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The Fizzmaker
June 3, 2006 2:09 PM   Subscribe

101 Two Liters of Diet Coke. 523 Mentos.
posted by empath (70 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at eepybird.com! Excellent.
posted by Justinian at 2:11 PM on June 3, 2006


Aww. Server dead. :(

And here I was all curious.
posted by graventy at 2:11 PM on June 3, 2006


404 Error.
posted by Nedroid at 2:11 PM on June 3, 2006


YouTube version if anyone can't get to that.
posted by empath at 2:12 PM on June 3, 2006


Sorry, I should have assumed digg would kill the original link.
posted by empath at 2:13 PM on June 3, 2006


Wow, that was really cool!
posted by Onanist at 2:17 PM on June 3, 2006


That's brilliant. It's like the Bellagio of diet coke.
posted by smackfu at 2:24 PM on June 3, 2006


Is it a recent breakthrough that diet coke and mentos cause a vinegar and baking soda reaction? A couple weeks ago maybe 10 videos in google video's top 100 were diet coke and mentos.
posted by I Foody at 2:24 PM on June 3, 2006


An NPR story about it.
posted by stavrogin at 2:27 PM on June 3, 2006


Charming & nicely done. Although that patch of parkland probably won't be able to support any life at all for several generations.... Okay, maybe giant mutant ants...
posted by maryh at 2:33 PM on June 3, 2006


Wow, NPR can make anything sound so impossibly boring.
posted by blacklite at 2:41 PM on June 3, 2006


Sublime. Hysterical. Thnx!
posted by dbiedny at 2:45 PM on June 3, 2006


More up my alley, chemical-reaction wise...
posted by Busithoth at 2:46 PM on June 3, 2006


Time to re-write some urban legends, methinks.

That was awesome. And just in time for summer too! I think this would be fun to try on a hot summer day with some friends.
posted by kosher_jenny at 2:52 PM on June 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


Time to re-write some urban legends, methinks.

Did you know that the little girl from the Welch's grape juice commercials died from drinking Diet Coke with Mentos?
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:09 PM on June 3, 2006


faint of butt, I don't care how she died, but what a smile that brings to my face. she gave me nightmares.
posted by Busithoth at 3:15 PM on June 3, 2006


Good thing it was diet coke, otherwise everything within a 50 foot radius would be sticky for the next year or so...
posted by Rhomboid at 3:17 PM on June 3, 2006


How is this even an experiment? Where's the control? What's the dependant variable? They didn't even present a hypothesis, for chrissakes! Somehow I don't think this will pass peer review.
posted by sourwookie at 3:28 PM on June 3, 2006


Diet Coke performance art makes me truly happy. Thanks empath.
posted by msjen at 3:38 PM on June 3, 2006


It's like the Bellagio of diet coke.

That's EXACTLY what I thought, smackfu.
posted by Relay at 3:57 PM on June 3, 2006


Awesome, awesome, awesome.
posted by mathowie at 4:00 PM on June 3, 2006


How were they doing the time controlled stuff? Like the little jets, I assume its a one time only thing, or can you keep dropping the Mentos for extra jets? And why just Diet Coke? Has anyone ever tried say, Fanta and Polos, to see what would happen?
posted by Orange Goblin at 4:12 PM on June 3, 2006


That was very Blue Man...
posted by MrBobaFett at 4:15 PM on June 3, 2006


Awesome, awesome, awesome.

And fun, fun, fun!
posted by bwg at 4:21 PM on June 3, 2006


Another day, another Coke/Mentos video.
posted by reklaw at 4:22 PM on June 3, 2006


I love this. These guys are awesome; some of the outakes on the EepyBird website are fabulous.
posted by delfuego at 4:24 PM on June 3, 2006


That was fantastic. I want to do it now too. I wish I could buy the mp3 off itunes, too.
posted by Hildegarde at 4:25 PM on June 3, 2006


[this is good]
posted by briank at 4:39 PM on June 3, 2006


Kinda cool they link to the AskMetafilter discussion regarding this too.
posted by Eekacat at 4:42 PM on June 3, 2006


Mentos — the FreshetMaker™
posted by rob511 at 4:54 PM on June 3, 2006 [1 favorite]


Did you know that the little girl from the Welch's grape juice commercials died from drinking Diet Coke with Mentos?

