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O2 Bubble Beverage

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Michael Jackson probably needs his oxygen mask for more than just moon walking, but we can settle for less: oxygenated beverages. The popping bubbles from dissolved oxygen should keep us bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and make any nearby cigarettes burn faster and cleaner.
FarmerJohn, May 29 2002

Solubility http://www.sci-ctr....h/cat_met15718.html
CO2 is 30 times more soluble than O2. [pottedstu, May 29 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

AirWater http://www.talkingr.../html/airwater.html
Talking Rain's oxygen-enriched bottled water product for the gullible. Since 1998. [wiml, May 29 2002]

Oxygen Enhanced Water http://www.clearly.ca/brands/cc02/
[FarmerJohn, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       //any nearby cigarettes burn faster and cleaner.//

       Nice concept. I don't know if oxygen would hang about as bubbles as long as carbon dioxide does. Worth a try, though. One high caffeine oxygenated vitamin C enriched soda please, barkeep.
st3f, May 29 2002

       Baked - these are sold in the UK. A brand of water I saw in London advertises this very feature.
Aristotle, May 29 2002

       I've seen this kind of product discussed in the press as a controversial hangover "cure."
bristolz, May 29 2002

       pottedstu, doesn't your link just mean that you'd need 30 times the pressure to keep an equivalent amount of oxygen in solution? Drink with a straw, and you'd win all the belching contests. But be careful opening that can ("Sarge, that was our last grenade. We're doomed!" "Hold on, son, I've got a whole case of Pepsi-O here!")
beauxeault, May 29 2002

       Em, possibly. I don't know what my link means, which is why I didn't post a comment.
pottedstu, May 29 2002

       I'm not a chemist, but "nitrogen and oxygen, are both sparingly soluble in water" quoted from pottedstu's link implies to me that if squirt oxygen into a drink under pressure in the same way as you would for carbon dioxide then the resulting drink will not be very fizzy. Pity, really. I like the idea of a perk-you up drink with exposive tendancies.
st3f, May 29 2002

       Oxygen is combustible. Ask a few crispy astronauts. Imagine the explosion if the delivery truck got in an accident.   

       I can see it now... "Steven Seagal in O2: Delivery Man"
SeattleBrad, May 29 2002

       Oxygen is not combustible. It does help nearby things to combust, though.   

       Anyway, this is mostly baked: oxygen-enriched beverages have been in my supermarket's "energy/health drinks" aisle for quite a while. I don't think they're fizzy, though, for the reason pottedstu/st3f points out.
wiml, May 29 2002

       Drinking any alcoholic beverage through a straw seems to get you more drunk. Wonder why?
brewmaster, May 29 2002

       Wow... instant headrush drink. Sounds fun.
RayfordSteele, May 29 2002

       I don't think swallowing oxygen will give one a head rush, will it? Seems to me it would just make you belch, just as CO2 drinks do.
waugsqueke, May 30 2002

       This exists, sort of, under the name "hydrogen peroxide". Even a 3% solution can be a bit nasty, though.
supercat, May 30 2002

       waugs: good point. Getting oxygen into the bloodstream is easiest in the lungs. Should still enter the bloodstream elsewhere, though, if not as rapidly. All of course assuming that you don't belch. Belching while smoking/welding/trying to blow out the birthday candles is not to be recommended.   

       supercat: there's a big difference between a liquid with oxygen disolved in it and a compound that contains oxygen as atoms.
st3f, May 30 2002

       Although HOOH is not the same as water plus elemental oxygen, a 3% HOOH solution will contain 97% water which is saturated with dissolved oxygen.   

       Actually, it's easier chemically to extract oxygen atoms from an HOOH molecule than it is to split an O2 molecule (this is why 2HOOH -> 2HOH + O2 occurs without external motivation). If the concentration of oxygen weren't so high as to be toxic, it would seem that it could be more bioavailable than gaseous oxygen.   

       BTW, monoatomic oxgen as is formed by the decomposition of HOOH or NaClO is a very powerful bleaching agent. It's very unstable and quickly forms into O2, but the ability to generate monoatomic oxygen is the reason HOOH and NaClO work so well for bleaching.
supercat, May 30 2002

       Given that we're supposed to be eating and drinking stuff that's high in *anti*-oxidants, what would be the benefits of this?
angel, May 31 2002

       supercat... so that's what that OxyClean stuff is all about then, hm?
waugsqueke, May 31 2002

       There's a smart drink product which basically thickens and flavours water, into which compressed oxygen is injected immediately before drinking. It's nice... feel like you don't need to breathe (except you do). Athletes use it - in fact the formula was supposedly developed by a Russian coach IIRC.
non3ntity, Jul 23 2002

       I finally got to undersand why they use CO2 and not just air [thanks stu].
If the issue is only pressure it should be fun to have a pump and preparing it ourselves...
pashute, Nov 04 2002

       What about keeping the O2 compressed, in a container at the bottom of the drink, until consumption. The drink would be carbonated when it needs to, and the decompression of the O2 would chill the drink.
js_530, Apr 27 2004


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