We May Never Know If Mountain Dew Dissolves Mouse Carcasses

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Last January's very viral, very gross story about a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he'd found a mouse in his can of Mountain Dew has finally come to a close, with the defendant, Ronald Ball, reaching some undisclosed settlement with Pepsi. Sadly (but not unexpectedly), there will be no courtroom drama over this, and the world may never know whether Mountain Dew can dissolve a mouse (or, more pertinently, how much it cost Pepsi to avoid finding out.)

A recap: In 2009, Ball claimed in a lawsuit that his first sip of Mountain Dew made him immediately vomit, and when he poured it out, he found a mouse carcass. The suit was notable not so much because of the guy's claims, but because of Pepsi's legally-brilliant but not so marketing-friendly defense, in which they claimed that by the time the Mountain Dew made it from the canning facility to the defendant, their soda would have dissolved the (alleged!) mouse into a jelly-like substance. Yum.

In the settlement, reported Monday by The Madison County Record's Christina Stueve Hodges, Pepsi got to maintain their denial of liability, according to Ball's lawyer. So it seems the defense worked well enough, legally. P.R.-wise, however, it also inspired publications like Scientific American to conclude that though there aren't any studies, it being an awfully specific question, Mountain Dew probably would in fact dissolve mouse carcasses. It also inspired the grossest at-home experiment ever during which this guy kept a dead mouse in Mountain Dew bottle at what appears to be a place of work for several months. We're sure this person's co-workers were hoping for a more definitive conclusion so that the great debate could end without their co-worker having to prove it himself.

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