Ethanol can be used in ICE engines, can be made from renewable resources and, depending on whether it's been denatured or not, can technically be drunk. John McCain's 2007 joke aside
, this is a bad idea. Physics Forums lists a few reasons
why. Nonetheless, six teenagers in the UK thought that an episode of the BBC1 drama Waterloo Road
portrayed a good idea when a young female character drank ethanol
. So, sadly, the five girls and one boy (all either 14 or 15) copied the fictional character's action. They were then taken to the hospital, where it was discovered that none of them will suffer any long-term effects, according to UPI
. Call it a "lucky break
No one would want to ever drink ethanol once it's been mixed with gasoline (the smell! the taste!), but if you don't talk to your kids about ethanol, who will?
UPDATE: And again...
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