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Bellagio Fountains Recreated with Mentos and Coke

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the truly-a-worthy-expenditure-of-time dept.

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Trip writes "What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It's amazing and completely insane. The first part of this video demonstrates a simple geyser, and the second part shows just how extreme it can get. Over one hundred jets of soda fly into the air in less than three minutes. It's a hysterical and spectacular mint-powered version of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas."

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220 comments

Froth pist spew indeed! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469144)

See subject.

What.... what? (0, Troll)

Transcendent (204992) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469149)

What the hell topic does *this* fall under?

I think they should have a section called "Slow News Day". Everyone is already tagging things that.

Re:What.... what? (-1, Troll)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469197)

Seriously. Zonk, please post Duplicate stories rather than this drivel.

Actually, forget that. Just don't post any stories. Go back to McDonalds.

Re:What.... what? (2, Funny)

fuzzyfozzie (978329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469221)

What are you talking about? It's articles like these that make me glad I read Slashdot. Learn something useful everyday. :)

Re:What.... what? (1)

luder (923306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469246)

True, this is something well suited for digg, not slashdot. This and the short summaries [slashdot.org] that have been popping out lately.

Cool, though.

For people who dont want the plugin (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469299)

I required a plugin to view that movie, But found it here with a youtube video
Best coke and mentos experiment [blogspot.com]

Tags (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469291)

The fact that I can't click on a tag attached to a story and use it to pull up a list of stories with the same tag makes me realize that I really don't understand tags. :-(

Re:What.... what? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469527)

I think they should have a section called "Slow News Day".

Yes, god forbid people have fun whilst experimenting. Perhaps you are not familiar with the links between creativity and scientific breakthroughs?

I forgot this is stone cold /. news for the serious.

Re:What.... what? (1)

Wisgary (799898) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469952)

You wanna know where it came from? It'd be clearer if they'd just ad a 'FW:' tag to the posts that are taken straight off digg.

Science so Rocks! (3, Funny)

w33t (978574) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469175)

...of course, now I've suddenly become very thirsty.
--
Music should be free [w33t.com]

Summary (0, Offtopic)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469176)

Are people so lazy as to not be able to write their own review anymore? The entire article summary is lifted verbatim from the website w/o any attribution.

Re:Summary (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469900)

Because having a link to the article the summary was lifted from doesn't count as attribution

In case of /.'ing (5, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469178)

Here's [google.com] one of the the Google Videos of the feat.

A number of different groups of people seem to have attempted it [google.com] as the different versions available on Google depict.

Re:In case of /.'ing (5, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469203)

Even our good old Taco has done one (with Chris Dibona and a couple of others)

Its available on google video, but tacos Journal entry is here [slashdot.org]

This fountain on eepy is amazing though, read the rest of the site because they give a decent explaination of how it works and the various other parameters (hole size, capsule construction)

Re:In case of /.'ing (2, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469207)

Sorry for replying to my own comment.

After watching the video in the story, I have to admit, the effect of the trick performed on the large scale is quite spectacular...much more so than the other videos of a solitary guy with a solitary bottle of Diet Coke in a backyard.

Watch it if you a /.ing so permits.

Re:In case of /.'ing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469549)

How do I get this thing to work on Firefox with Quicktime 7.04 installed?

Damn thing wont play to save my life?

Re:In case of /.'ing (3, Informative)

babba (736335) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469252)

Here's the link to the video file:

http://www.revver.com/video/27335/ [revver.com]

And here are some of their other experiments:

http://www.revver.com/tags/eepybird/ [revver.com]

Re:In case of /.'ing (2, Informative)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469538)

Here's the direct link if you want to download it, or you don't have/want a QT plugin: http://media.revver.com/broadcast/27335/video.mov [revver.com]
(Might have to copy/paste that, I'm not sure)

Re:In case of /.'ing (3, Informative)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469337)

I think this [youtube.com] is the same one on youtube (two guys in lab coats with lots of bottles doing an impressive display?).

