Mythbusters and exploding Coke: The viral video Web site YouTube.com is full of video that show people dropping mint Mentos candies into bottles of Diet Coke and watching the immediate shooting geyser that results. Sure, it’s fun to do and cool to see, but there has to be some science behind it. Enter Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, two guys in San Francisco – Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman – who put urban myths, commonly held beliefs and tall tales to the test. In a new episode airing Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT, MythBusters tackles this modern day myth with interesting results. According to Hyneman (he’s the mustachioed MythBuster), it’s a process called “nucleation”, in which the particular chemistry of the Mentos candy interacts with the chemistry of the carbonated Diet Coke, causing the carbon dioxide gas, or CO2, to suddenly come out of suspension in the liquid and make a break for freedom.
August 8, 2006 17 Comments