And now for something completely different…
That headline seems like the set up to a bad joke, right? A mouse walks into a bar, orders a Mountain Dew soft drink and doesn’t walk out. But, no, this is no joke. Pepsi Co. is confirming that its legal argument in a court of law will be that the high caffeine soft drink is strong enough to dissolve a mouse.
Apparently an oil worker named Ronald Ball bought a can of Mountain Dew in 2009 and claimed to have found a mouse inside. Naturally he sued the maker of the soft drink, Pepsi Co.
Ball called Pepsi about the mouse and the company sent representatives to take possession of the dead mouse (and has since claimed they destroyed the deceased rodent) reports Pepsi attorney Samantha Unsell.
Ball is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages from Pepsi for the mousey dew but Pepsi says it is a scam by Ball. They have a reason, too.
Pepsi argued Ball couldn’t possibly have gagged on a mouse because Mountain Dew’s powerful ingredients would have dissolved the rodent’s body before the can ever reached the vending machine. By then, Pepsi’s experts insisted, it would have become “a jelly-like substance.” In other words, mouse jam in a can.
Ball has mousecharacterized his soft drink experience says Pepsi Co.
Now, imagine what Pepsi is saying here! The acids in Mountain Dew are strong enough to melt a mouse! Seems a bit unappetizing, doesn’t it?
But, wait. Is this really news? After all, a well-known old tip for housewives has been to use a soda pop as a cleaner for years and years. You can find said tip all over the Internet tubuals not to mention house cleaning tip books that go way back. For years both Pepsi and Coke have been used to clean rust, take the tarnish off coins, even clean toilets.
It really shouldn’t be any surprise that Mountain Dew is also a strong liquid, after all.