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#1 Randoman

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 10:08 AM

The other day I was told about an experiment, where some one got a 1.5 Litre bottle of diet-coke and added a pack of Extra Stong Trebor mints... And it produced a 5m tall flow of coke. I didn't believe this...

So myself (Ben) and my friend Patrick decided to give it a go! :P

Here goes.

We first set out and brought a two-litre bottle of diet coke and some extra strong trebor mints! We did this without a camera! And we came accross one vital flaw - the mints were too big to go in as whole. So we broke them up, and we got a small flow of coke - no where near 5m tall! ;)

However, after eating a pasty and a cream doghnut we decided we would have another go! So we set out to buy some more ingredients!

We decided we would buy 1.25L of diet coke this time! We also decided to do two experiments so we brought two - as well as some Extra Strong Trebor mints and some smaller polos.

So we went back to Patrick's garden and tried again...

Here we are with everything set up:

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We first set off with the polo challenge!

Carefully unwrapping the polos:


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We slowly unscrewed the top:

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And then got ready to add the mints...

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And true to form my camera skills came to be known - and took a rubbish photo - but anyway!

Here is what happened.

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This was slightly dissapointing to us - as we expected more - so we added some mints (as we had only used one pack of mints) - and shook it up!

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And were dissapointed to find out that not a lot happened!

So we moved onto the Trebor mints!

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We then carefully opened the mints...

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And as we learned from the first time we did this experiment - the mints are two big - so we used the clever smashing up technique known as grinding them with a blue plastic tennis raquet!

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Side note:

All of these 3 photos were taken with a two second stage (sorry for the quality):

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Well at least we thought it was funny...

Anyway back on with the experiment!

We added the mints...

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We closed the cap and shook the bottle up! :D

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And this is what happened:

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And then finally stopped reacting at:

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We then reverted to see if we could get the 5m by hand, with some pretty spectactular results! :D

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So we may not have managed 5 metres - but we still had fun! :)

And just to show you guys where we did the experiments here is one final photo!

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We also are (maybe) going to try with different mints and different soft drinks - so watch the space! :D

We also need ideas for new 'projects' so let us know!

The great coke mint challenge was produced by Randoman and Goober.

#2 Indigo

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 05:45 PM

Man, you guys got too less to do at your free time!
Try some menthos next time ;) (videos here)

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 02:40 PM

That was pretty cool, i've done a couple of those at my school. Keep experimenting with stuff, theres always something bigger :D

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 08:37 AM

Haha I agree with indigo, but no harm done whatever floats your boat :D I suppose I would be saying 'cool cool' if it had worked as planned :D

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 12:43 AM

I suggest a 2liter diet coke and a pack of regular mentos :D That should work alot better. Nice experiment though

#6 Indigo

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 06:52 AM

But does it have any effect what kind of bottle it is? I've been thinking of trying this, but here in Norway we have slightly different bottles, and not 2L but 1,5L.

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 11:21 AM

lol nice i wanted that coke :P

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 12:02 PM

I have a suggestion, put a whole Mentos pack in a Coke bottle and quickly screw on the cap a quarter turn. Then shake the bottle until the bottle starts deforming. Take the bottle, cap towards the ground, throw the bottle toward the ground. The bottle will either explode or the bottle will take off. The bottles may travel a couple hundred feet.

I never tried this but I saw many videos on Google video about it.

Edited by Hacker-X, 02 August 2006 - 12:04 PM.


#9 Indigo

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 02:19 PM

Post link, please!

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Posted 02 August 2006 - 10:24 PM

http://youtube.com/w...p...ted&search=

http://youtube.com/w...p... and mentos

Those two should get you motivated :D

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 12:20 AM

hahah funny stuff, yeah the menthos seem to work real good!!

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Posted 03 August 2006 - 04:04 AM

Bill Nigh the science guy did this on the today show ( i probaly didnt spell his name right) Old 1990's show i was forced to watch in 3rd grade..

it worked on the today show this year I saw and it was pretty cool too..

Anyway good try and thanks for sharing the exp with us lol!

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 12:30 AM

Great story! lol. I've seen similar things done with mentos and coke, some vids are on youtube.

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 11:16 AM

I've done that before, never got as good results as you have.

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 11:22 AM

Hey guys..

Heres the video to the awesome coke experience!

http://www.break.com...epsimentos.html

They got a better result lmao..

Nice images thought! :)

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 11:25 PM

Funny enough mentos combined with jones soda caffinated mints has just exploded the bottle for me so far. I'm still trying for the over the house rocket.

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Posted 26 August 2006 - 02:05 PM

The human Diet Coke+Menthos
Poor dork. Don't try this at home, folks!




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