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:
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:
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:
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 Snopes.com, which claimed to prove that this wouldn't work. Are you sure about that, Snopes.com?
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.