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Hit-Or-Miss Humor Science Video

These Guys Built A Rocket Using Nothing But Butane And A Coke Bottle

You shouldn’t try this at home. Playing with butane gas is never a good idea. Butane gas is extremely flammable — its primary use is to start fires. If not used in a well-ventilated area, butane gas could blow up your house. If you try this and send it to us, we will not acknowledge your existence.

Thanks to the dozens of previously attempted experiments found on the Internet, it’s become public knowledge that if you top off a half-full Coca-Cola bottle with butane gas, and then flip the bottle, a spontaneous reaction occurs that causes the bottle to take off like a rocket.

It’s pretty damn incredible. But also dangerous. It’s especially dangerous to attempt any type of science experiment without wearing protective eyewear, which these guys did not use. It’s dumb. But also entertaining. Sort of.

So, now that the cat’s out of the bag, let’s explain the context of this experiment.

Butane has a boiling point of 0° Fahrenheit — for perspective, water boils around 210°Fahrenheit. Since butane is stored in metallic containers under extremely high pressure, it becomes liquid once the valve is pressed.

Liquid butane is not soluble, meaning it doesn’t dissolve. It will sit on the top layer of the Coca-Cola. Once mixed, the soda causes the butane to try and escape the bottle rapidly — creating a propulsion effect.

Ironically, this isn’t a chemical reaction — it’s actually the exact opposite. The butane doesn’t mix with the soda, so it literally turns to gas and evaporates. Chemical reactions occur when two substances combine.

The final product, however, does not leave the viewer disappointed. If you’ve never seen this experiment before, it definitely has some shock value.

What’s even better, is that we might have actually learned something out of such hijinks.

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Cravings Health

7 Surprisingly Dangerous Foods For Pregnant Women And Babies

Sushi and alcohol may be the obvious culprits, but you’d be shocked to learn there’s a much broader list of foods and drink to avoid when you’re expecting or feeding a baby. Keep those cravings in check with this guide.

1. Caesar Salad

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This classic dish contains one potentially harmful ingredient in its dressing: raw egg. Consumption of undercooked yolk may result in that familiar bacterial strain known as Salmonella.  Often associated with raw chicken, avoiding infection means cooking eggs above 160-degrees. Too bad cooked dressing isn’t trending.

2. Parsley

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A seemingly harmless herb, this infamous garnish is not recommended. Ingesting an abundance may encourage uterine contractions. In layman’s terms, it’ll lend itself to an early delivery. While consuming an excess of anything is never recommended, it’s easier to avoid this green altogether than wonder how much is in that batch of pesto.

3. Deli Meat

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Cold cuts, bologna, and we might as well throw charcuterie in the mix– sandwiching these slices can be a cause for concern. It’s not so much the mom-to-be as much as it endangers the unborn child. The chances of acquiring Listeria are generally low, but expectant mothers are more at risk and may pass it along to baby. Complications may occur, leaving the child with complications. Or worse, resulting in death.

4. Water

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Odorless, colorless, and without taste; babes in arms should not be drinking tap water. Newborns aren’t known for their immune systems, and receiving infections from drinking water would likely spread throughout their bodies and affect multiple areas of their already fragile body. In addition, for every time they pee, they’re losing sodium. Sodium loss causes seizures and brain swelling. Seriously.

5. Cinnamon

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We know, we know. That fun stick in our spiced cider can’t possibly be bad for you. For all the benefits it seemingly promotes (fights off colds, acts as a bug repellent, cures athletes foot, etc.), excessive use results in premature labor.

6. Juice

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Specifically, unpasteurized juices are not baby’s preferred beverage. You won’t always know if what’s being offered has gone through the process, so just avoid the option altogether. Need a good reason? Diarrhea. Yeah, we knew that would shut you up.

7. Eggs Benedict

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Before you diss poached eggs over ham and English muffins, remember what this brunch staple is dressed in. Hollandaise is the enemy, so get irked because of that. That’s just bananas, if you ask us. See Caesar salad if you’re seeking more justification.

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Health

News Flash: Turns Out Doing the Cinnamon Challenge Is Really, Really, Really Bad For Your Lungs

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It’s been a hot second since attempting to dry-swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon was considered “hip” and “funny,” and while that most likely has got something to do with the internet’s ever-dwindling attention span, it could also just be that practically choking on tiny grains of spicy sand actually kind of hurts, a lot.

A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics reports that, in addition to the teary eyes and burning throats that anyone who’s tried the challenge is already pretty familiar with, repeated attempts may result in “long-lasting lesions, scarring and inflammation of the airway,” or even collapsed lungs, according to USA Today.

This is because cinnamon is made up of cellulose fibers that don’t dissolve or biodegrade in the lungs, so not only have you got that awful dry, sputtering feeling in your mouth, you’ve also got a veritable sand storm just building up in your insides. Mother News Network also reports that Cinnamaldehyde, the compound that makes cinnamon taste like cinnamon, is often used as a pesticide and fungicide and that the EPA warns of acute toxicity, eye irritation and skin irritation when using it.

The team behind the study blamed the dare’s popularity on the internet, particularly over the course of the past year, which saw over 2.4 million Google hits just in the first half of 2012 alone, according to the LA Times.

Granted, since it seems the world has moved onto the Condom Challenge, this study may be too little too late, though chances are we the media have just upped the street cred of everyone who’s ever successfully completed the damn thing, as well as given a whole new generation of netizens another reason to try it again tonight. Oops?*

H/T Consumerist, USA Today + Picthx Hello Celebs

*Foodbeast does not condone intentionally trying to spice-choke yourself for the lulz.