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    MIKE DEVLINMAY 9, 2013

    Soda is big business; the combined revenues of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo alone topped 100 billion las

    year, a staggering feat when you consider the price point of a soft drink is only a buck or two.

    Arguably the most recognizable brand name in the world, Coca-Cola has become an indelible part o

    human culture; its history rendered into stories, myths, and urban legends that have been defined

    as cokelore.

    Very few people go more than a day or two without a soda; while often considered an unhealthy

    indulgence in the west, in some third world nations where drinking water is unsafe, such beverage

    provide a lifeline. Below are ten of the more interesting facts about one of the worlds most popula




    If you were to survey the refrigerated section in your local convenience store, you might figure ther

    are at most a few hundred different kinds of soda. However, Coca-Cola alone has some 3,500


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    different soft drinks in its international arsenal; if you were to try one every day, it would take 9

    years to sample them all (by which time there would surely be more). There are many exotic sodas

    to be found worldwide, particularly in Japan, which seems to have an affinity for novel beverages.

    Soda flavors in the land of the rising sun include: yogurt, green tea, octopus, wasabi, kimchi, cheese

    cucumber, and eel, amongst others.

    9 7-Up and Lithium

    Lithium citrate is a mood stabilizing drug used to treat depression and bipolar disorders, sold unde

    trade names Litarex and Demalit. Today it requires a prescription, but years ago it was a common

    ingredient in many medicated beverages, including Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon Soda. Today, we

    know it as 7UP (it is interesting to note that no one really knows where that name came from). It

    contained lithium until 1948.

    8Dr. Pepper

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    One of the greatest culinary mysteries of all time, the 23 ingredients that comprise Dr. Pepper have

    been speculated upon for decades. One of the ugly rumors spread about the soda is that it contain

    prune juice. While this is not in fact one of the components, the others are up for debate, but most

    probably include cola, vanilla, cherry, orange, caramel, and lemon amongst others. On the company

    FAQ website, the question of flavor is answered rather cryptically: Dr. Pepper is a unique blend of

    23 flavors. The exact formula for Dr. Pepper? Thats top secret proprietary stuff.

    7Grossest Soda

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    Taste is extraordinarily subjective, but there is one soda that has acquired a reputation as one of th

    most vile in the world. Manufactured for the Italian market by the Coca-Cola Company, Beverly is

    described as a non-alcoholic aperitif. It is available in the United States at the World of Coca-Cola

    museums in Atlanta and Las Vegas, and those who have deigned to try it are almost universally

    shocked by its bitter, astringent flavor. YouTube abounds with amusing videos of those enjoying a

    taste test.

    6Passover Coke

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    During the weeklong Jewish festival of Passover, which celebrates the exodus from slavery in Egypt

    Jews are forbidden from the consumption of leavened bread (chamtez grains). Ashkenazic Jews

    (those from Eastern Europe) are also forbidden from eating corn, beans, and rice during this time

    (Sephardic Jews are allowed). Because Coca-Cola is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (at

    least in the U.S.), it is not considered kosher. However, kosher Coke is produced in March and April

    to coincide with the Passover season. It is sweetened with pure cane sugar, and can be identified b

    a yellow cap. Many non-Jews also enjoy the subtle change in flavor, and during the short period of

    time it is available, it is heavily stockpiled.

    Variable-Price Coke Machines

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    In the late nineties, Coca-Cola got the bright idea to install vending machines whose price was

    dependent on the temperature. That is, as the mercury rose, a the price of a soda would become

    exponentially higher, raised via a computerized temperature sensor within the machine. The

    proposal was a public relations nightmare; people hailed it as a perfect example of price gouging ancorporate greed, and Coca-Cola backpedaled quickly


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    with diet Squirt. After 40 minutes, those who had consumed the diet cocktails registered much

    higher blood alcohol concentrations. The science here is really quite simple: the body views the

    sugar present in regular soda as food, and thus slows the absorption of alcohol into the

    bloodstream. This study is especially important to women, who are more likely to order diet

    cocktails, and whose bodies react to the potency in alcohol more than mens.

    1 Nazi Fanta

    When trade embargoes against Nazi Germany separated Coca-Cola Deutschland from headquarterin Atlanta, the ingredients to produce Coke quickly dissipated. German born Max Keith, in charge of

    operations, developed a soda that could be made with the limited ingredients they had at their

    disposal. The result was Fanta, a play on the German word Fantasie. It was made with odds an

    ends: beet sugar, orange juice, leftover apple fiber, and even whey byproduct from cheese

    production. The recipe has since been updated (the original would probably taste something like

    laundry water to modern palates). It is noteworthy to add that despite governmental pressures,

    Keith never joined the Nazi party and remained loyal to Coca-Cola. When the war ended, he handed

    back control of his operations to headquarters.

    Mike Devlin is an aspiring novelist. He is partial to ginger ale.


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    If Coke is a lifeline in third world countries because they don't have access to clean drinkingwater why doesn't Coke use its well established distribution network to make bottled water more

    accessible to them instead of an unhealthy and dehydrating sugary drink. Saying that Soda is a

    lifesaver for poor people with limited access to clean water must be one of the stupidest thing I've e


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    This happens. They also send medical supplies using Cokes' distribution.

    They also made this sweet ass thing that is like a little trolley that you push (well the poor