While I had purchased the Mountain Dew weeks ago, we didn't have en evening free to do this particular bucket list activity until now. Hubby had to work late, and thanks to the nine inches of rain that poured down on us over the past three days, we didn't have any football, so after tae kwon do, a late dinner of mini calzones, and some brownies my 11-year-old son made for us for dessert, we decided to get to this exciting activity.
Exciting? That's an enormous overstatement. It was a major flop. You see, I found this super cool glowing bottle of Mountain Dew on pinterest.com and went to the website where it showed a believable video of a person pouring out all but about 1/2 inch of Mountain Dew from the bottle and then spooning in about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and three capfuls of Hydrogen Peroxide. Then he shook it, and it instantly glowed. Well, when we tried it, nothing happened, so we went back to the video to watch it together, and that's when I decided to scroll down to read the reviews. Boy, I wish I had done that before selecting this activity for our bucket list. Hundreds of people complained at how this was a flop. A couple people even said they had read about this hoax on snopes.com. I looked it up, and sure enough, I felt like a fool. Here's the link if you want to see for yourself: http://www.snopes.com/photos/food/mountaindew.asp. It shows the original video and a real one that proves, just like our experiment, that this does not work.
We had actually made three of these simultaneously, hense the empty Gatorade bottles. None worked, which is no surprise after reading the information on Snopes, so if you come across this video on Pinterest or Facebook, please share with others that it is an allusion and scientifically cannot work. We were bummed a little, but my kids were just thrilled that they got to drink a few sips of Mountain Dew as I would never have bought it otherwise. Here's a picture of one of our bottles. There is nothing exciting about it.
- It reminded us that we can't always believe what we see and the importance of thorough and accurate research.
- It is a hoax, so it's a complete waste of time unless you want to teach your children the lessons I mentioned above.
Cost: It requires three capfuls of Hydrogen Peroxide, which we had on hand and is very inexpensive anyway, and a tiny amount of baking soda, which we also always have on hand and is also relatively inexpensive. My only loss was the $1 I spent on the Mountain Dew because it was on sale; however, my husband drank it, so I guess the activity was almost free.
I'll be sharing this post at some of these parties here or here.