In terms of humor, telling people that their water is tainted with "dihydorgen monoxide" is about on par with telling someone their epidermis is showing, but the dumb joke got two popular Southwest Florida country music radio hosts suspended.
Val St. John and Scott Fish are the popular radio hosts of Gator County 101.9's morning show. It's the most popular country music station in all of the Naples-Ft. Myers area. Seriously, everyone knows Cat Country listeners are totally lame.
Well, yesterday being April Fools' day and all, Val and Scott decided to inform listeners that the local water supply in Lee County had been tainted with "dihydrogen monoxide."
Several listeners then panicked and called in to Lee County Utilities.
Of course these listeners apparently didn't bother to look at the date (April 1), fire up Google, or use some basic reasoning skills.
See, "dihydrogen" would mean the chemical has two atoms of hydrogen. "Monoxide" would indicate one atom of oxygen. That would be H2O, or, as it's more commonly known, water. Though, dihydrogen monoxide isn't used in scientific literature, it does abide by naming rules used for other chemicals and has a history of being used in pranks poking fun of the scientific literacy of the general public.
But according to the Ft. Myers News-Press, station heads weren't laughing. General Manager Tony Renda has placed the two on indefinite suspension.
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"It is one thing when radio stations change their format or other crazy things they do," Renda told the local paper. "But you are messing with one of the big three, food, water or shelter. They just went too far; I just knew I didn't like that."