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Candy Chemistry

Yesterday, I came across this post on BoingBoing of a guy making a geyser out of Mentos and Diet Pepsi. While the geyser itself was pretty cool, what got me was the fact that there is clearly a very amused monkey in the background.

I couldn't resist. The combination of making a giant mess/playing with candy and soda/chemistry was completely irresistable. Right after dinner we hit the liquor store and bought Mentos and Diet Pepsi. When we got home, we decided that the best place to do it would be in the shower, which is tiled nearly all the way to the ceiling. We set the bottle down in the shower, and I carefully poured as many Mentos as I could into it. The first bottle indeed exploded most satisfyingly, sending a fountain of effervescence all the way up to the window four feet above. The Baby Goddess was standing on the toilet jumping up and down and Ooooohing and Aaaaaahing at how cool it was.

I let the Pirate do the second bottle, and he put the mints in but the bottle tipped over. This turned out to be even cooler, as we got to see what it would look like if fire hoses squirted diet soda instead of water. We laughed and laughed, and then went to bed, completely forgetting to clean out the shower. This morning when I got into the shower, the entire floor was all sticky like the floor of a movie theater. Ewwwww.

The Pirate very graciously allowed me to shower first. Schmuck.


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Apr. 12th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
That is quite possibly the best use of diet soda ever. ...no, it *definitely* is.
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
That sounds like sooo much fun. I'm definitely going to try that at home. :)
Apr. 12th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm so glad there are people like you in the world! :-) This post is so funny and this sounds like so much fun do with kids and as a family.
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