Talk:Soda syphon

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Question[edit]

Is it really a siphon? Rojomoke (talk) 11:25, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

It functions the same as a siphon bottle and is similar to a gasogene, so without looking I'll say yes.Atypicaloracle (talk) 14:58, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

It is still available in New York City. The times article was about one vendor. There are others.
http://www.newyorkbeverage.com/merchant/index.cfm?section=rsd&categoryid=19 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Joel33333 (talkcontribs) 17:59, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Cinematic role[edit]

   The seltzer bottles of Mack Sennett and Marx Brothers comedy, and probably live vaudeville, deserve mention in the accompanying article. They were a stock prop used as a harmless but appealingly undignified "weapon" for scenes of disorderly conduct and slapstick hi-jinks.
--Jerzyt 11:54, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

I agree; that's my first association with them. Here's a cite that I find relevant, from The Funny Parts: A History of Film Comedy Routines and Gags, by Anthony Balducci (McFarland, 2011, page 9):
Seltzer bottles figured prominently into film comedy at an early stage. The Edison comedy Getting Evidence (1906) features a scene in a restaurant where a customer, irritated by an inept waiter, sprays the waiter in the face with seltzer.
Mack Sennett introduced a number of seltzer-bottle episodes into his comedies. A slapstick seltzer bottle could even occur during a funeral, as proven by the Keystone comedy Among the Mourners (1914). — Preceding unsigned comment added by TypoBoy (talkcontribs) 13:30, 10 November 2012 (UTC)