Re:In case of /.'ing (1)

RealityMogul (663835) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469417)

After viewing the video you linked to, I would like to ammend my long standing position of hatred against the RIAA. I now feel that if they choose to pursue legal action against anybody that is caught looping Steve Balmer's "Developers, Developers, Developers" phrase over and over, then that is in the best interest of the public.

Re:In case of /.'ing (3, Interesting)

Matt_R (23461) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469507)

Kari from mythbusters in an FHM shoot (wearing only a lab coat & underwear) doing the mentos + coke trick:

http://www.fhmus.com/articles-1276.asp [fhmus.com]

According to the site, it's a physical thing (5, Informative)

Omkar (618823) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469185)

Not chemical, so it should work just as well with other sodas/nucleation devices:

"These chemists are saying that the primary cause is physical, not chemical. Their explanation: nucleation sites. If you have a liquid that is supersaturated with gas (like soda, which is pumped full of carbon dioxide), a nucleation site is a place where the gas is able to form bubbles. Nucleation sites can be scratches on a surface or specks of dust - anywhere that you have a high surface area in a very small volume. That's where bubbles can form.

Mentos seem to be loaded with nucleation sites. In other words, there are so many microscopic nooks and crannies on the surface of a Mento that an incredible number of bubbles will form when you drop it in a bottle of soda. Since the Mentos are also heavy enough to sink, they react with the soda all the way to the bottom. The escaping bubbles quickly turn into a raging foam, and the pressure builds dramatically. Before you know it, you've got a big geyser happening!"

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (5, Interesting)

w33t (978574) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469223)

I had always assumed it was chemical. Interesting.

You've given me an idea - I wonder if there is some way to suspend a substance within the fluid and create these nucleation sites simultaneously throughout the supersaturated medium?

Perhaps some kind of ferrofluid? So you could run a magnetic field over it and cause the nucleation sites to appear which would cause the reaction to happen on a much more instant scale: read, explosive.

Now, if only I had the material, and the knowledge, and the friends at MIT.
--
Music should be free [w33t.com]

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469303)

And don't forget our friends at AT&T.

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469566)

With Mentos, it's amusing. With a lot of complicated hardware, it's just another gadget.

Ultrasonic cleaner (3, Interesting)

moosehooey (953907) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469591)

If you've seen the episode of Mr. Wizard's World, he did this with an ultrasonic cleaner like they have in jewelry stores. Works about as well as the Mentos.

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (5, Funny)

antic (29198) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469624)

For years, the big oil companies have been withholding a Mentos/Coke powered car from market... ;)

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (1)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469244)

(like soda, which is pumped full of carbon dioxide)

You call it carbon dioxide. I call it life.

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (1)

xSauronx (608805) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469859)

so all these years ive been aborting life by the liter?

Exploding water (1)

technoextreme (885694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469270)

Is this the same concept behind the explosions that the Mythbusters created in a microwave with water. I know that the water was resulted from super clean glass that is free of defect. Introducing an object will immediately cause the gas to bubble and make it explode.

Re:Exploding water (1)

radish (98371) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469397)

Yes, the same concept. Super heated water has steam in it waiting to get out just the same as soda has CO2 in it.

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (1)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469318)

Hmmm, should try some activated carbon then. Anybody got an old gas mask canister?

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (2, Informative)

rworne (538610) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469339)

Why bother with that? Got to your local pet store and get a bunch of it for cheap from the fish/aquarium filter supplies.

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (1)

Nf1nk (443791) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469817)

activated charcol tends to be a little on the floaty side, but if you put it in a teabag with a couple of small rocks you might be on to something.

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (3, Interesting)

bensafrickingenius (828123) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469430)

Cool.

Since the Mentos are also heavy enough to sink, they react with the soda all the way to the bottom.

Leads me to the next thing to try: irregularly-shaped Mentos that would spiral down through the soda, instead of falling straignt down. I assume that the guys in the video used 2-litre bottles in order to give the Mentos the greatest possible falling path? A spiral path would have the effect of using bottles 2 or 3 times larger. Just gotta call up Mentos and ask for their rejected candies!

According to the site, you could blow up too (1)

Nerd_52637 (938469) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469506)

The site also answers everybody's big question: Is it dangerous to drink soda and eat Mentos?

