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    Question Toxic spill -- Ethanol

    I find this article funny in some ways:

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08135/881533-85.stm

    The "toxic material" that was spilled was ethanol, otherwise known as ethyl alcohol, AKA the stuff in beer, wine and liquor that gets you drunk.

    It wasn't like it was cyanide, ricin, or a chlorinated solvent.

    Three was half a million gallons spilled in this incident, though.

    I work in a chemical lab and I know that ethanol is considered "toxic" and "hazardous" under certain conditions. However, I don't think the authors of these news stories and your general newspaper reader understands that ethanol is the type of alcohol you drink (as long as it's not denatured).

    And before anyone chimes in about this, I DO know that alcohol is toxic to people and animals -- that toxic effect is what makes you feel drunk.
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    My old chem prof told us "Everything is toxic given enough quantities... too much water is called drowning."
    btw- the MSDS for water is funny...
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    ^^^ that is so awesome. thanks for that. Soo true.

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    Here's a fun site if you're in to chemistry at all. It's a site dedicated to spreading the word about the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide: www.dhmo.org

    It sounds like a DHMO spill might have been almost as bad!
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    MM MM *****! It'll get you drunk!

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    "Dihydrogen Monoxide is linked to gun violence" lmao

    and for the record, that **** is toxic! 3 shots and your DONE
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    "Moonshiners running away from the po-po spill their cargo"....NASCAR begins!

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