'Dihydrogen monoxide': Florida deejays suspended over April Fool's joke
By The Associated Press
FORT MYERS, Florida - Two Florida deejays have been taken off the air after a fake water advisory apparently meant as an April Fool's joke.
During their Monday morning show on Gator Country 101.9, Val St. John and Scott Fish used a decades-old hoax, announcing that "dihydrogen monoxide" was coming out of Lee County taps. Dihydrogen monoxide is actually just another name for water, based on its molecular composition of 2 hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.
Tony Renda, general manager at the Bonita Springs country music station, didn't find the joke funny. The News-Press reports that he immediately pulled the duo and began airing a retraction and apology during station breaks.
Lee County Utilities spokeswoman Patty DiPiero says they've had to spend the morning assuring concerned callers that the water was safe.