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For Science!

105 years ago, the Greenwich foot tunnel was open. The local dignitaries assembled in the tunnel to drink champagne and fete this achievement. Legend has it that their bubbly was flat and although warned by an engineer they drank it nonetheless. On climbing up to surface where the atmospheric pressure it lower, the champagne reasserted itself causing eructations and exploding waistecoat buttons, possibly even a case of the bends.

In the interests of science, 7 of us restaged the event in the interests of science. The result? We drank three bottle between us but it was still fizzy. This being science we'll probably have to repeat the experiment next year.


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Nov. 4th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
I'd always wondered about that story, as after all it isn't really all that deep. Glad to have it disconfirmed.
Nov. 4th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
This being science we'll probably have to repeat the experiment next year.

You should probably haave some gizmo to measure the fizzyness of the champange so that you can see if there is a overall increase in fizzyness occurring.

The Mark 1 Tongue may well be an appropriate device for this.
Nov. 4th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
If they had done it while digging was still happening, the pressure would have been higher.

I hope you did a control at the surface to compare effervescence.
Nov. 4th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Boys! ;-)

But repeating the experiment good. I'm always happy to experim ent with different locations and occasions for the drinking of champagne.
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