I thought she died after making out with Mikey from the Life Cereal commercials.

She was run over by the woman with the really small car in the Mentos commerical.
posted by dw at 4:54 PM on June 3, 2006


In case your wondering what would happen if you drink pepsi and follow it up with mentos.
posted by empath at 5:02 PM on June 3, 2006


That was really cool.
posted by kyleg at 5:06 PM on June 3, 2006


Brilliant.
posted by ColdChef at 5:10 PM on June 3, 2006


Good news, everyone! Your next assignment is to deliver this crate of Mentos to Cokulon IV, the "Diet Planet." /farnsworth
posted by SPrintF at 5:15 PM on June 3, 2006


Watch out though, by mixing it in your stomach bad things can happen.
posted by Mach5 at 5:20 PM on June 3, 2006


damn, empath beat me
*shakes fist*

posted by Mach5 at 5:21 PM on June 3, 2006


How were they doing the time controlled stuff? Like the little jets, I assume its a one time only thing, or can you keep dropping the Mentos for extra jets?

It looked like they had rigged something up using the bottlecaps. When the big jets from the side of the screen came up I just assumed they had people off camera doing it, but on a second viewing I noticed them yanking a cord that (I assume) connected to more diet coke bottles. So I guess they worked out some sort of grenade-like system.
posted by kosher_jenny at 5:27 PM on June 3, 2006


Mach5: damn, empath beat me

That's why the preview button exists, Mach5, that's why the preview button exists. Of course, you used it, saw that empath posted the link, and still posted it again... fascinating.
posted by delfuego at 5:42 PM on June 3, 2006


Very nice. I saw a video the other day that was a tasteless and stupid compilation of mentos/coke rockets, and thought it was all over. Then I saw this, and learned that a couple of cool, smart guys can make an excellent video of the stuff, even if the music kinda bugged me. Thanks a lot!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:46 PM on June 3, 2006


Well enjoyed.
posted by squirrel at 5:54 PM on June 3, 2006


101 bottles, 523 mentos - that was to make the film. I wonder how many they went through choreographing it all. Excellently banal and wasteful, thanks.
posted by peacay at 6:27 PM on June 3, 2006


That was awesome. Pepsi Girl cracked me up as well.
posted by The Monkey at 6:40 PM on June 3, 2006


So, really, what happens if you mix them in your mouth? Is it dangerous, or just sort of ultra-fizz? Or is there too little liquid for an effect?
posted by dgaicun at 6:42 PM on June 3, 2006


Pepsi Girl was the unhottest voice on a hot girl ever.
posted by dgaicun at 6:43 PM on June 3, 2006


Well done.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:21 PM on June 3, 2006


An explanation is available on this site. It reads, in part:

"When you drop the Mentos into the soda, the gelatin and gum arabic from the dissolving candy break the surface tension. This disrupts the water mesh, so that it takes less work to expand and form new bubbles. Each Mentos candy has thousands of tiny pits all over the surface. These tiny pits are called nucleation sites - perfect places for carbon dioxide bubbles to form. As soon as the Mentos hit the soda, bubbles form all over the surface of the candy. Couple this with the fact that the Mentos candies are heavy and sink to the bottom of the bottle and you've got a double-whammy. When all this gas is released, it literally pushes all of the liquid up and out of the bottle in an incredible soda blast. You can see a similar effect when cooking potatoes or pasta are lowered into a pot of boiling water. The water will sometimes boil over because organic materials that leach out of the cooking potatoes or pasta disrupt the tight mesh of water molecules at the surface of the water, making it easier for bubbles and foam to form."
posted by sindark at 7:53 PM on June 3, 2006


I was hoping it was 523 Mentos dropped all at once into a vat of 202 liters of Diet Coke, personally.
posted by BaxterG4 at 8:24 PM on June 3, 2006


Baxter, that's what I expected it to be, too. A later experiment, perhaps.
posted by empath at 8:41 PM on June 3, 2006


Pepsi Girl was the unhottest voice on a hot girl ever.
posted by dgaicun


Are you sure you don't have that backwards? I mean, it's a kickass British accent on a girl that needs to lose about 30 pou-*drowned out in a wave of feminist anger*
posted by Ryvar at 9:13 PM on June 3, 2006


Meanwhile, kids in Atlanta are dying of thirst!

