Friday, April 28, 2006

Why Diet Soda, Mentos and Toilets Don’t Mix

This all started when I saw a video of someone pouring Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of diet soda. The result was a geyser of soda about 6-8 feet into the air. Fortunately, we were scheduled to film a set of tub repair videos later that same morning. Knowing I would have a film crew, I rushed to the local supermarket and loaded up on diet soda and Mentos. Lunacy generally loves to be recorded for posterity.

Intern, Greg, Prepares for Ignition

Diet soda and Mentos – the geyser

When I returned, I decided to experiment and, lo and behold, it actually worked. About two seconds later it dawned on me to try even greater amounts of soda and 20 packs of Mentos and mix them into a toilet. The messy result is the “Public Service Video” we are providing to the general public. Enjoy.

Give it about 10 seconds to load – the video is about 90 seconds long.

Diet Soda, Mentos, and Toilet Mix Video - Quicktime format

Diet Soda, Mentos, and Toilet Mix Video - Windows Media Player format

Of course, we would love to hear your comments and suggestions for other ways to creatively abuse and/or destroy our products. Any item can be considered for elimination: clawfoot tubs, pedestal sinks, shower rods – whatever. You can also choose your preferred form of obliteration: flamethrowers, giant bulldozers, dropping from great heights, etc. Post your ideas to the blog and we will take a look at them. If we get a particularly elegant and destructive suggestion, we might even fly you to lovely Hazleton, PA to help us execute the concept. Hey, we gotta get rid of the defective items somehow. You can also think of this as the intersection of performance art and sanitary ware.

If we get 100 comments and suggestions posted to this blog, I promise you we will do something much bigger and amusing.

OK, the lawyers told me to tell you not to try this, or any of the suggestions that are sure to follow, at home.