Thursday, May 1, 2008

Disappointed in Snopes

For those who don't know, Snopes is an urban legend investigation website. Like an internet MythBusters. They're usually really good, but they dropped the ball with this one:

Claim: Drinking bleach will kill the AIDS virus.

Status: False.
Now, the specifics of their explanation are true. Drinking a cup of bleach will not cure one of AIDS, washing one's naughty bits in bleach will not prevent AIDS, etc.

But drink enough bleach, and the AIDS virus will certainly die. It's really a matter of dosage.

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