Thanks to Adam Savage of Mythbusters, we now know how to cool down a can of soda in less than two minutes, but we must stress that you don't try this method out at home.
It's officially spring, and that means the weather should start to warm up sometime soon. At least, we hope it will anyway. As fans of ice cold drinks, we can't wait for days to get warmer so that we can switch back from tea and coffee to soda and juice. However, to fully enjoy a soda on a hot summer's day, it needs to be ice cold.
Annoyingly, the temperature of our drinks is sometimes beyond our control, whether that be because you've bought a Coke from a store with a broken fridge, an unrefrigerated vending machine, or simply left your shopping out on the side. Sure, we can then place our drinks in the fridge or, even better, the freezer, but how long will we have to wait for it to cool down to a satisfying drinking temperature?
Turns out you're probably going to have about a 20-minute wait on your hands. At least that's what Mythbusters' Adam Savage has claimed, reports Bored Panda. Back in 2006, Savage answered a fan question on MetaFilter revealing that chilling a soda to a cool enough temperature would take 20-25 minutes in the freezer. However, he then went on to describe a few ways in which you can speed up that process.
"If you put it in a bucket of ice, that would halve that time. If you put water in that ice, it’d be cold enough to drink in about 4-6 minutes," Savage wrote.
However, he then went on to give the quickest way he knows to cool a soda down, claiming that it will get it to the perfect temperature for consumption in less than two minutes: spraying it with a CO2 fire extinguisher.
At this point, we would like to remind you not to attempt this method of cooling your sodas at home. While it might make for a cool segment on Mythbusters, it isn't a tactic we should employ in our own homes. By all means, place them in the freezer for 20 minutes or in a bucket of ice water, but don't try to speed up the process using a fire extinguisher. No one needs a cold soda that promptly, no matter how thirsty you might be.