We've all had soft drinks explode on us once or twice, and there are quite a few rumours swirling around on how to avoid this problem. We tested a few methods out to see what works best.
Our test was inspired by this video from Steve Spangler, who claims that you can stop the fizz explosion by tapping the sides of the can before opening it. We gave it a shot, and while it it helped a little, we still had some beer overflowing out of the can. That isn't to say this trick will never work -- after all, it worked for Steve -- but it isn't necessarily foolproof. (For the sceptical, Snopes performed a similar test and came to the same conclusion.)
We did perform one more test, however, and that was to shake up a can and just let it sit. After about two minutes, we opened it up with no problem. So while fancy tricks may help keep you a bit more dry, the best solution is to just have a little patience -- those bubbles should go away on their own after a few minutes.