Last night I pulled into the driveway at Handsome's house with a backseat full, and I mean full, of groceries. There was stuff piled in on top of other stuff until I couldn't see out the rear window. Handsome and I got out of the Jeep and started to load ourselves up for the first of many trips inside with the groceries. As I leaned into the backseat to pull out yet another bag, I saw from the corner of my eye a two-liter bottle of Diet Pepsi slip from the plastic 4-pack holder and slide out the door. I took a breath to shout to Handsome to try to head the bottle off before it rolled down the driveway (which is a pretty steep little hill) and into the busy street beyond, but I never got the chance.
There was a crack as the plastic bottle hit the tarmac, and then a sudden loud Ffssshhhhssssss sound. Fizzing Diet Pepsi sprayed my legs, Handsome's legs, the Jeep, the driveway, and all the way into the garage through the open door. I leapt back, abandoning the bag I was trying to retrieve, and looked at Handsome in surprise. I looked around the driveway, but saw no sign of the bottle. There was Pepsi everywhere, but no bottle.
"Where the hell did it go?"
"Over there," Handsome laughed, pointing down the driveway.
I looked in the direction he was pointing and saw a trail of Diet Pepsi. It led away from us and down the driveway, all the way across the street (which has a breakdown lane on our side, so technically it was across three lanes) to the bottle, which was on the sidewalk over there, easily 50 feet away.
I looked at Handsome, who was a bit drippy with sprayed soda.
"How did it get over there?"
"It just ... went!"
Apparently the short fall from the floor of the Jeep behind the backseat was enough to shock all of the carbonation out of the soda at once. I found the cap beneath the Jeep, and it wasn't even cracked, it had been forced off due to the extreme pressure. The pressure had turned our bottle into a runaway rocket that had jetted across the street. Luckily there had been a break in traffic, or it could have been much worse.
Where the hell are the Mythbusters team when you need them to explain something?
Talk to you later!