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Old 12-17-2007, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Would baking soda and soda pop kill grass?

I'd like to show my little cousins what happens when you mix Mentos and soda. I figured the baking soda would decrease the stickiness of spilled soda in my grandma's lawn, plus I'll wash it away with a hose.
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Old 12-17-2007, 05:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Depending on the amount of baking soda used, it might cause long-term problems in the soil by lowering the ph levels if you spill it directly on the ground. It's an alkaline, and some sorts of grass can be sensitive to those. If there's enough of it, it could shock the plants pretty badly and maybe even kill them. It might also poison the soil.

It could also cause it to grow better, to, with the right species. The soda really shouldn't do anything since it's basically sugar and water, and the mixture of the soda and baking soda shouldn't cause any longterm effects.
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do it in the street instead.
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I did this on my grass.

Everything was OK.

Dog shit and cat pee is a much bigger problem than a little Baking soda and cola
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Me? I like it when Jazz talks all scientific about what essentially is a managed weed on our pretentious suburban front lawns.
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Me? I like it when Jazz talks all scientific about what essentially is a managed weed on our pretentious suburban front lawns.
I used to manage the really tall weeds for a living, and I had to know something about the shit growing underneath them.

Thankfully for everyone, I'm too lazy to actually work hard, although I do have a good story about a guy dropping a eucalyptus biscuit (a horizontal cut of wood about 3' in diameter and a few feet thick) out of a crane harness and through a house hard enough to crack the foundation. 3 levels of cratery goodness.

Just in case you were wondering...
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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HAHAHA! Touche!

Trees aren't weeds! They're beautiful. I wanna touch 'em all.
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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HAHAHA! Touche!

Trees aren't weeds! They're beautiful. I wanna touch 'em all.
Clearly you're not familiar with Mexican Fan Palms. The fucking things are the weeds of trees and will grow just about anywhere with a very minimal amount of care. Their fronds also fold down onto the trunk when they die, creating a nice dense "beard" that's great for rats to live in, especially when the palm is between the 91 and a Mexican restaurant in San Bernardino. You can only cut those from below, so all that nasty shit falls in your face, which allows momma rat to emerge from a cloud of dust 30' up trying to decide if it's better to take you on or just run down the other side. Any plant that harbors that sort of nightmare is a weed, and deserves to be punished accordingly.

I've got stories, man. They don't compare to yours humping a pack and gun, but they entertain.

Did we retire your "chickenfucker" nickname? If we did, now would be the perfect time to start calling you "treefucker".
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Clearly you're not familiar with Mexican Fan Palms. The fucking things are the weeds of trees and will grow just about anywhere with a very minimal amount of care. Their fronds also fold down onto the trunk when they die, creating a nice dense "beard" that's great for rats to live in, especially when the palm is between the 91 and a Mexican restaurant in San Bernardino. You can only cut those from below, so all that nasty shit falls in your face, which allows momma rat to emerge from a cloud of dust 30' up trying to decide if it's better to take you on or just run down the other side. Any plant that harbors that sort of nightmare is a weed, and deserves to be punished accordingly.
Awesome. Better than any deployment story. More wholesome. Less political.

No, I think all nicknames still apply.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I figured the baking soda would decrease the stickiness of spilled soda
The Eepybirds recommend using diet soda because it is less sticky and makes for easier cleanup. We did ours on the pavement, near a catch basin, for even easier cleanup.
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Why do you use diet soda?
Diet tends to go a bit higher than regular soda, because it often has more carbonation and artificial sweeteners can help make the reaction a little bigger. Most importantly, diet soda isnít sugary and sticky. Every time we set off a big geyser display, we get soaked to the skin, so itís nice not to get covered in sugary goo.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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In the movie "Idiocracy", in the really stupid future, they replaced the water supply with a sport drink. All the crops eventually died.

Funny movie, same guy as in "Office Space".
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:00 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I seem to not remember Luke Wilson in Office Space, but I could be wrong. Uh-oh... I just admitted I'd seen Idiocracy, didn't I? Crap.

Carry on.
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Old 12-19-2007, 05:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I seem to not remember Luke Wilson in Office Space, but I could be wrong. Uh-oh... I just admitted I'd seen Idiocracy, didn't I? Crap.

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DOH! ...You are correct! Idiocracy was such a "memorable" film anyway (insomnia, HBO on demand).

The tie in to Office Space was director/writer Mike Judge (who also acted in Office Space)
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:46 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Steve Spangler suggests using Diet since it isn't sticky like regular soda.
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Old 12-19-2007, 08:49 AM   #15 (permalink)
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"Stickyness" won't effect the grass negatively since that's just the presence of sugars. Assuming all the acids are neutralized by the baking soda, they might help, although "fixed" nitrogren would do a much better job of fertilizing.
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