Saturday, July 28, 2012

Glow-In-The-Dark Mountain Dew

Davina, my friend from high school, shared this photo on my friend Cate's wall on Facebook earlier today:

Having consumed a swimming pool or so of Mountain Dew over the course of my lifetime, I was immediately intrigued.

I was also immediately dismayed when I saw that the photo's originator (not Davina) decided to spell "voila" phonetically. I only realized that after I said the word out loud, because I could not, for the life of me, figure out what "walla" meant. Whoever you are, original poster, I do have to say there is a somewhat amusing je ne sais quoi to your naive gaffe, but at the same time it seems a bit declasse. I also have to say that that might be the bitchiest thing I've ever said in partial French, but your faux pas filled me with ennui, and I had no choice but to sneer.

Back to the soda, you hear a lot of urban legends about soft drinks. In a world where people will tell you in all seriousness that washing down Pop Rocks with Diet Coke will kill you, or that a tooth will fully dissolve if you leave it in a glass of Coke for three days, or that drinking too many sodas in a row will give you carbon dioxide poisoning, is it really so hard to believe that mixing together peroxide, baking soda, and Mountain Dew makes it glow? Especially when you know that mixing baking soda and vinegar makes a rather volcanic bubbling reaction?

I decided that the best thing to do would be to try it:

mountain dew glow experiment (1)

Since it was for science and I did pay $1.25 for it, I decided to drink 3/4 of the Mountain Dew rather than pour it down the drain. While I did have those rootbeer floats on the 4th of July, that soda was tempered by ice cream. This was the first plain old regular soda that I've had since New Year's Eve, and it was disgusting. It was all fizzy and felt harsh and burning in my mouth and gave me the hiccups, but I drank it for science.

Once I had the soda ready, I got some baking soda:

mountain dew glow experiment (2)

A spoonful of white powder! It's like Saturday night at Lindsay Lohan's house!

Anyway, I poured the baking soda in, and the Mountain Dew and baking soda mixture immediately started foaming:

mountain dew glow experiment (3)

Intrigued, I hurriedly measured out the peroxide, poured it into the bottle, put the cap on, and shook it while I ran to the bathroom to shut the door and turn out the lights.

While I was doing all of this, my friend Michael posted this link from, which claimed to prove that this wouldn't work. Are you sure about that,

mountain dew glow experiment (4)

Because my bottle certainly looks like it's glowing.

Especially since I set it down on top of that flashlight.

So, yeah, it doesn't work. But while I was in the bathroom, I spun around in front of the mirror and said, "Bloody Mary" three times, and she totally appeared in the glass and tried to murder me.

You know it's true, because I read it on Facebook.


Elizabeth said...

You totally had me fooled by the flashlight. Good thing I finished reading before I ran out and bought the ingredients too!

Cate Sforza aka absolutartist1 said...

LMAO! Dad's driving as I read this out lo us to him, and I'm sure the othwr drivers are wondering what's wrong as we swerve because we're laughing so hard!

Cate Sforza aka absolutartist1 said...


nan said...

So thanks for this post. I have seen this come across Facebook about three times. I am so glad you had the energy to test this. You almost had me with the flash light photo... but then, I know you too well I think. Plus, you used my favorite word earlier in the post and I was convinced AT THAT MOMENT (ennui) that this would not work. Yawn.

Joel said...

Nan, when I was in high school our French teacher, Mlle. Bissette, taught us French words used in English as a separate vocabulary category, in addition to regular French. I've always remembered "ennui" because she taught us a very long definition and then summed it up as, "depression, but French depression, which is more poignantly depressing because it's also French." "French depression" has always stuck with me as the definition ever since.

strong cookie. said...

are you saying that sometimes there are LIES on the internet?

stanford said...

I desperately wanted this to work. Thanks for saving me the time and disapointment.

Marcheline said...

The best part of this experiment was you tasting Mountain Dew and not liking it any more. Okay, the flashlight picture was pretty good, too. 8-)