(That was extremely cool... thanks, empath.)
posted by BoringPostcards at 10:20 PM on June 3, 2006


This is the best of the web. Thanks.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 10:41 PM on June 3, 2006


It's my guess that nothing will grow on those grounds for at least 200 years now.
posted by devetron at 10:51 PM on June 3, 2006


seriously, I want to see the giant vat of diet coke and a 5-gallon bucket of mentos dumped in. As cool as this was, THAT would make my effing week...

or at least a glass carboy of diet coke and a whole roll...hmm...
posted by Parannoyed at 10:55 PM on June 3, 2006


Bob & Doug McKenzie are just the guys for the vat version.
posted by shoepal at 11:16 PM on June 3, 2006


i heard the little pepsi girl and the welch's grape juice girl died while practising perverted sexual acts on each other involving mentos anal beads and diet coke enemas, in old-growth parkland. When their chubby little bodies ruptured, spewing toxic aspartame over a 100m diameter, all the grass and flowers burned, and trees there have developed putrid tumorous growths.

I could be wrong about the diameter explosion though.
posted by wumpus at 11:27 PM on June 3, 2006


Wow, those guys are like kings!
posted by redteam at 12:36 AM on June 4, 2006


holy sweet! ive that on a small scale...but that is awesome!
posted by willlangford at 1:24 AM on June 4, 2006


Way cool. Thanks.
posted by Cyrano at 4:44 AM on June 4, 2006


Pepsi Girl was the unhottest voice on a hot girl ever.
posted by dgaicun

Are you sure you don't have that backwards? I mean, it's a kickass British accent on a girl that needs to lose about 30 pou-*drowned out in a wave of feminist anger*
posted by Ryvar


Sorry, you're both wrong, the correct answer is C: Yum! More curvy UK hotties for me! RrrrOOOWWWRRrr!
posted by Scoo at 5:43 AM on June 4, 2006


Did they pierce holes in the lids to get jets that high?
posted by RokkitNite at 5:46 AM on June 4, 2006


That was very Blue Man...


No wonder I found it unamusing.

"Hi, we're all painted blue-- so every banal, mundane thing we do seems hysterically funny."
posted by wfc123 at 7:16 AM on June 4, 2006


Now that's the way to post a video to the front page.

Awesome!
posted by caddis at 7:37 AM on June 4, 2006


This is why I love the intarwebs. Fabulous post.
posted by theora55 at 8:48 AM on June 4, 2006


This reminded so much of a firework display - the guys running around letting the mentos drop were a bit like people milling around roman candles and catherine wheels on Bonfire Night. Fantastic stuff.
posted by greycap at 9:23 AM on June 4, 2006


Best of the web!
posted by amro at 9:41 AM on June 4, 2006


empath writes "In case your wondering what would happen if you drink pepsi and follow it up with mentos."

That was fucking awesome. I actually lol'ed.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 9:55 AM on June 4, 2006


So, if I read the explanation link provided by sindark correctly, is the concept behind the Mentos/Pepsi reaction the same idea as the Guinness Draught Widget? It seems very similar except for the intensity of the reaction. Cool.
posted by switchsonic at 4:35 PM on June 4, 2006


that was so cool!
posted by virga at 7:41 PM on June 4, 2006


is the concept behind the Mentos/Pepsi reaction the same idea as the Guinness Draught Widget?

No. The GDW is a capsule of pressurized nitrogen that releases the gas once the can/bottle is opened and the internal pressure of the widget becomes greater than the external pressure on the beer.
posted by quite unimportant at 3:30 AM on June 5, 2006


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