"Well, a lot of the fizz goes away as you drink. Then when bubbles are released in your stomach, your stomach can expand a bit, and it also has ways of releasing excess pressure. Do not, repeat, do not be stupid and test the limits of your stomach. Don't even think about it."

Make sure you check out the cautionary tale [youtube.com] they recommend.

Re:According to the site, it's a physical thing (1)

blackmagicfish (967680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469961)

This works well with Pixie sticks too, I learned this back in my middle schoole days. Probably works the same way with the nucleation points. The Mentos are genious though, because it will sink all the way to the bottom. It makes me wonder if you could attach some sort of slug to make it sink more quickly.

This is quite interesting (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469190)

despite it being a waste of food (is soda and candy food?). These guys obviously put alot of thought into the choreography and timing of their fountain. Kudos. There are two questions I still have:

1. How much soda did they waste getting it right? and;
2. Are they doing this anywhere near ants?

Re:This is quite interesting (2)

Pizaz (594643) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469211)

Ants dont like Diet soda.

Re:This is quite interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469404)

While there are only artificial sweeteners in diet soda; Mentos contain sugar and glucose syrup, both of which attract ants.

Re:This is quite interesting (1)

honkycat (249849) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469406)

Yay moderators are on crack again! I'd say the parent is actually ON topic since it discusses a real technical concern related to the subject of the article. If you're going to try to do this yourself, you should think about whether the mess is going to be a nuisance and plan to clean up accordingly. One thing you don't have to worry about is ants drinking the diet coke, since it doesn't contain any nutritive ingredients to speak of. The Mentos probably contain some sugar, but not much compared to the volume of coke that spews out.

Re:This is quite interesting (5, Funny)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469520)

Are they doing this anywhere near ants?


I don't think ants would be very interested in diet coke... it's sugar they like, and diet soda doesn't have any. Perhaps they would go for the Mentos though... nobody likes an ant with bad breath.

Re:This is quite interesting (1)

greenegg77 (718749) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469649)

They use Diet Coke because there is no sugar in it - therefore it isn't sticky and ants wouldn't like it.

I've wasted several bottles in the past year. My son wants us to to pop Mentos and Coke if we're unable to pop firecrackers for the 4th of July this year...

Re:This is quite interesting (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469677)

Actually, it's not kudos, it's Mentos. Don't think a Kudos snack bar would fit through the neck of the bottle...

Re:This is quite interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469757)

1. How much soda did they waste getting it right?

Check out this [eepybird.com] one. :)

I would claim that not one drop was wasted in that experiment. Instant classic.

That... is the coolest thing ever! (5, Informative)

HellSpam (692342) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469191)

I've seen lots of cola and mentos experiments, but that was definitely the best one. Anyone who want to know how this works: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/000 00109 [stevespanglerscience.com]

News for Nerds... (4, Funny)

bsdluvr (932942) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469192)

...Stuff that matters.

By the way, does the diet coke react more in combination with the mentos, or are they just afraid of gaining weight?

Re:News for Nerds... (1)

Kindgott (165758) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469215)

You can use any soda, from what I understand, but diet sodas don't get as sticky. This is probably due to there not being any sugar or high-fructose corn syrup in diet as opposed to high amounts in regular soda.

Re:News for Nerds... (3, Informative)

Elemenope (905108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469392)

Also apparently diet sodas have a slightly lower viscosity due to the lack of sugar syrups, and so more poorly resist gas coming out of solution than regular sodas.

Re:News for Nerds... (1)

baldass_newbie (136609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469469)

and so more poorly resist gas coming out of solution than regular sodas.

You can just say they have a lower viscosity and we'll know what you mean.

Re:News for Nerds... (1)

Elemenope (905108) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469514)

Not everyone can be as erudite as you. A geek may have gaps in his or her knowledge, such as in chemistry, or politics, or computer science, such that when someone says 'lower viscosity' they don't automatically think 'retains gas in solution poorly'. I thought for a one line post a little extra explanation for those who took chemistry more than a little while ago wouldn't be so much of a burden for those who happen to know that mostly irrelevant piece of trivia (at least irrelevant unless you work at a DuPont factory, or just perhaps a Coca-Cola bottling plant). Perhaps I thought wrong.

