There’s a new viral film breezing through the internet, demonstrating what appears to be a way to make ordinary soda glow. Only one problem, its a big fake.
The video claims that just adding baking soda and some hydrogen peroxide to Mountain Dew will result in the over-caffinated beverage achieving an eerie glow. However, closely watching the video, which is available on YouTube, shows that in addition to these ingredients, theres another item added to the Dew– the contents of a glowstick. The glow fluid goes into the soda, using sleight of hand, and the hydrogen peroxide activates the glow fluid.
Snopes debunked the prank with their own film.
So, while Mountain Dew might give you a huge caffiene buzz, it certainly won’t glow with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Side note: If you’ve ever made a glowstick “glow,” you know it involves bending the stick to break a glass ampuole inside, releasing the contents into the fluid outside the ampuole. It is the reaction between these two fluids that produces the glow. The glow fluid contains:
copper sulfate pentahydrate
And guess whats in the glass ampuloe? Yeah, hydrogen peroxide. Thats why the prankster needed to include the hydrogen peroxide in the Mountain Dew “experiment” as that is what activated the luminol chemical reaction. Nice try!
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