Normally "saving face" means avoiding embarrassment, but for one Australian TV presenter, an experiment gone wrong meant a sharp duck to the left to prevent serious damage. Studio Ten host Natarsha Belling was helping scientist Jacob Strickling with a demonstration on the morning show when a misplaced projectile nearly ended in disaster.
Scientist and author Jacob Strickling was on the show to promote his new book. Strickling was demonstrating a stunt popular with amateur experimenters using Diet Coke and liquid nitrogen. The super-cooled nitrogen expands exponentially when introduced to the warmer Diet Coke, and creates a rocketing projectile.
Belling asked, "Are these safe to do at home?"
"Now that you've asked the question," Strickling replied, "how about you have a go? You've just seen me do it twice without being injured."
Belling then grabbed the soda bottle and hesitantly assisted, unsure what to do.
"I've done it twice. You should've been watching!' Strickling said.
Belling said, "I wasn't watching," before dropping the loaded home made missile, which then rocketed past her and into to the trees, narrowly missing her head.
Belling briefly fled the set and came back covered in debris from the nearby tree branch that got taken out. She jokingly asked Strickling, "What were your insurance details?"
"I told you this was going to be the best live television ever," Strickling said. Belling held her ear, complaining she was having trouble hearing.
The trio wrapped up the segment as gracefully as possible while Strickling fit in one last plug for his book.