Introduction: How to Make a Can of Soda Explode

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I made a pop can pop!

Step 1: Step One

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Live in up north (Rochester, NY for example).

Step 2: Now, Prepare the Can for Explosion

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Leave it outside in the middle of winter (good idea, right?)


Step 3: Retrieval of Can

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Now go outside and get the can...with any luck it'll look like mine did. Hoorah--water expands when it freezes!

--FYI, I didn't do anything to the can but move it to take pictures; this is how bent it was when i picked it up


CybergothiChe (author)2008-11-11

do you think that a soda can would expolde if you put it in a paint agitator (shaker thing they have at the hardware store) for long enough?

dla888 (author)CybergothiChe2009-10-31

It might work. If it does rupture it probably will at the part where the tab is.
When i was younger, me and one of my friends tossed a plastic bottle of Sierra Mist back and forth untill it exploded... in my hands. It was quite dramatic, the lid shot off, it didn't hit me.

Jamie bagn (author)dla8882009-11-04

I was board one day and decided to kick a bottle of coke down a hill, it hit a rock and exploded

P.S. i found the bottle of coke and it hadn't been opened 

seabananers (author)Jamie bagn2010-06-05

then why the hell didn't you drink it hobos with computers and good typing skills like me need that stuff to live don't waste

drawe21 (author)CybergothiChe2009-03-14


CybergothiChe (author)drawe212009-03-14

no? did you try it?

dodo91 (author)CybergothiChe2009-03-20

weird name. crazypoop? where did you think of that? was it a last minute name? not trying to sound rude. sorry if i am.

CybergothiChe (author)dodo912009-03-21

yep, last minute name indeed...but what is not to like about CRAZYPOOP!

dodo91 (author)CybergothiChe2009-03-22

Nothing. it just sounded like last minute, like mine. i just thought of what i like, add a number and BAM, a name!

CybergothiChe (author)dodo912009-03-23

just like that? in

dodo91 (author)CybergothiChe2009-03-31


CybergothiChe (author)dodo912009-04-01

you are quite welcome...

Same here, only mine is more of my personality at most times. Most times I'm reading a book (Stephen King).

GreenDay (author)2008-06-18

You can acheive similar effects if you leave a car in a dark car on hot days (+35oC)

ac1D (author)GreenDay2008-06-18

mithbuster said no

lukeyj15 (author)ac1D2008-08-28

It's spelt Mythbusters

ac1D (author)lukeyj152008-08-30

+1 sorry for the mistake.

lukeyj15 (author)ac1D2008-09-02

No worries mate

riyad2212 (author)lukeyj152010-04-25

Oi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dodo91 (author)ac1D2009-03-20

they said yes, not no. remember? this was the myth: a women went shopping. she put biscuit dough in her car, and then went shopping some more. she put all the stuff behind her. she got in. she herad a noise, like a gunshot. she felt a hard hit in the head. she touched the back of her head. her "brains" were coming out. she held her hand to her head until the paramedics arrived. they pulled her arm away, and they found dough. they tested it, and it worked. it does happen. with soda, im not quite sure.

Gamer917 (author)GreenDay2009-03-10

thats biscuit dough, not soda

theRIAA (author)2008-06-18

you'd get a much better explosion if you heated the can up to 200 degrees F in a double broiler and threw it at wall.

mikeasaurus (author)theRIAA2008-06-18

to further this thought: Take an old pop can that's been opened and fill with water, boil on stove top, then use tongs to grab it and drop in a bucket of cold water. Not as impressive but it's science!

mikeasaurus (author)mikeasaurus2008-06-18

Also Rochester, isn't North. I'll play the patriot card and just say: Canada

anor09 (author)mikeasaurus2008-06-18

Well yeah, but it's cold enough here in the "Rocha-cha"

mikeasaurus (author)anor092008-06-19

I was just kidding around. Believe me, Rochester gets much, much colder than it does here in Vancouver. Sometimes I wish we had snow like you guys do in the East, the trade off is mild weather, but rain in the winter.

Sometimes you just can't win. Lucky me I don't mind rain I guess.

anor09 (author)mikeasaurus2008-06-21

Weather here's crazy, too unpredictable

codongolev (author)anor092008-07-06

try northern ohio. :P

dla888 (author)codongolev2009-10-09

Try Nome, Alaska

.happy.hippie. (author)dla8882009-10-31

weather here in st. louis MO changes hourly

dla888 (author).happy.hippie.2009-10-31

I wish nome was that way. When we get rain, It'll probably be raining for several days. Once we had a month of rain. Then again that could be a pain. It's sunny, now it's raining.

Here in WI, 20- has been recorded. 2 ft of snow. 2 FT!!!!!!!

Kiteman (author)mikeasaurus2008-06-20

Pop-cans are old hat. You ought to try it with something slightly larger.

PSPerson (author)theRIAA2009-07-15

its double boiler... not broiler

theRIAA (author)PSPerson2009-07-16

dude i don't know what you're talking about

it's a double broiler

check out all doublebroilers

PastTheVoid (author)theRIAA2009-06-19

ASPLOSION! That might hurt though... I'm going to do it.

bumpus (author)2008-06-18

Or even better, just throw it in the freezer, but why waste soda, and get the inside of your freezer all sticky

PastTheVoid (author)bumpus2009-06-19

That my friend, is what pressure washers are for.

milamber (author)2009-03-02

u sure those cars arnt phoyo shoped ?

becauseican (author)2009-01-28

i had a can of fresca in the back of my dads truck. it looked like it would explode. a couple days later we thoght we heard a gun shot but sure enough the can exploded

necropolian (author)2008-08-14

or just put one in your freezer.

clockman (author)2008-06-19

I've found that a camp fire works pretty well plus then you get a cool charing effect! also it makes cleaning easy

NeonLime (author)2008-06-18

u Live in rochester NY? ;o

Charles IV (author)2008-06-18

Actually water contracts while its getting cooler and then expands when it crystallizes.

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