Monday, September 17, 2007

Sheikh Yersoda

If you know any old wives, they've probably told you the Tale of the Shaken Soda Can Tap. Today alone I've gotten two emails about it.

The story goes like this: If some bastard shakes up your soda, and you don't want to be wet as a Mento, simply tap the side and/or top of the can a few times and you can safely open it.

People. Trust your faithful and friendly correspondent:

Make no mistake, this trick does work. The same way tapping your head after you drink the soda will eventually make you piss.

In other words, it's not the tapping that works the magic. It's the time it takes to tap.

Soda packaging technology has come a long way. For years, soda's been canned such that all you have to do is wait 20 or 30 seconds after shaking for the pop not to pop. (It's probably less than 20 seconds, but who wants to experiment?)

Speaking of the tapping/time equation, I've always believed that the pleasure of smoking comes not from the tobacco, but from the fact that smoking forces you to stop and take long, deep breaths. God, I miss smoking.

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