Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mentos...the Death Maker!

I was watching VH1's Web 20 show and there was a web clip of a British woman demonstrating that drinking soda then eating Mentos candy would make your stomach explode. On the clip the woman drank and entire 2-liter Pepsi and then ate an entire packet of Mentos. She jumped up and down and then her entire body exploded!! Her limbs were scattered all over the ground. Obviously this was a hoax, but it reminded me of the PopRocks urban legend and the the illeged death of Life ceral's famous little boy Mikey. Has anyone else heard of this myth? Maybe it is simply a derivitive of the PopRocks tale for the British.

UPDATE: Prof. Larsen here. I think we can easily dismiss the notion that eating mentos and soda together will lead to death or dismemberment. It does, indeed, sound like an interesting variation of the old coke and pop rocks stories.

However, this doesn't mean that one can't have some fun experimenting with mentos and two liter bottles of soda. See here, here, and here for examples (and even here for a lame attempt to conduct the experiment inside one's mouth).

Inspired by the ingenuity and idiocy we viewed on the internet, my kids and I spent some time this weekend trying to recreate some of the experiments (pics below). Whatever the results, it gave us something of an interesting reputation among the kids in the neighborhood.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can the mentos diet coke death problem be easily dismissed? Clearly there is a lot of pressure released in the mixture, if swallowed, where would that pressure go?

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The CO2 is released already into the air as you pour it, drink it, and as it contacts all the other surfaces on the way to your stomach...there is not enough CO2 left to cause this type of reaction down there.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it can indeed kill you. It would depend on the tightness of the stomach to esophagus "spincter". A person with a weak junction would vomit profusely, should that not happen I believe the stomach could tear open from the sudden and massive expansion of gas release.

9:28 PM  

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