Loc: Lancaster PA USA
You need to watch Mythbusters, Carp!<br><br>They devoted a good part of an episode to the Diet Coke/Mentos thing.<br><br>It depends on a number of factors, the main one being a process that happens around what are known as <A HREF=http://eepybird.com/science1.html>[color:TEAL]<U>nucleation sites</U></FONT></A> (This is the website by the guys who started the whole phenomenon). It's the same thing that causes bubbles to form grow and rise from the side of a champagne glass. With Mentos and Diet Coke, it just happens really fast.<br><br>
What a riot. That is the best pic I have seen of Diet Coke/Menthos. It looks like you captured it with 90% of the diet coke in flight. <br><br>Congratulations. My interest in science at that age usually left me without eyebrows. This looks a little safer.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mythbusters lost credibility with me when they tested the myth of de-pressurerization - seen in movies when someone shoots a bullet in a airplane. They tested this myth in a plane that was pressurized at 5,000 AGL - but the plane was on the ground <-- not in flight at speeds of 300 mph and <-- not at 30,000 AGL which are the true contributing factors of de-pressurerization - They botched the test IMO<br><br>Bottom line<br>Mythbusters should stick with old wives tales and stay out of physics .<br><br><br>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
So write 'em an email about it, Carp. They revisit old experiments regularly. Explain your points, and make suggestions about how they might do it better. If you can.<br><br>And I kind of take umbrage at your flat out dismissal of them just because you think they botched one experiment where you think your knowledge is more thorough than theirs.<br><br>I'm pretty damned well versed in a wide range of the sciences, and I can spot bullsh°t science a mile away.<br><br>Those guys are the real deal, they know their stuff, and they make every attempt to do real science where it serves to help prove or disprove a conjecture. Do they always get it right? No, and they fully admit it. That's why they're willing to modify their tests and try again. They enjoy finding the truth, and they like being surprised when something behaves in a way they were completely unprepared for.<br><br>As for the explosive decompression experiment? Whether they replicated exactly the forces as they would exist in a real bullet-through-the-hull-of-a-jetliner-in-flight situation or not is kind of irrelevant to what they proved, that is: What we've seen in the moviesówith people being pulled fully horizontal by air pressure, and big stuff being sucked out of small holesóthat's pretty much just a bunch of Hollywood bunk. Even at 30,000 feet and 500 mph, that wouldn't happen.<br><br>
I saw that myth busters about explosive decompression and I don't see where you have a bone to pick. Of course they are not going to shoot a window out at 30,000 feet at flight speed. But they did the next best thing. They increased pressure until the differential was the same. The air exiting the broken window would be the same. And the air speed would make no difference. <br><br>They proved that the movies always have it wrong. We all knew that. I always laugh when they have an explosive decompression in a movie.<br><br>There most interesting was the guy that joked around and bounced against a window in an office tower. The window popped out and he fell to his death. They worked it and worked it and discovered that a building under positive pressure (which the VAC system can do to a building) will help pop the window out.<br><br>I've never had a fault with their show. They don't exaggerate and they explain everything. (They do extend the parameters until they can duplicate the myth but this is only to show how the myth is BS.)<br><br><br><br><br>
i haven't heard of them before, but i am going to start using tivo on the show. i see that they're looking at whether Ninjas can walk on water. if they try and tell me that this is a myth then i will no longer watch the show because i'll know they are losers.<br><br>--<br>"I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country" --president bush on 9/27/05
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