Re:News for Nerds... (1)

jrockway (229604) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469511)

Diet Coke also is the most carbonated soda that I know of, so that probably makes it a "few percent better" than anything else (and thus its popularity). Plus, it doesn't taste very good, so you don't feel like you wasted anything. (This is why we don't have Guinness fountains; only Diet Coke :)

Re:News for Nerds... (4, Interesting)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469328)

Sugar in regular cola makes sticky mess - the diet version doesn't.

Be VERY carefull with this stuff... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469194)

ahref=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRBkQe_lwakre l=url2html-25385 [slashdot.org] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRB kQe_lwak> Seriously.

Working link (0, Troll)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469237)

clickedy click [youtube.com]

Re:Working link (1, Troll)

OctaneZ (73357) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469260)

oh come on, this has nothing to do with the posted videos.

Little test of my own (1)

CommanderEl (765634) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469214)

So, I am sitting here at work, with a can of Diet Coke and a packet of mentos. Mentos Diet coke /Looks around, quickly drinks diet coke and swallows mentos hehe I remember when I was younger, my brother and I would collect some empty softdrink bottles, put a bit of water in them, connect them to an air compressor and shoot them into the air. The reverse (shooting liquid into the air) looks like just as much fun.

Re:Little test of my own (1)

obscured_dude (884855) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469503)

Have you ever tried a Plastic PET bottle.... a few decent sized chunks of dry ice (solid CO2) fill the bottle up to half and after its all bubbling away happily screw the lid on....? :)

Oh geez, not this again. (-1, Troll)

Mikachu (972457) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469218)

I saw this on Shoutwire a while back, and people have been sending me videos of this over the internet for weeks. I tried it, it's kind of cool, but come on. It's getting a bit old...

Although, to be fair, this is definitely the best video I've seen.

Not practical (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469219)

The trouble with using soda to do what the Bellagio fountains do is all that soda and mentos would be too expensive to use on a daily basis.

This experiment is edifying from a proof-of-concept viewpoint, but has little practical use at present.

In actually interesting news, here's [upi.com] a tidbit about the asteroid that that Japanese space probe landed on.

Firefox + Mplayer = Not so good with this video.. (-1, Offtopic)

crossmr (957846) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469224)

While the vidoe was viewable under the above conditions, thats all my browser could do. All my other pages became inaccessable, and all I could see after minimizing and restoring the browser was just the video. Once the video ended my browser returned to normal operation.

Re:Firefox + Mplayer = Not so good with this video (1)

tehdaemon (753808) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469614)

same here.

Re:Firefox + Mplayer = Not so good with this video (2, Funny)

Nataku564 (668188) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469789)

Opera seems to have no problems with it. The only logical choice in this situation is to acknowledge Firefox's shortcomings, and upgrade to the better browser.

Re:Firefox + Mplayer = Not so good with this video (1)

niiler (716140) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469955)

Not a problem...I'm using a slightly older version (1.5.0.2) of Firefox with mplayer-plugin on a Slackware-based system and I had no such issues. It seems your milege may vary.

Cool! (1)

Pirogoeth (662083) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469225)

I've seen this trick done before, but never on such a grand scale! I hope those were waterproof lab coats...

For the curious... (1)

USSJoin (896766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469243)

Or those of you who have never seen Ocean's Eleven, the real Bellagio Fountains [google.com] .

The sequel will be 'feeding pop rocks to seagulls' (3, Funny)

ABeowulfCluster (854634) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469261)

.. to 'A flock of seagulls' music.

Name of the song? (2, Interesting)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469276)

Does anyone know what the name of the song and who made it? I like it.

Re:Name of the song? (3, Informative)

LandownEyes (838725) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469295)

It's by AudioBody [audiobody.com]

A small note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469292)

What on God's green earth made you think their servers could withstand a Monday morning Slashdotting?

