PBS television host and science guy William "Bill" Nye was killed Monday

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SEATTLE--In a shocking, educational tragedy, PBS television host and science guy William "Bill" Nye was killed Monday in a massive vinegar/baking-soda explosion that destroyed an entire city block and showed kids how they can inflate their very own weather balloon using everyday household items.

"Today, we mourn the loss of a truly great guy of science," said Nye Labs spokesman Phil Anspaugh, standing near the still-foaming blast site. "Bill Nye was a man who, more than anything else, wanted to enlighten, entertain, and demonstrate how vinegar and baking soda combine to create carbon-dioxide gas."

According to colleagues, Nye, the popular host of Bill Nye The Science Guy, had previously performed the fatal experiment on a much smaller scale without incident. On Monday, however, he filled a 5,000-gallon In-Ground Steel Container Of Science to the top with white vinegar and pulled a Giant Red Lever Of Science, releasing a dump-truck load of baking soda into the vat.

"The resulting exothermic reaction was supposed to inflate the Giant Weather Balloon Of Science that Nye had suspended above the vat," Anspaugh said. "But something went horribly wrong and the resulting explosion destroyed the tank, the truck, the balloon, and Nye himself. We're still searching for his body and bow tie."

"Did you know that if you put all of your body's blood vessels in a line, they would stretch around the Earth two and a half times?" Anspaugh added. "Well, now you know."

Local police are working closely with Nye Labs to determine what may have caused the routine experiment to go awry.

"Bill Nye was a very careful man," Nye Labs technician Julie Eng said. "All of his experiments were suitable for children to perform, as long as they made sure to have an adult assist them with the hard parts and to wear eye protection. For him to die this way, it's unthinkable."

However, other Nye Labs employees noted that Nye's unquenchable thirst for knowledge had led him into dangerous territory before, citing the series of static-electricity experiments which resulted in Nye being burned over 75 percent of his body while electrostatically suspended from the roof of the Kingdome.

"There was nothing he wouldn't do in his quest for scientific knowledge,"Nye Labs bio-engineer Randy Grein said. "He gave of himself so that we might know more about the world around us. Without Bill, we never would have known that a sneeze sends germs flying out of your nose at 100 mph, owls can turn their heads 270 degrees, and Mercury and Venus are the only planets without moons."

Grein admitted to familiarity with the dark side of Nye's obsessive vision. "I still have nightmares about the Very Large And Extreme Gyroscope Of Science," Grein said. "That monstrous apparatus almost taught the children of Seattle about angular momentum the hard way."

Grein also noted Nye's aborted attempt to build the world's largest soda-bottle water tornado, which burst during its final stages of construction, soaking hundreds.

"Bill's only fault was that he pushed the envelope a little too far sometimes," Grein said. "Especially with the baking-soda-and-vinegar experiment. I always knew that would be the one to get him in the end."

-- Uncle Bob (unclb0b@aol.com), August 23, 2000


I always liked Bill Nye, so of course I was very shocked and sad when I read the title of your thread.

This might be a funny story, but I'm not going to read it. It was done in very poor taste, and I think they could have thought of another way to have fun without saying he was killed.

-- (very@sick.people), August 23, 2000.

Right on Very Sick!

Yeah Uncle Bob, you shouldn't have posted this here. Bill Nye the Science Guy is my hero. They could have picked on Barney the Purple Dinausor instead! Or those Tele-tubbies! uhg!!

You're drifting into the darkness Uncle Bob, watch it!

-- (smarty@wannabe.one), August 23, 2000.

You're drifting into the darkness Uncle Bob, watch it!


-- Uncle Bob (unclb0b@aol.com), August 23, 2000.

c'mon Uncle Bob, can't you get a sarcastic joke? :P

-- (smarty@wannabe.one), August 23, 2000.

Uncle, there has always been a detriment to the baking soda, peroxide thing, along with the vinegar thing. I saw such action, implemented with a belief, and such a thing, did help. Guess you had to be there.

-- appoined Gate Keeper (tired@iwannagohome.com), August 23, 2000.


sorry...my time of the month...

-- Uncle Bob (unclb0b@aol.com), August 23, 2000.

Uncle Bob,


If you're going to copy-and-paste an entire article from The Onion, at least do them the courtesy of including their copyright notice in your posting!

-- No Spam Please (nos_pam_please@hotmail.com), August 24, 2000.


...the rest of The Onion's humor.

-- (humor@with.irony), August 24, 2000.

Not Funny.

-- Chicken Little (panic@sowhat.yawn), August 24, 2000.

Must be this time of the month for NoSpam and everyone else too! sheesh.

Nospam, get a grip. Uncle Bob hotlinked to the onion, and anyone too lazy to click on the link can simply roll the mouse over it and see it's from the onion.

-- (smarty@wannabe.one), August 24, 2000.

this is a definite candidate for one of the Fortean times strange deaths

(assuming its not a wind up)

-- richard (richard.dale@onion.com), August 24, 2000.

smarty wannabe,

Sheesh! back to you, too!

Anyone who can copy-and-paste a whole article can copy-and-paste the copyright notice along with it.

I'll bet you've never written for a living.

-- No Spam Please (nos_pam_please@hotmail.com), August 24, 2000.

BTW, smarty wannabe, this is for you, since I don't figure Unc needs it:


-- No Spam Please (nos_pam_please@hotmail.com), August 24, 2000.

To be a teacher and read an artical so cruel and sick as this is very upsetting. You fail to realize that children use computers for research and projects. You should be ashamed of yourself. The only person that is a JOKE is YOU. Bill Nye is a great man and I have used his tapes for reinforcement in my science lessons. This article is poor in taste. It reminds me of American's Dumbest Criminals, committing a crime just to get 15 minutes of fame. Somebody was very hard up for material. The town crier has really bit the big one. Maybe there's hope for you on the side of the street or better yet the trash can.

-- Michelle (Lavendersky4@yahoo.com), May 31, 2002.

the baking soda and vinegar reaction is endothermic not exothermic becuase it absorbs heat and becomes cold to the touch. An exothermic reaction would give off heat. Also, this article was in poor taste.

-- dan (brennadp@hotmail.com), October 03, 2002.

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