Monday, May 19, 2003

It's the most underrated beverage

"Water, it's the most underrated beverage"- A wise man I know stated that once... actually a few more times than that.

I was thinking of water today as I looked at the bottled water I bought at Walmart over the weekend which boasts "minerals added". Weren't minerals in the water before they sent it through whatever gizmos they send water through to bottle it? For that matter isn't a more common word for minerals....dirt?

Speaking of dirty water....I noticed a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram today talking about the water in Denton County ( Denton home to the college I attended aimlessly for 6 to 12 years-who remembers the 70's?).

Anyway, they've discovered that in the wetlands behind the City of Denton's water treatment plant, a small number of "male fish" are in effect switching teams.

Some of the male fish are developing female traits.

Apparently the water is being contaminated by hormones, specifically estrogen. The source? Um.. to put this delicately... chemicals are passing through women's bodies as a result of the use of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy drugs and into the wastewater.

No one seems especially concerned about this, including the switch hitting fish.
You see other chemicals have been found in the water, chemicals like Prozac.
Apparently the fish don't care if they suddenly find themselves swimming in an all-girls school.