Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Freezer Didn't Fix It

dents on front of can
new rip on back of can
When I got to work last Monday, a coworker said he found a can for me but it was dented up.  At first glance I thought this was an alcoholic drink, but it's a sparkling juice beverage from Italy.  In fact, my only other can from Italy is another Sanpellegrino can.

In an effort to push out the dents, he had filled the empty can with water and put it in the freezer overnight hoping the ice would expand and push out the dents.  But the freezer didn't fix it!

When we pulled the can out of the freezer, we saw the dents were still there along with a new rip down one side.  The dents were stronger than the flat side, so it was the flat side that expanded and split.

So I let the ice melt and the water drain out.  It had been a good experiment even though it had ultimately failed.  I described a tool my dad gave to me a few years ago and how it had pushed out many dents.  So I brought the can home, used the tool, and now the can looks pretty good... except for the rip on the back side.
The can with the dents removed

But just as I told my coworker, I'd rather have a can with a rip in it than not have one at all.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The First Day of Summer

Today is the first day of summer here in the USA.  And as the temperatures climb and the humidity returns, I think these cans say it best:

Saturday, June 17, 2017


A few weeks ago I went to someone's house and saw a strange can sitting on their counter.  I assumed it was an alcoholic drink since I'd never seen a soda can like it before.  They saw I noticed the can and said they had saved it for me.  And then they explained what it was.

This novelty can came with a Yeti cooler they bought (Yeti is the brand of cooler).  I looked the can over and noticed a few things:

First, it's molded as one piece.  The top looks like it has a real pop top but it doesn't, it's one smooth piece of metal.

Second, it says it contains 12 oz of air.  What's sillier than a can of air?  How about a can of sunshine?

Third, The can says it was established in 2006 and founded in Austin, TX.

The back of the can is an advertisement for YETI coolers with the warning "Be Wild Resonsibly."

But what I really like is the "government warning" written on the side of the can:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Carnival Cans

The small town I live in has an annual carnival celebrating various small-town things.  I posted about it back in 2012 and again in 2016.  The rides and clowns and beer tents move in for three days.  And this weekend was just that.

My dad was asked once again to be a security guard during the nights to make sure no troublemakers caused any problems.  During his rounds, he was able to gather up a small pile of cans for me.

They are mostly to recycle since almost all of them are alcoholic beverages, but I did get a couple of Limited Edition Dr. Pepper cans I didn't have yet.

He said this was just a small fraction of the cans he saw, but there is another guy who shows up at 5am to go around and gather them each morning.

New cans

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Super Heroes

Looking back at the last several years, DC has released movies based on many of its super heroes; Superman, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern, Batman, and currently Wonder Woman.  In the works are movies for Aquaman, Justice League, Shazam, and more.

So why not tie this into my can collecting hobby?  I present to you...


*Not a real can, but funny nonetheless

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The New Mountain Frost

The Summit brand version of Mtn Dew has released a new can design.  This post from five years ago shows two of the previous designs.  I noticed a couple of things about this new Mountain Frost.

First is the naming convention.  In 2008, Mountain Dew was changed to Mtn Dew and now Mtn Frost has been changed to Mountain Frost.

Second is the fact that this Dew clone no longer sports the traditional caffeine-packed yellow color.  A round stamp to the lower-right of the logo reads "No Certified Synthetic Colors."  The drink is now clear, as is boldly proclaimed to the upper-left of the logo.

The can was empty when I got it, so I haven't had the chance to taste it yet.  But who needs flavor when you're treated to 50mg of caffeine?  By the way, a real Mtn Dew has 54mg.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Titanfall 2

For Mtn Dew's 2016 Game Fuel campaign, it dropped the long-running Call of Duty franchise and is instead promoting Titanfall 2, even though there was a new Call of Duty that released just a couple of weeks after Titanfall 2 released on October 28.

I've been playing Call of Duty for a while and decided to give Titanfall 2 a try.  What could be better than fighting alongside, and inside, large battling mechs?  Not much.  It's an awesome game.  I've beat the single-player campaign twice so far and have dabbled in some of the multiplayer game modes.  

So I was excited to see this can at work this week.  Game Fuel cans offer special codes that when entered in the game unlock periods of double experience or other in-game goodies.  So I'll grab a few more from work and jump in the game for my rewards.