter, or something...


After the Shroud of Turin thread, you've got absolutely no room to make fun of others for being a bit on the slow side, much less full blown retarded.
 
2013-04-02 08:09:12 PM  
Seems like a pretty harmless prank to get fired over.

It's not like someone died because of it.
 
2013-04-02 08:15:48 PM  

Gilligann: Seems like a pretty harmless prank to get fired over.

It's not like someone died because of it.


I was thinking the same, but it occured to me...., they're the face of the station, so to speak, and represent all the people they advertise for, etc.

It may make people look/feel stupid and result in less revenue from the resentment, I can see a legit problem there.

Never piss on your listeners.
 
2013-04-02 09:47:29 PM  

Tom_Slick: Little Johnny took a drink, but he will drink no more, for what he thought was H2O was H2SO4


I feel a little lame that I not only got that joke, but laughed heartily at it.
 
2013-04-02 10:48:24 PM  
People are stupid, so it logically follows that radio DJs should lose their jobs because of that.
 
2013-04-03 12:49:32 AM  

aspAddict: ristst: Is there a way to expand this and remove DJs from other markets?  I'm talking *morning* DJs here.

How about morning shows altogether? I turn on the radio to listen to music, not a bunch of giggling retards dropping innuendo then giggling like 3rd graders for the next five minutes at a penis reference.

It's like 20 stations playing a Dane Cook routine.


This.

And while we are at it, lets make it illegal for DJ's to have telephones.
 
2013-04-03 11:37:37 AM  
People still listen to radio?  Really?
 
2013-04-03 02:53:25 PM  
There aren`t any dj`s on the station I listen to for most of the day. They have the morning annoying show (made to be annoying so work seems better) then a bunch of songs in a row interspersed with adverts.

Works for me. If they stop playing what I want then I plug my phone in and put a playlist of my own on.
 
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