From now on, please point your links to pages that do not contain embedded video, and contact the site owners before you hit that submit button. Give them a fair chance to find a mirror before you lure a geek stampede in their general direction.

See that small quivering thing in the corner? That's their sysop, losing his/her religion.

awesome soundtrack (1)

dimeglio (456244) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469332)

That's an awesome soundtrack. Is it original?

Re:awesome soundtrack (3, Interesting)

jaimekristen (979203) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469609)

All original, you can buy the cd or check out other songs at Audiobody.com

I thought this is about (-1, Flamebait)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469379)

Stuff that matters...

Re:I thought this is about (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469493)

I thought this is about (Score:1, Flamebait)

I thought this rating and Troll were supposed to be used when I'm trying to start a flame war.
I'm just being dissapointed that putting mentos in coke is what Slashdot editor consider stuff that matters.

PS: Don't mod me down further, you don't... ya know... wanna find mentos when you open your next coke. It'll be a shame.

Re:I thought this is about (2, Insightful)

zaydana (729943) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469643)

news for nerds...

Pretty cool, but... (5, Informative)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469381)

Ok, the experiment is a nice one to add to the list, but it's hardly "the coolest experiment ever".. I fondly remember two tricks when I was at college:

1: put some hydrocloric acid in an empty (plasic!!) soda bottle, add some aluminum foil, close bottle, throw away.
The bottle will start to expand and blow up making a very loud bang.

2: stack a tealight on top of two other tea lights, making a small pyramid. Light them and wait until the top tea light starts to fume and then the entire surface will burst to flames. Then, carefully throw a small amount of water in the top candle. You'll get a huge ball of fire 2 meters high. Nice way to make clear why you should never throw water in burning deep fryer.

Warning: these experiments are quite dangerous, so be careful, don't put your head above the tea candles, make sure you're at least 10 meters distant from the bottle, never use a glass bottle, think it through before you begin. Use common sense.

Any more cool DIY experiments anyone?

Before I forget... (important) (4, Informative)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469416)


If you want to repeat the experiment with the hydrochloric acid: don't get near to the bottle, even if it doesn't seem to work. The aluminum and the acid produce an exothermic reaction that goes faster and faster as it heats up. So at first nothing much seems to happen, but once the acid gets warm, the reaction goes a lot faster, adding much more heat, making the reaction go faster etc.... You don't want a bottle with steaming hot hydrochloric acid exploding in your face!!!

Also, the gas after the explosion does open up your sinusses, but I don't think it's healthy :-).

Re:Pretty cool, but... (3, Informative)

Masato (567927) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469435)

1: put some hydrocloric acid in an empty (plasic!!) soda bottle, add some aluminum foil, close bottle, throw away. The bottle will start to expand and blow up making a very loud bang.

ACK! Hydrochloric acid? That sounds like a Darwin Award waiting to happen. Liquid Nitrogen [google.com] makes a pretty "cool" bang without having to handle any acids.

Re:Pretty cool, but... (1)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469492)

ACK! Hydrochloric acid? That sounds like a Darwin Award waiting to happen. Liquid Nitrogen makes a pretty "cool" bang without having to handle any acids


Dry ice will work as well, and is probably easier to get/use than either liquid nitrogen or hydrochloric acid.

Re:Pretty cool, but... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469586)

And let's not forget vinegar and baking soda.

Re:Pretty cool, but... (1)

iamplupp (728943) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469587)

Or just baking soda and water...

Re:Pretty cool, but... (1)

Danga (307709) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469617)

Dry ice will work as well, and is probably easier to get/use than either liquid nitrogen or hydrochloric acid.

Even easier, just get some Drano, the original crystal kind. I had a lot of fun making "Drano bombs" when I was younger.

Re:Pretty cool, but... (2, Informative)

Brackney (257949) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469933)

Crystal draino, aluminum foil, and water FTW! FYI, the reaction is exothermic and makes scads of hydrogen so use caution.

Broken (0)

TESFox (620512) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469396)

Seems like the vids borked.... Slashdot effect anyone?

