back to article We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

Reckitt Benckiser Plc, the British maker of disinfectants Lysol and Dettol, had to hastily issue a statement this morning telling people not to ingest or inject their cleaning products in the hopes of fending off coronavirus. This came just hours after the world watched slack-jawed as the President of the United States …

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  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Suggestion

    Presumably a thermonuclear explosion would also destroy the virus.

    Just putting this out there, its worth testing, I'm very smart, what does this red button do ?

    1. Shadow Systems
      Facepalm

      Re: Suggestion

      Oh great. I just heard Dexter's sister Didi asking "What does this button do?", Dexter replying "Don't press the button!", & Didi happily pressing the button to cause an explosion.

      To quote Gir from Invader Zim, "We're all doomed! WHEEEEEEEEEEE!"

      Enjoy a pint or five & don't forget to eat those packets of nuts... =-Jp

    2. HildyJ Silver badge
      Mushroom

      Re: Suggestion

      It seems not at all a coincidence that Mark Grenon, the largest producer and distributor of chlorine dioxide bleach as a “miracle cure” in the US, wrote to Trump earlier this touting his product.

      Speaking of his base, an interesting, if incredibly morbid, article from Politico: "Elderly Trump voters dying of coronavirus could cost him in November."

      https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/23/how-coronavirus-could-upend-2020-battlegrounds-204708

      1. John Gamble

        Re: Suggestion

        Was looking to see if anyone had mentioned this. Thank you. Grenon is, of course, the fellow who is famous for his miracle product, MMS.

        Sadly, The Register no longer carries the tombstone icon.

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        2. Jamie Jones Silver badge
          Dead Vulture

          Re: Suggestion

          Sadly, The Register no longer carries the tombstone icon.

          Yeah, shame that! :-)

      2. Blank Reg Silver badge

        Re: Suggestion

        It's not just his elderly supporters. The idiots gathering in crowds protesting the lockdowns will be disproportionally affected, and I would bet they are mostly trumpites.

    3. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Suggestion

      Pssst! Wanna know a secret?

      Word around Wall Street has it that someone is lobbying of the POTUS the idea that dipping the body in liquid nitrogen will get rid of Coronavirus completely.

      So invest in liquid nitrogen manufacturer. Now. Before Wall Street opens on Monday.

      And you didn't hear this from me. Get it?

      1. Rol Silver badge

        Re: Suggestion

        Seeing as everything that pours from his dysfunctional mind gets readily consumed by his rabid followers, I'm guessing his voter base is going to diminish some, and America's average IQ jump a few points in the coming weeks.

        1. Snake Silver badge

          Re: IQ point jump

          We can certainly hope. From your mouth to their dumb ears.

          It sounds negative, but I've grown tired of this country wasting millions upon millions of manhours, never mind millions upon millions of dollars, dragging these Neanderthal types out of the muck of thier own creation.

          Let Darwin have a bit of leash, I (sadly) have begun to believe; constantly saving these inbreds from themselves has only diluted the gene pool. Good pool upkeep *does* demand occasional chlorine treatments... :-p

      2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
        Thumb Up

        Re: Suggestion

        "Word around Wall Street has it that someone is lobbying of the POTUS the idea that dipping the body in liquid nitrogen will get rid of Coronavirus completely."

        Hey Mr Trump, I think once a body has been dunked in a vat of liquid nitrogen, you'll find that there is a prophylactic effect and there is no longer any risk of catching this or any other virus, ever.

      3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Suggestion

        Careful. You'll start the masses hoarding nitrogen and then we'll have a shortage of that.

    4. DCFusor

      Re: Suggestion

      So, we're afraid to blame the educational system for failing to educate people enough to make things like this not a problem?

      Oh, that would require effort to fix, and it's easier to blame some current clown than to apply accountability to ... huge numbers of indoctrination system promoters from several generations past.

      After all, we all know they were perfect. The history they (re)wrote about themselves, which was pushed into you at public school instead of useful knowledge, says so.

      When will this become the fault of an educational system that graduates people who can't balance a checkbook, don't know enough to know how to start a business, and increasingly can't do simple reasoning, simply don't know diddly about how things work, and are completely dependent on someone else, in this case a politician, to know what to do?

      I think partisans are looking in the wrong place if they actually want to solve the problems here.

      If people were taught critical thinking - vastly useful in all domains other than being simple to con followers of dishonest leaders (but I repeat myself) - perhaps they'd just laugh at the idiots (and better ones would be available to elect) and move on.

      Till then, we'll have to depend on Darwin to reduce the stupidity I suppose.

      Seems brutal but it does work.

      1. Mark 85 Silver badge

        Re: Sug@gestion @DCFusor

        So, we're afraid to blame the educational system for failing to educate people enough to make things like this not a problem?Too long to copy the rest.

        You are correct in this. Critical thinking went away starting in early 70's with the teacher's union deciding we needed more sheeple, less independence, etc. We are now reaping what has been sown. And since Darwin or really hardly any science is being taught, his law is running amok in the population.

        As an American, I fear for the Republic and the Constitution. Both are under attack by both parties.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Suggestion

        Its almost like STATE education wanted to create easily led populations. I expect Eton et al still feature critical thinking in their education.

        1. Stork

          Re: Suggestion

          Eton, hmm, lets see, can we think of some alumni from there? I can think of Mr. Mogg, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cameron.

          I _would_ trust them to arrange a piss-up in a brewery.

      3. P. Lee

        Re: Suggestion

        I'm not sure "not injecting dettol" reaches the realms of needing to be taught critical thinking. If you ignore the big "POISON" warning on the bottle, I'm not sure there is much which can be done for you.

