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A seemingly bored Twitter user decided to rekindle an old hoax over the weekend.
Kev Atkinson, an engineer from the North East, contacted pastry shop Greggs to ask a quite peculiar question.
He asked whether the chain uses “dihydrogen monoxide” in its hot drinks.
Atkinson continued: “Please tell me this is not true, it’s in sulphuric acid!”
Greggs , which is known for being quite social media savvy, responded well to the prank, knowingly stating that dihydrogen monoxide is simply water – so of course it’s in the hot drinks served in its shops.
The exchange attracted a bit of attention, as it harks back to a hoax from 1983, in which the Durand Express , a local newspaper in the US, ran a story that said the chemical compound had been found in the city’s water pipes.
It sparked a bit of panic – and uncovered widespread scientific illiteracy.
Dihydrogen monoxide is simply another term for H2O, water, the stuff you brush your teeth with, swim in, and use to wash your car.
There are a handful of different names for water, and the hoax has cropped up countless times since the ’80s.
Atkinson replied to Greggs to thank the chain for a “smashing reply”.
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