346: Diet Coke+Mentos

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Revision as of 20:51, 4 March 2014 by Lcarsos (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Diet Coke+Mentos
The cola+Mentos trick is up there with corn starch+water (vibrating platter optional) in scientific coolness out of common kitchen supplies.
Title text: The cola+Mentos trick is up there with corn starch+water (vibrating platter optional) in scientific coolness out of common kitchen supplies.

Explanation

This is an irony using the popular meme of mixing Mentos into a bottle of soda. There was a period of time in 2007 when a large number of videos depicting this phenomenon floated around the Internet.

Cueball wants to show an incredible phenomenon to his friend, because it's "the coolest thing", but it turns out instead of fizzling Diet Coke everywhere, the friend's father magically shows up (presumably from the dead or from abandonment).

The title text shows that Randall considers (or at least then considered) this trick to be one of the two coolest tricks you can perform with normal kitchen supplies. The other is using corn starch and water to make a non-Newtonian fluid that reacts wildly with vibrations and impact.

Transcript

[Cueball and his friend are sitting on the ground, with a bottle of Diet Coke between them, and Cueball appears to be putting mentos into the bottle.]
Cueball: This is the coolest thing. You just drop the mentos in the Diet Coke...
Friend: Uh huh.
[Diet Coke starts to fizzle.]
Cueball: Give it a moment...
[Someone teleports into frame in a magic puff.]
POOF
Friend: D-Dad?
Dad: I'm back, son. We can be a family again.

Trivia

  • An alternate take appears in 1053: Ten Thousand.
  • The "corn starch+water" trick from the title text is illustrated here at what-if.
comment.png add a comment! ⋅ Icons-mini-action refresh blue.gif refresh comments!

Discussion

The title-text reads badly, for me, but indicates that the (traditional) trick as depicted is cool, to the author, along with the non-Newtonian Liquid demonstration. (Although that latter may also have been done to death by virtually every science-for-kids-or-fun TV show that go in for that kind of thing...) 178.98.31.27 03:46, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

I don't think the "Ta-daa" pose meant that Cueball was expecting his friend's dad to appear out of nowhere instead of the Diet Coke + Mentos eruption. 108.162.216.45 22:49, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

I think it should be noted that this comic can probably be read as an anwer the criticism of xkcd found here: http://webcomicssobad.blogspot.com/2007/11/xkcd.html 108.162.216.89 18:00, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
Personal tools
Namespaces

Variants
Actions
Navigation
Tools

It seems you are using noscript, which is stopping our project wonderful ads from working. Explain xkcd uses ads to pay for bandwidth, and we manually approve all our advertisers, and our ads are restricted to unobtrusive images and slow animated GIFs. If you found this site helpful, please consider whitelisting us.

Want to advertise with us, or donate to us with Paypal or Bitcoin?