A Mythbuster Busts Religion

Adam Savage from Mythbusters recently received the Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from the Harvard Humanist Society. Part of his acceptance speech:

I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody’s going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you’re here. And when you don’t, well, you suffer the consequences…
While nobody’s going to take care of us, it’s incumbent upon us to take care of those around us. That’s community.

(via Unreasonable Faith)

A Fountain Of Diet Coke

I first saw the Mentos eruption on MythBusters, where they dissected its cause and also broke the world record with a 33 foot high geyser (or something around there).

  1. Buy a package of Mentos. They’re a mint candy that come in a cylinder wrapper. Get the regular flavor.
  2. Buy a big bottle of Diet Coke Cola. I haven’t tried other brands because I’ve read that brand works the best, but cheaper brands would probably work, too.
  3. Place the Coke on the ground away from anything you don’t want splattered. I recommended a radius of 10 feet.
  4. Take the top off the bottle.
  5. You want to put as many of the Mentos in the bottle at once as you can. A test-tube works great, else try to hold five or six between your fingers as a cylinder.
  6. Drop the Mentos in the bottle (the more, the better) and back away from it.
  7. Watch the fountain-geyser-eruption.

Your kids will have a newfound respect for you after this. They’ll be in awe.

There are a lot of videos available of the Mentos and Coke explosions. The domino one is fun to watch.

I imagine that exploding volcanoes will be a popular school science project this year.