Written by: Daniela Tapia Pitzzu
Illustrated by: Devon Hucek
Edited by: Sarah Bassiouni, Olivia Alge, Peijin Han, and Madeline Barron
During high school chemistry, my teacher gave the class a handout describing the perils of dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO). There were reports of DHMO causing suffocation, proving fatal if inhaled. This parody on water (which has the molecular name dihydrogen monoxide) was to advocate for science literacy. However, there was another buried message: even one of the most innocuous of chemicals can be dangerous if used improperly.
Enter chloride. Not chlorine gas, not vinyl chloride, but sodium’s better half, the chloride in sodium chloride (table salt).Continue reading “Hold the Salt”