How strong is your Mountain Dew? You might find it hard to believe, but Pepsi’s Mountain Dew can not only kill a small mouse, but it can also completely dissolve it! In 2008, oil company worker Ronald Ball bought a can of Mountain Dew from a vending machine in his office’s building. When the 54-year-old Ball opened the can in question and took a drink he felt an immediate sickness coming on. He poured the rest of the drink into a styrofoam cup and realized there was a dead mouse in his Mountain Dew can. He contacted his lawyer and filed a lawsuit against them.
Pepsi made a desperate attempt to get rid of the lawsuit by claiming that their Mountain Dew product can kill and dissolve a mouse. A vet expert was brought in to examine the dead mouse and the contents of the fizzy drink. The expert, Lawrence McGill, said that Mountain Dew contains such a high acidity that it would be fatal for rodents. In fact, he explained that if a rodent was exposed to Mountain Dew for more than 7 days, its abdominal structure, bones, and cranial cavity would rupture. In fact, he stated that the only part of the rodent, which would be somewhat intact after 7 days would be part of its tail!
It was certain that Mr. Ball had opened his can of Pepsi a total of 74 days after it had been manufactured. McGill stated that a mouse would have been completely dissolved in the Mountain Dew by the fourth week after its initial submerging. By the eighth week, it would have looked nothing like a mouse and something like a gooey and jelly substance. McGill also stated that the dead rodent was less than 4 weeks old and that it was already dead when it had entered the can of Mountain Dew.
Ball’s attorney was not impressed, calling Pepsi’s legal motion “a poor dissent.” “It doesn’t say a lot about their product.” Pepsi’s attorney on the case declined all requests for comment.
Think about that when you go to grab your next Mountain Dew!