What about Carbon Aerogel? (5, Insightful)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469421)

from the eepybird website:

" If you have a liquid that is supersaturated with gas (like soda, which is pumped full of carbon dioxide), a nucleation site is a place where the gas is able to form bubbles. Nucleation sites can be scratches on a surface or specks of dust - anywhere that you have a high surface area in a very small volume. That's where bubbles can form."


Call me crazy, but what about using small bits of carbon aerogel? I know its expensive, but with 600 m^2/g [wikipedia.org] of surface area, it would be a perfect canadate!



Re:What about Carbon Aerogel? (1)

saucercrab (855892) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469565)

I think Activated Charcoal would be better, with 400 m/g - 1500 m/g of surface area, and it's readily available and relatively cheap. Take a hacksaw to a Brita, get some Diet Rite and go nuts.

Re:What about Carbon Aerogel? (1)

Glacian (674566) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469634)

Should work, but you would have to get the aero gel to sink in the pepsi, according to the explanation on the're site it work so well because the gas wells up from the bottom.

unsafe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469552)

so i take its not safe to drink soda and eat mentos at the same time?

Re:unsafe? (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469602)

Hard to say. Give it a shot and post back here with your results. If we don't hear from you in an hour or so we'll figure it's not safe. And should things not go well ... rest assured that your contribution to the totality of human knowledge will be greatly appreciated.

None of which explains... (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469576)

...why you can no longer buy Spearmint Mentos in the U.S.

Slowed the video down to sync it up? (2, Insightful)

vistic (556838) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469588)

The video [youtube.com] on YouTube...

I was wondering, the jet from the bottle actually doesn't last very long. And the jets seemed in sync with the music. And the jets lasted quite awhile (except for the big burst at the end of the video).

It makes me wonder if they did this at normal speed to a sped up version of this song... and then slowed the whole thing down to sync it with normal speed music... so the jets seemed to last longer?

Pretty clever and skillful stunt.

Not likely (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469724)

If they had slowed down the video, you would be able to tell by the way the guys were moving.
The Coke foam was obviously forced out of some sort of nozzle, perhaps something as simple as a hole in the lid. The spray certainly did not look like a simple gyser shooting out of an open bottle. The shape of the spray was wrong for that.

I would be more impressed... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469601)

if they quickly put 500 mentos into a 200 liter bottle of diet coke... now, that would be enough to coke the neighbourhood.

Good for Teaching Kids (3, Insightful)

natedubbya (645990) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469626)

I can see why most of you find this pointless for slashdot, but this soda/mentos idea has been going around teachers and science education lesson plans [wetheteachers.com] for a while now. It's very popular with science middle school teachers and it gets your average apathetic 12 year old interested in science. So maybe not great for grown up slashdot, but it's still great nonetheless. Would be a great video to show in classrooms.


Poor Web Design (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469750)

The placement of the comment modifiers on the right hand side of the screen is abundantly irritating. Now, instead of being able to tell a poster's intentions before I read the post I have to continualy flick my eyes all the way across my 20 inch monitor just to see if it's worth my time to read what may be a troll. For the love of god fix this.

You get a Donald Rumsfeld Aspartame Death Cocktail (-1, Troll)

gd23ka (324741) | more than 8 years ago | (#15469824)

"What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints?"

You get amazing and insane amounts of Aspartame. Now people have been at it warning about Aspartame for years now (it's a poison that attacks nerve ends, when heated such as in baked products etc. it will decompose into methyl alcohol which is another strong neurotoxin)... don't just take my word for it, you're sitting in front of a computer connected to the internet. Look it up.

And while you're at it, in case you're wondering why I'm calling it the Donald Rumsfeld Aspartame Death Cocktail, well Aspartame was discovered in 1965 by James M. Schlatter, a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company. Schlatter had synthesized aspartame in the course of producing an anti-ulcer drug candidate. He discovered its sweet taste serendipitously when he licked his finger, which had accidentally become contaminated with aspartame.

