New Awesome Win!

by Jimmy Akin

in Curios & Humor, Science

Web_sci_mentos_1  Great new vid from the folks at! (CHT: GreenAutoBlog)

 Amazing new automotive fuel source . . . Diet Coke + Mentos! (Technically, Coke Zero, but, y'know.)

Behold . . . Experiment #321!

Impressive as always!

(And I had the same thought about a next destination as the guys in the video did, though I don't guess we'll get to see that one.)

Mind you, Experiment #321 is definitely awesome win, but it's no Experiment #214, which was truly epic win.

In case your memory needs refreshing, let's take a pause that refreshes.

Up from the archives . . .

You see? Totally epic! Experiment #214 is not only cutting-edge science, it also has amazing healing properties. It's the kind of thing that you want to keep bookmarked so that any time you're feeling down or hurt, you can watch it and remember how much there is to celebrate in the world.

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Tim J. June 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I love the crash helmet. Nice touch.

italian reader June 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

But… who’s going to do the cleaning?

Merick June 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm

You should see the videos of non-newtonian fluids on top of a speaker.

The Masked Chicken June 4, 2010 at 7:16 am

I was thinking about calling into Catholic Answers Live open forum when you are on, as I have some interesting (?) questions in apologetics that geeks would ask if they were listening to the program and if they weren’t atheists.
Question: would I be able to call in as Masked Chicken or would I have to give a real name and location? Are there FCC guidelines preventing chickens from calling radio stations?
The Chicken

Ken Crawford June 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

This experiment has “future engineering college competition” written all over it. I could imagine two divisions:
1. Unlimited division: You bring as much soda, mentos and as expensive a vehicle as you want as long as it is propelled by the mentos reaction.
2. Efficiency division: you’re allowed a fixed number of ounces of soda and grams of mentos and likely there is a cap on the expense of the materials for the vehicle, although one could imagine it wouldn’t be necessary.
I say this because my first thought was “I could do better than 220 feet if I had that much soda and mentos!”
Carbon-fiber (or Titanium) jet nozzles here we come!

Sherry June 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

There are people like me who would pay to lie down and allow the diet coke to fall into their mouths. Thanks for the laugh.

Jimmy Akin June 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Chicken: You’re more than welcome to call in to the show! If you let me know what day you’ll be calling, I’ll let the call screener know to expect your call (or you can say, “Jimmy told me it would be okay to use ‘the Masked Chicken.'”
Also, if you want me to have a chance to think about the questions first (::hint::better answers::hint::), feel free to e-mail me (jimmyakintypepad at gmail dot com).

The Masked Chicken June 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Thanks, Jimmy.
We just got done with classes, so I’m taking it easy for a few days (also, I just moved, so I’m still unpacking). I’ll try to give you plenty of lead time on the question of the week and I will try to keep the geek factor at about 7 (on a scale of ten). I will try not to ask technical questions that would take too long to answer. There may be some science involved, however. I will try to make the questions interesting.
It’s too close to the Thursday open forum date for this week to give you time to think about a good answer to my first geeky question so, probably next week or the following I’ll call (I’m on break, so I have free time). I’ll send you an e-mail a few days ahead of time to let you know when I plan on calling and the question I plan to ask.
I have to warn you, however, I’ve done taped radio interviews before (for Science Friday on NPR) without any problems, but I tend to be really nervous on live radio (as I found out the hard way when I called in a Protestant call-in show a few years ago).
Still, the geek crowd is massively underrepresented in asking apologetical questions, so it might be a pleasant change.
Oh, tell Patrick that I have a definitive answer to the question: what is the speed of dark (and I can prove it!).
The Chicken

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