Drinking a six pack of Coke in a hour: impossible?
April 16, 2004 11:07 AM   Subscribe

Stunts: Have been told drinking 6 12 oz. cans of Coke-A-Cola in one hour is an impossible task. {MI}

Inspired by this thread. Any one ever try this stunt or seen it accomplished? Note must be the brand Coke-A-Cola and no fluids may exit your body during the hour.
posted by thomcatspike to Grab Bag (47 answers total)
I dunno about Coke, but this guy couldn't make it through a gallon of milk.
posted by crunchburger at 11:21 AM on April 16, 2004

I could do it, but would belch for days afterward...6 cans is not that many, especially if you drink two, take a break, drink another two, etc. (and aren't big gulps and things like that equivalent to 3 or 4 cans?)
posted by amberglow at 11:24 AM on April 16, 2004

I was challenged to down a gallon of water in an hour (or was it a half-hour? It was back in the early 80's...).

I couldn't do it. I wanted to puke...
posted by jpburns at 11:37 AM on April 16, 2004

and aren't big gulps and things like that equivalent to 3 or 4 cans?)

Forget to mention: specifically canned Coke-A-Cola.
posted by thomcatspike at 11:39 AM on April 16, 2004

Why would it be impossible? I'd say definitely it's possible. I used to be a Coke addict and many times drank 3 or 4 cans in an hour without even thinking about it.

I drink the caffeine free diet stuff nowadays and wouldn't have a physical prob doing it with those.
posted by dobbs at 11:46 AM on April 16, 2004

I'm pretty sure I've probably done at least 4 without thinking about it, so I can't imagine 6 is a big step up from there.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:54 AM on April 16, 2004

There's nothing really different about coca-a-cola than any other canned cola. I supposed the reason to restrict it to cans is then, if you assume they open the cans as they go, it forces them to drink soda with a higher level of carbanation. But, really, 6 cans is only 72 fl oz. Which is only a little bit more than half a gallon. And is barely more than 2 liters. (.5625 gallons vs .528 gallons). I remember drinking a 2 liter of coca-cola in about 30 minutes when I was 13 or so. Maybe I'll try this 'stunt' tonight.
posted by skynxnex at 11:58 AM on April 16, 2004

i'm pretty sure i'd have no problem drinking it.

would I be able to keep myself from using the restroom?

that's another question altogether.

but i'd say yeah. i've got a pretty complacent bladder.

along these lines (whole milk challenge, drinking stuff, etc), there's always the 100 shots of guiness.

sounds easy, but supposedly, is quite difficult.
posted by fishfucker at 12:00 PM on April 16, 2004

There's a similar idea about 8 crackers (or maybe it's 4) in one minute. Sounds so easy but your mouth gets so parched that you can barely breathe.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 12:11 PM on April 16, 2004

There's nothing really different about coca-a-cola
Myself, belch the most from drinking Coke. As a child could never drink a full can in one sitting.
posted by thomcatspike at 12:16 PM on April 16, 2004

I can do the coke thing and I can do the crackers thing no problem. The crackers thing is easy, my skills come from eating lots of cereal without milk.
posted by banished at 12:18 PM on April 16, 2004

I once chugged an entire 2-litre bottle of TAB, but I only held it down for about 30 seconds, so the "judges" ruled for my buddy, who'd gotten through about 1/2 a bottle. Yes, my parents are very proud...

The 100 shots of beer is really tough. You cruise through the first 70 or so, then they seem to get exponentially harder. I'd be curious as to using Guinness; the heaviness of the stout would be offset somewhat by the relatively low alcohol....
posted by jalexei at 12:20 PM on April 16, 2004

Another fun one is who can do the most shots of expresso in an hour. MY friend worked at Starbucks and did 23 in 45 minutes.
posted by jmd82 at 12:28 PM on April 16, 2004

Stink Factor's recorded the milk challenge and the saltine challenge as well as the cinnamon challenge and the horseradish challenge. I'm sure they'd rise to the Cola challenge if someone put it to them.
posted by iconomy at 12:29 PM on April 16, 2004

As a cyclist in a hot place, I've gone through those 64-oz mega-super big gulps in about ten minutes. Some of that is water from ice melting, and it's from a drink fountain, not cans (not sure how important the difference is), but I'd say that under the right conditions, it would be a doddle.

1. Pick an insanely hot day.
2. Open the cans in advance to let the coke flat out a bit (it's the fizz that really slows you down).
3. Add some ice to water the coke down.
4. Engage in a high-intensity aerobic workout at midday.
5. Drink half the cokes.
6. Go and exercise some more, for most of the remainder of your time.
7. Return and finish the cokes.

