November 4th, 2007

Esot

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.