October 17, 2010

Philippines Sets New World Record for Mentos Soda Geyser/Fountain

The Philippines has broken the world record for the most soda fountains/geysers and I was a part of it. The previous record by Mexico is 2,433 soda fountains.
Philippine Successful World Record Attempt at SM Mall of Asia for the Most Soda Fountains

The Philippines now holds the world record and produced exactly 2,856 soda geysers simultaneously. The 2,856 participants are mostly students from Rizal Technical University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Adamson University, University of the Philippines,  Jose Rizal University and company employees of Benby, Coca-cola and Perfetti Van Melle took part in record-breaking event at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Mentos Fresh Burst Geyser Logo
Program Schedule
There were lot of preparations in joining this event. The organizers really wanted everything to be perfect. They had a sample/simulations shown to each participant in groups. Some were picked to participate in the simulation and some just watched. Good thing I brought my umbrella.
Preparing for the Simulation
Putting on Raincoats for the Simulation
Mentos Coke Zero Geyser Simulation
Sunset came and everyone is asked to prepare. We queued at the back and waited group by group to be called.
Sunset, preparing for the blow up
Wore raincoat for body and feet
There was also appearances of Internet sensations, Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of EepyBird before the record attempt. They became famous through their “Extreme Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments” video.
Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of EepyBird Performing
Watch this record breaking attempt produced by Yahoo! Southeast Asia reporter Jason Domantay. 

How does a Mentos Soda Geyser/Fountain work
According to the duo, the whole Coke and Mentos experiment came about simply through sheer curiosity, “The phenomenon of Mentos geysers started 20 years ago, we tried it and unlike other people, we actually spent six months coming up with experiments, then 48 hours after making and uploading our first video, our lives were changed forever,” shares Fritz, who was a mathematician and professional juggler before becoming ½ of EepyBird.

To produce soda geysers, Mentos candies are drop into a soda bottle causing a physical reaction between the soda and the sugar from the candy, seting off “soda fountains” or "soda geysers".

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