I guarantee that not only will you finish 6 cans of Coke, you'll ask for more.
posted by adamrice at 12:38 PM on April 16, 2004

this task is so easy that adamrice's instructions are obviously for people who aren't very tolerant of pushing their bodies to limit, baby.

if you'd like, I can make a video of me drinking six cans. this will be somewhere upwards of 1.5k calories, but who's counting?
posted by angry modem at 12:43 PM on April 16, 2004

Eat a tablespoon of flour all at once.

(it's a stunt we only tried ONCE, by the way)
posted by briank at 12:48 PM on April 16, 2004

teh century club of any beer is tough. at a shot a minute, by the time you're at 100 you've had eight beers in less than two hours. i've done it without puking (thank you college!) but i was in bed pretty early those nights.
posted by whoshotwho at 12:59 PM on April 16, 2004

angry modem dare you. When I first heard it, thought yea no problem as I have drank several cans in a hour... but 6. Now beer I’ve done it many time playing 3 man. But Coke is more filling for me. Otherwise I'll try posting it to Stink Factor.

Open the cans in advance to let the coke flat out a bit (it's the fizz that really slows you down).
No, you must open the cans(12oz bottles would be fine too) as you drink them. Why a 2lt bottle is out. Seen other carbonated drinks done but not Coke.

Have heard this bet over and over through the years mostly by folks in their 40's-50's. So I thought this must have been tried when all you could get were 6-packs. Everyone whom said they would try, chickened out at the last minute. Ever notice how freshly poured Coke burns your nostrils as you drink it?
posted by thomcatspike at 1:11 PM on April 16, 2004

I have done it. But then again, my stomach is used to cruel and unusual punishment. A 12 pack on the other hand... now THAT is a challenge.

(some one do it!!)
posted by Quartermass at 1:50 PM on April 16, 2004

maybe someone can do it at a meetup? : >
posted by amberglow at 1:59 PM on April 16, 2004

Six cans in an hour? Heck, I bet I could do it in a minute, with a bit of effort. I've certainly downed a whole can in 10-20 seconds before for no other reason than that I was thirsty.
posted by reklaw at 2:22 PM on April 16, 2004

Yes it's possible. No it isn't possible. What answer were you fishing for? Were you looking for permission from MeFites to go ahead and do this? This question is retarded.
posted by pieoverdone at 2:34 PM on April 16, 2004

You can shotgun pop can't you? So, with the aid of a pen, 5 minutes, tops. How long does it actually have to stay in your stomach?
posted by bonehead at 3:12 PM on April 16, 2004

This question is retarded.

Then why the hell are you even commenting in it?
posted by anathema at 3:13 PM on April 16, 2004

bonehead that's the problem every one foresees, the coke staying inside a person for an hour.
posted by thomcatspike at 3:42 PM on April 16, 2004

Obviously, you'll probably have an easier time if you ensure that your bladder is clear beforehand, if you ensure your stomach is relatively empty beforehand and if you're thirsty.
posted by gsteff at 4:03 PM on April 16, 2004

At Spike's on Thayer Street in Providence, the record is 17 quarter-pound hot dogs (with bun, which is really a six-inch roll) in 90 minutes. No puking.

I could do a gallon of water in about 10 minutes. Not sure what the fuss is about.
posted by PrinceValium at 4:07 PM on April 16, 2004

A friend of mine managed to do the 21 pints (of beer obviously) in one day on his 21st birthday but he did shit himself along the way, as well as being caught trying to steal a bowling ball from a bowling alley. Has anyone else managed this?
posted by biffa at 4:11 PM on April 16, 2004

I used to be able to shotgun a 2 liter bottle of coke. My friend and I would have races to see who could inhale it fastest. It got so bad that we'd shake it a bit first to force positive pressure and basically just open our throats. As competitive as the teenage years are for males I'm surprised any of us get out alive. As far as beer goes I've done a century, which is 100 beers in 24 hours. I do not remember much about it. I've also had about 20 ounces of Jack Daniels over a lunch and gone in and TA'd impressionable 3rd year engineering students.

By the time I was in my twenties two of my friends had serious liver ailments which hit me with a clue-by-four. Now I rarely ever drink except for the occasional manhattan or beer.
posted by substrate at 4:22 PM on April 16, 2004

used to live by a bar up in idaho that would do a "free beer until the first person pees" night.

the milk challenge is nasty. tried it about 12 years ago.
posted by th3ph17 at 4:41 PM on April 16, 2004

substrate - you are like my uni buddy Tim

we have both got just bought f*ck-off motorbikes.

nothing to do with thread coz i have had beers. soz.
posted by Frasermoo at 5:02 PM on April 16, 2004

PrinceValium, you manage to slip Providence in to every post, don't you?

