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Old 08-20-2010, 06:42 PM
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If I eat Mentos and chug a soda, will I explode?

Or at least belch really big.

If not, why not?
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:45 PM
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Expect a lot of belching.

You won't explode because the pressure required to open up your lower esophageal sphincter to let gas escape is orders of magnitude lower than the pressure required to cause you to explode.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:53 PM
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Expect a lot of belching.

You won't explode because the pressure required to open up your lower esophageal sphincter to let gas escape is orders of magnitude lower than the pressure required to cause you to explode.
Will that fizzy soapy stuff come surging up his throat?
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:54 PM
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Note that you have to swallow the Mentos without chewing it in order for anything to happen. Otherwise, you destroy the surface, and that's all she wrote.

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Old 08-20-2010, 06:55 PM
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You also have to swallow the mentos whole, 4 or 5 of them at once, in order to produce the effect, as well as chug the Diet Coke in such a way as to not lose its carbonation. Both of these might be a bit tricky to pull off.
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:03 PM
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Note that you have to swallow the Mentos without chewing it in order for anything to happen. Otherwise, you destroy the surface, and that's all she wrote.
Wouldn't your stomach acid destroy the surface immediately? So I think you'd need to hold the Mentos in your esophagus.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:23 PM
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Numerous Youtube videos demonstrating this are easily available (didn't link to any because they might be considered NSFW).
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:41 PM
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If not, why not?
It has to be Diet Coke. Others do not have the right ingredient mix.
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:41 PM
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Watch out for Pop Rocks, though. I friend of my cousin knew this kid...
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:47 PM
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Mythbusters #81: This myth is based on an Internet video where a guy swallows Diet Coke and Mentos and keels over, purportedly because it ruptured his stomach. The build team set out to see if this was reality TV or a work of fiction.

http://kwc.org/mythbusters/2007/06/e..._and_guns.html
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:13 PM
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Note that you have to swallow the Mentos without chewing it in order for anything to happen. Otherwise, you destroy the surface, and that's all she wrote.
Wouldn't your stomach acid destroy the surface immediately? So I think you'd need to hold the Mentos in your esophagus.
In my whole life, especially since I gave up chemistry to study mechanical engineering, I never thought I would want to have access to a dissolution apparatus.
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