A warning about Dihydrogen Monoxide

My opening commentary from News95.7's Maritime Morning on March 21, 2013:


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Here’s something you won’t hear on any other station today: an alert about a chemical you are likely to encounter today...that you may not be aware of.

It’s called dihydrogen monoxide.

It is fatal if inhaled, even in relatively small quantities. Its gaseous form may cause severe burns. It speeds the corrosion of many metals.

This chemical is used in nuclear power plants. Professional firefighters are aware of its properties and use it to extinguish deadly blazes.

It can now be found in the blood of every human being on this planet, not just in industrialized nations.

Dihydrogen monoxide is found in baby food, apple juice -- even your beer.

It’s a major factor in erosion. It’s the main component of acid rain.

This thing...this dihydrogen monoxide...this chemical....

Is also essential to human survival.

It’s water.

Dihydrogen monoxide is two hydrogen, one oxygen...H2O.

And if you’re so afraid of chemicals that you’re ready to believe anything that sounds scary about them, remember this: water is a chemical. Vitamin C is a chemical. The stuff you want in your foods are chemicals. If you eat something that says it has no chemicals in it -- it’s worth wondering whether you’re actually eating.

Tomorrow is world water day. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security. It’s a chemical, but a chemical we all need.

Traditional pro wrestling returns to Halifax and beyond

Ask any wrestling fan which organization would be considered the "heritage" group through the decades, and you'd be told, without a doubt, it's the National Wrestling Alliance. When promoters organized in the style of a syndicate in the 1940s, they unified the world championship, provide avenues for talent exchange, and gave fans a brand name to recognize.

Times changed. Vince McMahon's national expansion in the mid-1980s squeezed the NWA into the margins of relevance, but the trademarks were still being maintained. Now the organization is expanding again, and the latest territory to be set for a revival is in my own back yard.

NWA Atlantic Canada promises to feature talent from around the Maritimes and beyond. It will crown its first Canadian Heavyweight Champion since the late 1970s at an upcoming show in Spryfield, Nova Scotia.

Big man JB Havoc will challenge the smaller and faster Jaxon Furey in what's sure to be an exciting David vs. Goliath-style battle for the belt.

I'm especially intrigued by the NWA Pure Championship, which is contested under a strict set of old-fashioned rules: no punching, no over-the-top-rope, etc. Current champion "Red Dragon" Shane Stephens will defend against Cletus Driftwood.

The promoters are busy signing more talent for a summer tour.

Regular readers know my long association with pro wrestling, so when I found out about the new wrestling franchise coming to town, I got on board and built them a web site.

Learn more about the rebirth of pro wrestling in Atlantic Canada at NWAAtlanticCanada.com. See you ringside!

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