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A Short History of Nearly Everything

“Imagine trying to live in a world dominated by dihydrogen oxide, a compound that has no taste or smell and is variable in its properties that it is generally benign but at other times swiftly lethal.  Depending on its state, it can scald you or freeze you.  In the presence of certain organic molecules it can form carbonic acids so nasty that they can strip the leaves from trees and eat the faces off statuary.  In bulk, when agitated, it can strike with a fury that no human edifice could withstand.  Even for those who have learned to live with it, it is an often murderous substance.  We call it water.”