(Liz Klimas) What two radio hosts in Florida thought was a harmless April Fools joke got them temporarily suspended from their long-time post.
The joke made by morning show hosts for Gator Country 101.9, Val St. John and Scott Fish, was about “dihydrogen monoxide,” and it led some in the area to begin expressing concern over the local water quality.
Now, dihydrogen monoxide if written according chemical naming conventions is H2O (water). Get it? Two hydrogens (di) and one oxygen (mono).
The Bonita Springs News-Press reported radio management saying the joke stepped over the line when it caused public concern.
“It is one thing when radio stations change their format or other crazy things they do,” the general manager for the country music station, Tony Renda, told the News-Press. “But you are messing with one of the big three, food, water or shelter. They just went too far; I just knew I didn’t like that.”
The Lee County public utility began receiving calls from residents wondering if dihydrogen monoxide coming out of their faucet was safe to drink and use.
“My understanding is it is a felony to call in a false water quality issue,” Diane Holm, a public information officer with Florida Department of Health in Lee County, said, according to the News-Press.
Watch this report about the prank: