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Monday, November 19, 2007

Coca Cola & Methos deadly mix

Updated 07-Mar-08
The reaction is real - Reports of resulting deaths are unsubstantiated and probably untrue.

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Make a Coke burst out at home.

In April last year a child, aged 10, a pupil of primary school Dante Alighieri from Sao Paulo, Brazil, died without any prior medical problems. He collapsed during a class.

He was offered first aid, but he died in a few minutes during the transport to hospital.


Bloated stomach, death due to suffocation.

The deduction established that his condition was caused by consumation of substances, that caused an explosion in his stomach.
A bottle of Coca Cola Light and subsequently a well known Mentos menthol sweet.

"The cause of the child's death was the mixture of the substances in the two foods."

Alexander B. Mergenthaler from the chemical institute I'Institute USP (France) verified and practically proved that the substance from Coca Cola "Light, Acesulfame K INS930, mixed together with the Menthos sweets, releases a deadly chemical reaction known as Ta9V4. In a very shorttime this combination produces and relaeses huge quantities of gas under high pressure-an explosion!

Even After this event and reports in various means of media provoked apalled public reaction, Coca-Cola and Menthos have issued no public statements.

Soft drinks contain carbon dioxide gas (making it bubbly). Until a bottle is cracked open, the gas cannot form any bubbles, and remains suspended in the liquid. When a soft drink bottle is shaken and opened, the carbon dioxide gas is released from the water, escaping violently from the bottle (along with the liquid). If you drop anything into some soft drink, just watch how quickly bubbles form on the surface. If you put salt in there, it foams up like anything, as lots and lots of bubbles form on each salt crystal. There are many water molecules inside this container. They all attract strongly to each other, and join to form a net around each individual carbon dioxide molecule – holding it down. To form a bubble, or even expand an already existing bubble in the liquid, the water molecules will need to push away from each other. When the Mentos is dropped into the soft drink, the gelatin and gum arabic in the dissolving candy easily breaks the surface tension. As a result, the net of water molecules is disturbed. Mentos candy has thousands of microscopic pits all over its surface. These pits are called nucleation sites, and are a great place to form the carbon dioxide bubbles. When Mentos is dropped into the soft drink, thousands of carbon dioxide bubbles are formed on the surfaces. Add to this the heaviness of the candies (they all sink to the bottom) and you have bubble overload!As soon as the gas is released, it pushes all the liquid out of the bottle in one go. There is a specific need to use the ‘mint’ variety of Mentos. The ‘non-mint’ variety does not work as well. Jamie Hyneman – from ‘Mythbusters’ (a science television show that investigated the phenomenon) – explains: “The ‘non-mint’ variety has a glaze on them, and they don’t work at all. It only works with the mint ones, because they have a matte finish. That surface serves as a little portal for the gas to escape through.” Also, there is a specific need to use ‘diet’ soft drinks for this experiment. Regular soft drinks contain sugar, and those molecules are very large. Due to the stickiness of the sugar, they hold onto the carbon dioxide molecules better – even when the Mentos is added. All you get is a disappointing fizzle dizzle. The other point in favour for ‘diet’ drinks: It leaves a less sticky mess (due to the artificial sweetener). Plain table salt on the diet soft drink has similar effect as Mentos on Diet Coke if not better. The largest reported ‘Mentos Fountain’ is almost 5.5 metres. VIA

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