Can Mountain Dew turn a mouse into jelly?

by KelsiDayle on Jan. 06th, 2012

You can't make this stuff up. As reported in a recent Scientific American article:

"PepsiCo, [Mountain Dew]'s parent company, defended itself against a man who claimed he found a dead mouse in a can of the citrus soda. Experts called in by PepsiCo's lawyers offered a stomach-churning explanation for why it couldn't be true: the Mountain Dew would have dissolved the mouse, turning it into a 'jelly-like substance,' had it been in the can of fluid from the time of its bottling until the day the plaintiff opened it, 15 months later.

Forget legal disputes over canned vermin. The new question has become: Is Mountain Dew really so corrosive that it can dissolve a mouse carcass? And if so, what does it do to your teeth and intestines?"

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

If the Buzzketeers can decompose a pig and make a chicken mummy, I see no reason why we can't make a jellied mouse. I think this is a job for JGordon or Thor. (And it's one we keep below the radar, and just report on after we're done!)

posted on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 12:44pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Hmm ...

But who wants to wait 15 months for anything? Couldn't we just get something 4 times as acidic, and just wait 1/4th the time?

posted on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 5:19pm
Courtney.U's picture
Courtney.U says:

Oh my goodness. What in the world is that all about? It really does make you wonder what the soda will do human bodies if the company claims that it will turn a mouse into jelly. This is some pretty scary stuff.

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    This is a pretty disgusting thought that really makes us wonder what Mountain Dew can do to us if the company is going mobile and claims that it can turn a mouse to jelly.

posted on Sat, 01/07/2012 - 11:25am
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

What I want to know is how other sodas compare to Mountain Dew... I mean, I don't drink Mountain Dew, so does that mean I'm scott-free? Or is Dr. Pepper (my favorite) just as bad?

Anyone looking for a neat science fair project?!

posted on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 3:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Wow.....I liked Mtn. Dew but what does it do to ur body

posted on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 1:15pm
tcnaturalist's picture

Not really scary at all. Worrying about what this will do to your insides is very different from what it would do to something placed into it for over a year. Soda pop is acidic. Mountain Dew has a pH of about 3.22. Your stomach acid has a pH of around 1. (Lower numbers are stronger) Since pH is a logarithmic scale, a pH of 1 is 100 times more acidic than a pH of 3.

In other words, your natural stomach acid is 100 times more corrosive and acidic than Mountain Dew. There are are other health issues with these drinks from the extra calories they provide but worrying about how acidic they are once they are in your body seems silly since they are LESS acidic than the stomach they go into .

posted on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:31am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

That's what I was thinking about. I mean, I've found that mice turn to jelly in just a day or two in my stomach, so 15 months in a can of soda doesn't seem that impressive.

I'm sure there's plenty about Mountain Dew and its friends that you should avoid, but low pH doesn't seem that scary. Plain ol' lemonade, after all, is way down at 2.5.

posted on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 11:51am
Zeek the Geek's picture

...but your stomach acid doesn't normally wash over your teeth (unless you're not feeling very well). Teeth are the big losers when it comes to drinking a lot of corrosive or sweetened drinks.

Here's a link to science-fair type study of the effects of soda on tooth enamel:

http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2007-04-24/swains-corrosivesodas.html

posted on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 4:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Wow this is a very interesting article. Its crazy how sometimes soda can do to our body and also mammals!! Good thing that I only drink water!

posted on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 8:25pm

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