Coke bottle

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Q: What happens if you fill a bucket with water, and immerse in it a Coca-Cola bottle containing a small amount of liquid nitrogen?

A: Bad stuff.

Bucket and Coca-Cola bottle, after a liquid-nitrogen experiment.

(It is customary at this stage to note that the information presented on this page is for purely education purposes; that untrained people should not attempt anything quite this foolish; that I am not responsible -- and do not care -- if you blow yourself up or otherwise do yourself harm of any sort. To this standard disclaimer I add the following notes: we tried this -- drunk -- at a party, and it was very amusing, in a childish kind of way. We also tried to blow up a faulty vacuum cleaner in much the same way, but the effect wasn't as dramatic as on the bucket. Also, it was dark, so no pictures.)

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