We had an Eating-Meeting at the church a couple of weeks ago. We all brought a meat dish and a vegetable dish and a dessert. We put them on a big table and grazed. It was great, and the Eating-Meeting is just the set up for this sorry tale.
It seems we had the grandkids with us. Because I was tasked with carrying some tables we were in my pickup truck and when it came time to leave, the kids were each carrying an unopened soda, in the 12-ounce can.
One of those unopened soda cans got put into the cup holder on my front seat. It's a standard double-can holder and it collects all manner of coins, ammunition, lint, loose screws and other detrius. I also drop my cell phone in there.
Well, that unopened Coke rode around with me for a week or more, till one day I picked up my cell phone to use it and found it wasn't working. Then I looked more closely at the Coke Can and it looked all distressed. Kind of pooched-out from pressure. Then I noticed that the can had split along the side and had leaked Coca-Cola into the holders and that my cell phone had been soaking for a couple of days.
Coca-Cola is hard on a cell phone. Very, very hard. I used that phone for a lot of things, and one of those things was as a database of phone numbers. All that, of course, is lost.
I have never known a soft drink can to split like that, and I imagined that the pop-top would have let go first. No, it split down the side.
Three or four days later, I found the root beer can that exploded in the back door pocket. Sticky mess. It's a sad affair.
We haven't had that much unseasonably warm weather in central Louisiana. Yeah, the interior of the truck gets hot, but I've never known soda cans to spontaneously explode in the heat of a vehicle. The only rational explanation is that they ain't making them like they used to.
You've been warned.