(taken from the Wikipeida Aspartame [wikipedia.org] article)

Safety testing indicated aspartame may cause brain tumors in rats; as a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not approve its use as a food additive in the United States for many years. In 1980, the FDA convened a Public Board of Inquiry (PBOI) consisting of independent advisors charged with examining the purported relationship between aspartame and brain cancer. The PBOI concluded that aspartame does not cause brain damage, but it recommended against approving aspartame at that time, citing unanswered questions about cancer in laboratory rats. In 1981, U.S. President Ronald Reagan appointed as FDA commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes. Citing data from a single Japanese study that had not been available to the members of the PBOI, Hayes approved aspartame for use in dry goods. [1] In 1983 FDA further approved aspartame for use in carbonated beverages, and for use in other beverages, baked goods, and confections in 1993. It happened that from 1977 to 1985 Donald Rumsfeld served as Chief Executive Officer, President, and then Chairman of G.D. Searle. In 1996, the FDA removed all restrictions from aspartame allowing it to be used in all foods.

But that's not the only thing caper Donald Rumsfeld has pulled off in all this years. His most recent exploit is the Bird Flu hysteria and a virtually unproven drug called 'Tamiflu' which is said to cause flu symptoms in the first place.

(Again from the relevant Wikipedia article on Tamiflu [wikipedia.org] :

Oseltamivir was the first orally active neuraminidase inhibitor commercially developed. It is a prodrug, which is hydrolysed hepatically to the active metabolite, the free carboxylate of oseltamivir (GS4071). It was developed by Gilead Sciences and is currently marketed by Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche) under the trade name Tamiflu. It is generally available by prescription only.

[...]

In November, 2005, U.S. president George W. Bush requested that Congress fund $7.1 billion in emergency spending for flu pandemic prepardness (the Senate had already passed an $8.1 billion bill)[12]. Bush's plan included $1.4 billion for government purchases of antiviral drugs[13]. Some commentators (e.g., [14]) question the motives of the U.S. government's endorsement and planned purchase of oseltamivir, noting Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's close ties to Gilead Sciences, rightsholder to the oseltamivir patent. Rumsfeld is a former chairman of Gilead, and federal disclosure forms indicate that he owns between USD$5 million and USD$25 million in Gilead stock (Schwartz 2005 [15]). The rise in Gilead's share prices from USD$35 to USD$57 per share will have added between USD$2.5 million to USD$15.5 million to Rumsfeld's net worth.

Go figure. Look, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you're interested then start digging. Rumsfeld is a good start. Oh and I guess since the entire "happening" as well as the media coverage that went with it is just one elaborate ad for Coca Cola and Mentos at least on slashdot I think it just backfired on them.

In case of slashdotting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15469948)

Here's the text from the page (posting anonymously to avoid accusations of karma whoring):

exceptions.OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/data2/revver/mediaStorage/27636/27636.mov' /home/revver/svn/Twisted/twisted/internet/defer.py , line 107 in maybeDeferred
105

106

        try:

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                result = f(*args, **kw)

108

        except:

Locals
args (PageContext(tag=, remembrances={'nevow.inevow.ICurrentSegments': ('broadcast', '27636', 'video.mov'), 'nevow.inevow.IRemainingSegments': ('13970',)}), ('13970',))
kw {}
f > /home/revver/svn/revver/trunk/revver/web/contentSe rver.py, line 252 in locateChild
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                        return self, ()

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                elif len(data) == 1:

252

                        return AffiliateDownloadMedia(self.mediaId, int(data[0])), ()

253

        def renderHTTP(self, ctx):

Locals
data ('13970',)
self
ctx PageContext(tag=, remembrances={'nevow.inevow.ICurrentSegments': ('broadcast', '27636', 'video.mov'), 'nevow.inevow.IRemainingSegments': ('13970',)})
Globals
AffiliateDownloadMedia /home/revver/svn/revver/trunk/revver/web/contentSe rver.py, line 162 in __init__
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                self.mediaId = mediaId

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                self.affId = affId

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                fd = os.open(mediaPaths.videoFile(mediaId), os.O_RDWR)

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                assert fd >= 0

Locals
self
mediaId '27636'
affId 13970
Globals
mediaPaths
os

exceptions.OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/data2/revver/mediaStorage/27636/27636.mov'
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