        Take a look at Tim Pool's observations on what Trump said and what the media are saying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRdybiEpIjg and see whether the comments from Dettol were necessary and whether El Reg blaming Trump for the comments being required is reasonable.

      4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Suggestion

        "So, we're afraid to blame the educational system for failing to educate people enough to make things like this not a problem?"

        The old saying about horse and water might be a factor.

        1. Psmo Silver badge
          Headmaster

          Re: Suggestion

          You can lead someone to an idea but you can't make them think?

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Suggestion

      While I probably give the man with the hairstyle too much credit, I'm pretty sure he meant that it's worth finding out what it is in bleach that makes it effective (high content of acid? ;)

      p.s. and yes, I did hear what he said. He shouldn't have said it, or anything else before thinking of consequences, but then, it's not that Mr T is the Consequences Man, is it? ;)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Suggestion

        Bleach, in the form of either sodium hypochlorite or hydrogen peroxide, is a just-about-stable substance that essentially has "too much oxygen". Given a small push, that oxygen is liberated and, well, oxidises anything and everything it can find. Which is another way of saying it burns up (on an atomic level) everything, and microbes and germs don't take too kindly to that.

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: Suggestion

          Pah I see your H2O2 and raise you FOOF

          1. Sanguma Bronze badge

            Re: Suggestion - FOOF?!?

            dioxygen difluoride?

            What about the threat posed by Dihydrogen Monoxide?

            http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

            How is it that this very stable genius and Chosen One (prophesied by no less than PT Barnum; There's one born every minute, no less!!!) has not been informed of the dangers of this chemical compound? I'm sure he will produce a Presidential Degree banning this dangerous chemical once it is pointed out to him.

            Come on, we all are in desperate need of a good belly laugh this coronavirus season!

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide_parody

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        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Suggestion and too much oxygen

          Well this validates Trumps comments, bleach contains too much Oxygen and therefore will release it in the lungs when ingested, has no one else seen his genius? It means will need far less respirators will be required.

          1. Sanguma Bronze badge

            Re: Suggestion and too much oxygen

            Well, it's one way to fire up his fan base. I'm sure they will be on fire to re-elect him after breathing hydrogen peroxide. They will also feel a burning urgency to ... do something ...

        3. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Suggestion

          "too much oxygen" OOH bleach releases oxygen! That's what our lungs extract from the air into our blood stream isn't it "I'm not a doctor. But I'm, like, a person that has a good you-know-what" but sounds to me like we need to inhale more bleach.

          1. zapgadget

            Re: Suggestion

            They should probably vape it, to be certain.

      2. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

        Re: Suggestion

        it's worth finding out what it is in bleach that makes it effective (high content of acid?

        We know "what it is in bleach that makes it effective". Anyone with a basic understanding of chemistry knows.

        Household chlorine bleach has a pH around 12. It has no acid whatsoever.

        Perhaps in the future before posting you might want to spend a few seconds doing a little research.

      3. Mooseman Silver badge

        Re: Suggestion

        Bleach? Acid?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Trump's Base

    He's signalling to his anti-vaxxer, bleach swigging base that he's one of them.

    "Them" being pseudo-science woo-woo merchants.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Trump's Base

      Unfortunately the dead can't vote (Chicago excepted)

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        Re: Trump's Base

        "Chicago excepted"

        Chicago isn't unique in that respect.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Trump's Base

          Vote early, vote often?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Trump's Base

            You must come from Belfast. Orange Order person visiting family recently moved into a Protestant area: "And have you by any chance any sadly recently deceased relatives who might still be on the electoral roll?"

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Trump's Base

              It's originally American, from Tammany Hall, before it crossed the pond.

              1. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: Trump's Base

                Still Irish in origin.

            2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

              Re: Trump's Base

              Other places are available in N Ireland. And other political persuasions. Allegedly.

              1. Anonymous Coward
                Anonymous Coward

                Re: Trump's Base

                Of course. I'm afraid that by the time I realised I had written "must" instead of "may" the edit window had closed.

        2. Stork

          Re: Trump's Base

          It was also common in Portugal before 1974

      2. ava007

        Re: Trump's Base

        You mean North Carolina.

      3. big_D Silver badge

        Re: Trump's Base

        Isn't that what Darwin would have called a win-win-situation?

    2. Sandtitz Silver badge
      WTF?

      Re: Trump's Base

      No, the latest news is that Trump claims he was just sarcastic through the whole thing.

      He sure fooled me! I didn't get a hint of sarcasm from him throught the whole ordeal.

      1. jake Silver badge

        Re: Trump's Base

        About a week ago, in regard to something completely different, I wrote "The only issue is figuring out who is lying when they retroactively claim to be joking ... ". Simply replace the word joking with sarcastic.

        I don't think it's all that difficult to spot the liar here. Perhaps we should call it "doing a donald" ... he's certainly trying to duck the well deserved criticism.

        I can't believe there are still people trying to support him and his idiocy. The mind absolutely boggles.

        1. Jamie Jones Silver badge

          Re: Trump's Base

          Indeed. It was obvious from the video (and not just an editted clip, before the trumpets moan) that he was not being sarcastic.

          And even if he was, that's even more bloody irresponsible!

      2. Dagg

        Re: Trump's Base

        Correct, yanks don't understand irony and sarcasm...

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: Trump's Base

          What, all 300,000,000 of us? I'm shattered.

          1. ClockworkOwl
            Boffin

            Re: Trump's Base

            Duh!, he was being sarcastic, Jake...

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Trump's Base

            I thought it was 360 million. It's all right, some of us have read Henry James, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller...we're not all Philistines on the right side of the Big Pond.

            1. batfink Silver badge

              Re: Trump's Base

              I thought Philistines had been banned from entering the country anyway?

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