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Old 05-01-2015, 05:19 PM
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What does molten lava taste like?

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Tastes like pain.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:26 PM
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It tastes like chicken . . . really, really hot chicken.
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It tastes like burnt tongue for a few microseconds.

Do you expect someone to answer this based on experience?

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Old 05-01-2015, 05:27 PM
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If I had to guess, I'd say the last thing you would taste is some combination of sulfur and burning meat before you succumb to the heat and poisonous gasses.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:28 PM
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Just curious.
I don't have the answer, but this is a really interesting question, thanks!

I'd WAG that it probably tastes similar to the way it would when frozen (like how, say, solid chocolate tastes very similar to hot/melting chocolate), so it would sort of taste like igneous rock.

Of course, obligatory pony.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:29 PM
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It tastes like burnt tongue for a few microseconds.

Do you expect someone to answer this based on experience?
https://youtube.com/watch?v=z0kVbXvId3A
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:32 PM
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Would you even have functioning taste buds for long enough to actually taste anything?
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:33 PM
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It tastes like ... burning.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:43 PM
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If you took a good draught of hydrofluoric acid first - you would,t notice the burning.
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Cardboard, silly questions are OK, but let's ask them in other forums than GQ. Don't do this again.

Given that limited research has been done on this topic (I hope), let's move this to MPSIMS.

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It tastes like burning.
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I burning your gob.
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Hot peeps.
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It tastes like chocolate cake.
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Well, your typical mafic lava (like you'd see in Hawaii) is about 50% silica and some mixture of magnesium and iron oxides (and incidental stuff like calcium and aluminum.) If your tastebuds could withstand it, I'd guess it'd probably taste kind of metallic and maybe a little rusty.

Tasting the contents of one of those "do not eat" desiccant packages garnished with rust might be a reasonable approximation.
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Cardboard, silly questions are OK, but let's ask them in other forums than GQ. Don't do this again.

Given that limited research has been done on this topic (I hope), let's move this to MPSIMS.

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Given that there are circus performers whose act includes licking red hot pokers, it appears the human tongue can survive brief contact with very hot things. Maybe there is a GQ answer to this after all.

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Given that there are circus performers whose act includes licking red hot pokers, it appears the human tongue can survive brief contact with very hot things. Maybe there is a GQ answer to this after all.
Leidenfrost effect

Only effective for a split second. A very split second.
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Given that there are circus performers whose act includes licking red hot pokers, it appears the human tongue can survive brief contact with very hot things. Maybe there is a GQ answer to this after all.
Unless we have such a circus performer on the board, the answers will consist almost entirely of jokes, so it's certainly better off here.
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We have Ianzin, who tends to know a lot about these things.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:40 PM
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It tastes like burning.
Thanks, Ralph.
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Or, if it's flowing, then it should taste like coconut and tropical fruit.
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Given that there are circus performers whose act includes licking red hot pokers, it appears the human tongue can survive brief contact with very hot things. Maybe there is a GQ answer to this after all.
Just for reference, the temperature of molten lead is 327 C (620F). a red-hot poker is about 750 C (about 1400 F)

The temperature of molten lava is 700-1300 C (1300-2400F)


People can do things with molten lead and red hot iron that are protected by the Leidenfrost effect, as running coach observes. I wouldn't count on it with lava.


I'm not sure you can get close to molten lava without being severely burned, even if you don't touch it. Kids wouldn't survive if the floor really was lava, and the third Star Wars movie wasn't a documentary.
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It tastes like Death.
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Looking up lava, I had to think for a second or two if I'd rather taste this, or the other thing the picture reminds me of.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:28 PM
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Just curious.
I'd say it tastes like nothing, since you'd be dead long before your taste buds would be able to register anything at all. I doubt there would even be any pain (not sure how you'd even go about tasting it, since just getting close enough TO taste it would kill you before you got into taste range ).
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It tastes like burnt tongue for a few microseconds.

Do you expect someone to answer this based on experience?
Well, considering some of the things I've read here --------------
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It seems like I once read about a man that had the misfortune to step in molten lava. His foot simply vaporized, apparently it didn't even hurt.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:15 PM
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I have wondered about many things in my life but never about this. Thank you for good laughs.
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Tasting the contents of one of those "do not eat" desiccant packages garnished with rust might be a reasonable approximation.
Just pop it in the microwave for a couple of hours first.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:33 PM
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It tastes like it smells.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:38 PM
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What is the pH? If we knew then maybe we can tell if it is bitter or sour.
Are there salts in it?

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Just for reference, the temperature of molten lead is 327 C (620F). a red-hot poker is about 750 C (about 1400 F)

The temperature of molten lava is 700-1300 C (1300-2400F)


People can do things with molten lead and red hot iron that are protected by the Leidenfrost effect, as running coach observes. I wouldn't count on it with lava.
So, you're saying that molten lava can be cooler than a red-hot poker?
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Regular supermarket "molten" lava is quite bland compared to the artesian fresh-from-the-dome stuff.
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I'd say it tastes like nothing, since you'd be dead long before your taste buds would be able to register anything at all. I doubt there would even be any pain (not sure how you'd even go about tasting it, since just getting close enough TO taste it would kill you before you got into taste range ).
Not necessarily. See here. A crust forms on lava, it's possible to walk on it. Someone is shown dipping a stick and getting a blob of lava on the end.
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Regular supermarket "molten" lava is quite bland compared to the artesian fresh-from-the-dome stuff.
I'll look for it in the inorganic section.
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A'a or pāhoehoe?
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:26 PM
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This is like asking what a bullet through the brain feels like, and just like that long before the lava actually made contact with your taste buds the convection heat would destroy them.
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a'a or pāhoehoe?
I think it would be AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!

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Well, lava is around 2000 F and your face is mostly water, which boils at 212 F. So I imagine it tastes like your head exploding in a spray of steam and burned meat.
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When I eat molten lava, which is not often (only on special occasions), I do let it cool a bit first.

I think it tastes like dirt. Or maybe rock.
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Way up there on the Scoville Scale, I would bet.
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It tastes like Death.
Hot death.

What do lava lamps taste like?
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:54 AM
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Hot death.

What do lava lamps taste like?
Kerosene. That's what the liquid in them smells like, anyway. The actual lava is just some kind of wax.
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:57 AM
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It tastes igneous.
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Death.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:21 AM
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Find a nice piece of basalt, or if your feeling adventurous some tuff or pumice, and suck on it. Now just imagine that flavour at 1200C.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:57 PM
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I don't know, but I bet if they served it in a restaurant, there would be one of those "hot" asterisks next to it.

Note: My mother would always caution us about hot foods by saying they were "hot", or "hot hot" or the dreaded "hot hot hot". She never went to four "hots", but I imagine lava would qualify.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:12 PM
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Not necessarily. See here. A crust forms on lava, it's possible to walk on it. Someone is shown dipping a stick and getting a blob of lava on the end.
It wouldn't be molten then. The OP is asking what molten (liquid) lava tastes like, and the answer is you'd be dead almost instantly if someone poured it down your throat, so you wouldn't have time to register a taste before shuffling off this mortal coil.
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:30 PM
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My guess is skittles.
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