Claim: The contents of a few cans of frozen shaving cream will, when thawed, expand to fill an automobile.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
I heard that if you freeze two cans of shaving cream (conventional freezer, or liquid nitrogen), then cut the cans open so you can take the frozen solid shaving cream out, and place them in a car, when they thaw out the entire car will be filled with shaving cream.
Origins: One of the many common household items that provided hours of entertainment during my childhoold after my siblings and I
much of a mess we could make) with just a little squirt or two of the stuff, and of course we fantasized about what quantity of foam would be produced by a whole can of the
This childhood fantasy lives on, however, in the form of a belief that freezing a few cans of shaving cream (either quickly by immersing them in a bath of liquid nitrogen, or more slowly by placing them in a conventional freezer) and then carefully cutting them open will produce compact, easily transportable lumps of shaving cream material
Unfortunately, the reality doesn’t quite live up to the fantasy, for a few basic reasons:
- Much of the “foaminess” of shaving cream lather is produced through the cream’s being propelled from the can and combined with air. A lump of frozen shaving cream won’t, on its own, increase tremendously in volume simply through the process of thawing (much as bubble bath dumped into a pool of still water won’t immediately produce a deluge of
bubbles — thewater has to be agitated first).
- A standard can of shaving cream doesn’t produce as much lather one one might think, and certainly not enough to fill an automobile.
exploits have included emptying an entire can of
If you really want to fill up a car with shaving cream, you’d best be prepared to invest in at least a few dozen cans of the stuff.
Last updated: 2 September 2013