Bet me it don’t

Yet another urban myth bites the dust.

There’s nothing worse than grabbing a fresh can of beer only to have it explode in your face. Well, it turns out, it’s even harder to avoid that situation than previously thought.

Despite it being a commonly held belief, tapping a beer can won’t prevent it from exploding, according to the results of a study published by MIT. Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark meticulously experimented with shaken and unshaken beer cans before coming to their conclusion.


Maybe not monkey masturbating vigorously shaken, but it does help if you’ve dropped a beer or it was tossed to you, and I base that on about 45 years of experience.

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2 Responses to Bet me it don’t

  1. BWayne says:

    The reason tapping on a can works is simply because it delays opening the can which allows the contents to calm down. Try it yourself. Measure the time you spend tapping, then wait the same time without tapping and see what you get

  2. Mad Jack says:

    BWayne beat me to it. No, tapping doesn’t get rid of the agitated beer waiting to spray all over the place when you pop the top before tapping it. Waiting does.

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