He's brave! Man wearing a suit made ofMentos is dumped into a pool of Diet Coke... with explosive results
There was a time when no childhood was complete without experiencing thefizzy-pop explosion of a Mento dropped into a bottle of Diet Coke.
The liquid would erupt into a fountain ofbrown froth, spewing soft drink in all directions as it reacted violently withthe chewy sweet.
But what happens when you dress a grown manfrom head to toe in Mentos and drop him into a giant vat of Diet Coke?
This group of Canadian pranksters couldn't wait to find out after spendinghours painstakingly creating a 'Mento suit' and stocking up on bottles of coke.
The stunt, created by makers of YouTubechannel Epic Meal Time to promote their upcoming TV show, begins with anapparently willing participant in the 'Mento suit' smiling nervously for thecamera before donning a scuba mask and snorkel.
He is next seen perching precariously on achair balanced above the tank of dark liquid.
Suddenly a tennis ball flies into shot andhits a switch, sending him into the drink with explosive effect. A powerfulreaction ensues as foam shoots in all directions.
The fate of the testee remains unclear, ashe is seen thrashing about in the sugary liquid before the video abruptly ends.
The reaction is caused by a process called nucleation, whereby the carbondioxide in the soda is attracted to dozens of tiny pores on the surface of theMentos, causing so much pressure that the soda erupts.
Any carbonated beverage will produce asimilar effect, but Diet Coke became the most popular after it was found toproduce the best results.
In 2006, TV show MythBusters concluded thatthe potassium benzoate, aspartame, and CO2 gas contained in the Diet Coke, incombination with the gelatin and gum arabic ingredients of the Mentos, allcontribute to the formation of the foam.
Although some scientists claim it is not a chemical reaction, rather a purelyphysical one.
However, the makers' decision to use fruitMentos instead of mint ones caused some controversy online.
Gawkerjournalist Jay Hathaway wrote: 'Fruit Mentos aremore eye-catching, but they have an outer coating that seals in the CO2 andmakes the reaction less explosive.
'The more porous mint Mentos, while lesstasty, will give you more bang for your buck.'