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The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Bonsai Kittens, 2000
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Sober Sue, the woman who never smiled, 1907
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Freezing Plastic Water Bottles
An email has been going around about the danger of freezing plastic bottles of water. It goes something like this:

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in their newsletters...worth noting...
Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer. Especially breast cancer. Don't freeze your plastic water bottles with water as this also releases dioxin in the plastic. Dr. Edward Fujimoto from Castle hospital was on a TV program explaining this health hazard. He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital.


But Johns Hopkins never sent out a newsletter suggesting any such thing. And Dr. Rolf Halden, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has now gone on record to debunk this hoax, noting that if freezing the plastic bottle were to do anything, it would probably make the water inside safer to drink because "freezing actually works against the release of chemicals."

But heating plastic water bottles is another matter. "Halden does warn that another group of chemicals that are used to make plastic less brittle can be released if you place them in hot water or heat them in the microwave." But considering all the junk that we Americans willingly shove into our mouths, the "miniscule amounts of chemical contaminants present in your water supply" probably shouldn't be high on anyone's list of worries.
Categories: Food
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 31, 2004
Comments (1)
just another play off the dihydrogen monoxide prank
Posted by Jared  on  Tue Aug 31, 2004  at  05:24 PM
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