Loc: Bay Area, California
PepsiCo, the soft drink's parent company, defended itself against a man who claimed he found a dead mouse in a can of the citrus soda. Experts called in by PepsiCo's lawyers offered a stomach-churning explanation for why it couldn't be true: the Mountain Dew would have dissolved the mouse, turning it into a "jelly-like substance," had it been in the can of fluid from the time of its bottling until the day the plaintiff opened it, 15 months later.
Forget legal disputes over canned vermin. The new question has become: Is Mountain Dew really so corrosive that it can dissolve a mouse carcass? And if so, what does it do to your teeth and intestines? Is Mountain Dew's classic slogan — "It'll tickle yore innards" — the world's most sickening understatement?
Key to Pepsi's legal argument is that there's no chance a mouse's corpse could survive, intact, for 15 months swimming in Mountain Dew. While published studies have not been conducted on how rapidly Mountain Dew would dissolve a mouse, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the neon green soda can eat away teeth and bones in a matter of months, and would likely do quite a number on a rodent.
I once found a mouse in a bottle of Mountain Dew. Really. But I had left the half full bottle of soda open in my truck. Apparently a mouse had somehow gotten in the truck and was probably very thirsty. He crawled in the bottle and drowned. I found him the next morning, fortunately I didn't take a drink.
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Not to be a spoil sport, but how much of a mouse would be left if it had spent 15 months in a bottle of water? Ever seen what is left of a drowned animal after just a few days? I actually had a live cockroach in a salad once. I didn't sue the restaurant, but a) I didn't pay for dinner (or eat it, either), and b) haven't ever eaten there again.
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There's an easy way to test this. First, catch a mouse. Second put it in a jar and pour in Mountain Dew. Seal the jar. Wait. Publish your results and get arrested for confessing to cruelty to animals. Perhaps catch a dead mouse would be better.
It seems to me I have seen something about putting a piece of meat in Coca-Cola and watching. The meat dissolves fairly quickly.
In retrospect, maybe we shouldn't have used so much hindsight.
Food and Drug Admin standards. Did a search on rodent - intact - whole with a result of a picture of Congress and the POTUS popped up. Hmmmm.
Another attempt at publicity or a quick money grab of a few grand.
I once found metal pellets in a container of ice cream. Reported it to Hood and sent them the carton and pellets, cleaned, of course. They investigated the matter and determined that in the warehouse someone decided to bring their pellet gun and do some shooting. Small entry holes on container were hardly noticeable.
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Loc: Bay Area, California
When I worked for the poultry company, I had to go retrieve a Value Pack of Half Breasts because a consumer complained someone had shot the bird with a "bow and arrow" to kill it and the arrow tip had lodged in one breast of eight.
By gawd, when I went to retrieve the product, there was an "arrow tip" lodged in a half breast one of the eight pieces of half breasts.
Turns out, on the production line, there are temperature probes that drop down onto the line and every few birds are "probed" by the temperature rod for a temperature reading and the tip of a temperature probe had come off and lodged into a bird.
The tips screwed-off of the rod so they could be replaced every so often and apparently, one loosened, and went home to a consumer.