What do you get when you put 10,800 Mentos mints into 1,800 bottles of diet cola, setting off 1,800 geysers at the same time?
A world record -- or at least that's what the students and faculty at Louisville Male High School hope they were able to accomplish yesterday afternoon.
The school is trying to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest number of Mentos-and-diet-cola geysers set off simultaneously.
In order to break the record, the school had to exceed the 1,360 geysers set off in Belgium on April 23.
Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, about 1,750 students and 50 teachers and parents stood on the school's football field, each with a 2-liter bottle of diet cola at their feet and a roll of Mentos mints in their hands.
"When the scoreboard ticks down to zero, wait for the buzzer and empty the Mentos into the diet cola -- we all must do it at the same time," said science teacher Jeffrey Wright as he instructed students shortly before the event began.
Within seconds, all 1,800 bottles of diet cola were gushing several feet into the air as the students cheered loudly, some ducking for cover.
"I think we have a world record!" Wright proudly yelled from the stadium's press box.
The event was sponsored by the school's National Honor Society as a fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which houses families of critically ill children....
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
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