As others have said, it really seems to me that I've downed 4 or more sodas in an hour without even thinking about it. Though I realize the sheer volume might take it's toll, that's really only one soda every 10 minutes.

Then again, in high school the thing was to eat six Saltines in one minute (no fluids allowed) and have your mouth clear by the 60 second mark.

Couldn't be done. Don't sit opposite the person attempting the feat unless you want a face full of Saltine crumbs.
posted by rafter at 8:14 PM on April 16, 2004

Easy. Really easy.

Hell, I chugged over 2L of Kool Aid in under 30 seconds once. For fun.

A 6 pack of Coke in an hour? Child's Play.

(Note I've drunk an entire double gulp of it in that time. That's 5.07 cokes. And that was because I was just thirsty. Not trying to beat records.)

I was once so thirsty I abused the Swiss Chalet refill policy more than any other customer. I went through enough cokes in a single meal the waitress finally brought me a large glass. Which didn't last long either, but kept her resting for at least a few minutes.

And I still ate the entire 1/2 chicken meal and dessert.

And people wonder why I enjoy my new Atkins diet so much. The lack of sugar has really improved my life, even if it hasn't caused the rapid weight loss I wanted. I just wish I hadn't bashed it so long. I finally don't feel like shit all times of the day. And I plan to take up exercise.

Coke ruined my life, you could almost say.
posted by shepd at 10:37 PM on April 16, 2004

Hey, I post what I know.
posted by PrinceValium at 10:48 PM on April 16, 2004

I won a bet in High School by drinking a 64 oz. "Double Gulp" of Mountain Dew in 11 minutes. The hour after that was the closest I ever came to getting high.

I routinely drink two 44-ounce fountain cokes in a row at take-out places that allow refills. They're diet cokes now (lost 25 pounds the month I switched) but they go down the same way.

As for cans, I've managed 4 in an hour plus half a pizza without even trying, so I imagine 6 wouldn't be hard.

I'd try it tomorrow, but lacking a video camera you'd have to take my word for it. If anyone wants to buy me a 6-pack at next year's SXSW I'll gladly demonstrate in public.
posted by mmoncur at 2:11 AM on April 17, 2004

The 100 shots of beer is really tough.

Nuh-uh. Back when I was young and dumb, I got through 151 shots in 151 minutes, and could have continued if I hadn't had to pee so bad (which disqualified you in our version of centurion). As it was, I was the record holder for a while at UBC.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:46 AM on April 17, 2004

I agree in the ease of this one. In college, to satisfy my own curiousity, I bought a 12 pack of cheap swill, set a timer and drank each one only at a rate that was fast enough to remain comfortable. The first took 30 seconds. The second took a minute. The third took two minutes. The fourth took about 5 minutes. The fifth took about 9 minutes. The sixth took about 15 minutes. The rest continued in a beautiful exponential curve. Now the main reason that I was slowing down was that I was getting full and getting drunk. I imagine that the lack of alcohol in Coke will be offset somewhat by the higher carbonation, but I would do this stunt on a bet with confidence, choosing an amount of money sufficient to compensate me for the subsequent sugar high and crash. Make it a 12 pack and you've got a challenge.
posted by plinth at 4:56 AM on April 17, 2004

So no one has actually done this as described? I may have missed it, but I only see lots of "easy" equivalents, like kool-aid, or a whole 2-liter, or with beer. It seems like someone would have actually done exactly this.
posted by smackfu at 7:16 AM on April 17, 2004

Have you sugar-swilling maniacs ever considered just what sort of havoc your wreaking upon your insulin system? Geezus, people, give your heads a shake: the body wasn't made to deal with that much sugar!
posted by five fresh fish at 10:04 AM on April 17, 2004

I just did it. It's really easy.

12 maybe harder, but 6? Come on.
posted by lazaruslong at 10:44 AM on April 17, 2004

Uhmmm... fff... check my post more carefully maybe? ;-)
posted by shepd at 2:40 PM on April 17, 2004

The human stomach can hold between 2 and 4 liters, depending on who you listen to and whose stomach you're talking about. So, six cans of coke, no problem, a gallon of milk, a whole different story.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 5:54 PM on April 17, 2004

Uhmmm... shepd... did I call you out by name? Are you a sugar-swilling maniac, or an ex-sugar-swilling maniac? ;-)
posted by five fresh fish at 8:28 PM on April 17, 2004

Of the ex kind now, I hope fff. IT CAN BE DONE PEOPLE! Aspartame is your friend!
posted by shepd at 1:01 AM on April 18, 2004

Gosh, I'm thirsty.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 9:14 AM on April 18, 2004

Just talked to my brother-in-law and he claims to have done 2 liters of coke in under 15 minutes to win a bet. He refused to collect because it was ridiculously easy.
posted by plinth at 7:36 PM on April 18, 2004

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