The origin of Coka Cola

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Coca-Cola is simply the most well known brand in the history of the world. Sure, it's mostly just soda water and sugar. But they sell about 400 billion cans of the stuff a year to about 200 countries, an average of more than 60 cans to every single human being on the planet.

Pretty impressive for a drink that routinely gets beat in taste tests by Pepsi.



 
  The Drug:
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Coke has it right there in the name. When Coca Cola was created in the summer of 1885, the market was even more crowded with sodas than it is today. In addition to Coke, Pharmacists were selling thousands of sodas, including Dr. Pepper, which got its name from the Texas doctor who marketed it as a cure for impotence. The belief that effervescent water contained health benefits goes back to the Romans, and given the state of mainstream medicine in the 1890s, customers were more than happy to believe Dr. Pepper got your dick up just as well as an old fashioned leech bleeding. Coca Cola was able to stand out in the crowded market because it's purported health benefits weren't total and utter bullshit.

 John Pemberton, the Atlanta pharmacist that invented Coca Cola, claimed that the ingredient it was named after, the Coca leaf, cured everything from depression and nervousness to morphine addiction. If those purported effects sound familiar, congratulations, you could beat a chimpanzee in a game of memory. Coca is the leaf that produces cocaine, and like Freud, John Pemberton was incredibly enthusiastic about its "health benefits."

But surely he wouldn't go so far as to stake the claim of his fledgling business on an unproven drug, right?

 

Why It Makes Sense:

Like Freud, Pemberton practiced what he preached. In fact, when he said he was convinced from "actual experiments that coca is the very best substitute for opium addicts," he was speaking from personal experience, since he was a himself a morphine addict. But whereas Freud retired his cocaine megaphone once doctors sounded the "shit kills you" alarm, Pemberton chose to put it in his soda, plug his ears, and hum loudly.

 

In his history of the beverage, Mark Pendergrast claims there was about 8.45 milligrams of cocaine in each serving, which is about 1/4th of what people put up their nose to get high these days. But fans of the drink were known to chug up to five at a sitting, or to drink it with five times the syrup called for in the recipe. When combined with the sugar and caffeine, that brings the drug to right around street level.

So it's not surprising that by the time cocaine was removed from the drink in the early 20th century, people were ordering Cokes by asking for "a dope."

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#2  Edited By Manchine

Yep, this is old news to me.  =)  Pepsi came out right after Coke got rid of the drug.  =)
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#3  Edited By danhimself

why would you post this on a comic book forum?

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#4  Edited By texasdeathmatch

I mean, I've went on the factory tour. That was much more interesting than this

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#5  Edited By KevinSevenNgo

I've already known about it and stuff but just felt like posting it if other people didn't know. As for why I put it here is cause it's coke, who doesn't drink coke... especially comic people.

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#6  Edited By Nova`Prime`
@KevinSevenNgo said:
" I've already known about it and stuff but just felt like posting it if other people didn't know. As for why I put it here is cause it's coke, who doesn't drink coke... especially comic people. "
Me.. I prefer Pepsi personally.. although Coke does go better with Rum :)
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#7  Edited By Green Skin

If they didn't add the caramel coloring Coke would be green!  Weird huh?  

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#8  Edited By KevinSevenNgo

It's an appropriate color for what it does to your body, mountain dew is green too, also on a side note orange Fanta is actually the worst soda for you out of them all, my High school teacher was once a high paid worker for a soda company. The more you know the longer you live... or something. =]

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 Oh. Hey G'bandit, Uh, did you just drink some classic coca cola? Or are you just happy to see me?
 Oh. Hey G'bandit, Uh, did you just drink some classic coca cola? Or are you just happy to see me?
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I actually went to elementary school with a descendant of John Pemberton.  
 
Coke Zero is my new crack.
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#12  Edited By CellphoneGirl

This has been on t.v. many times lol

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#13  Edited By batmanbeyond234
@KevinSevenNgo:

Why is Orange Fanta bad?
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#14  Edited By KevinSevenNgo

She said that Orange Fanta is the singlest soda that can destroy your teeth the fastest, here's the deal if you put one tooth into a coke leave there for a day and by the next it'll be gone.

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#15  Edited By King_Saturn
and....... I wanna drink a Coke now
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#16  Edited By KevinSevenNgo

Than go drink one.

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#17  Edited By Sammkolai

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#18  Edited By TheGoldenOne

Heard about this before

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#19  Edited By shawn87

see now i would drink Coke more often if the girl came with the bottle

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#20  Edited By goldenshot80
Cool story bro
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#21  Edited By TheSheepHerder
@goldenshot80 said:
" Cool story bro "

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#22  Edited By warlock360

Pepsi all the way

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#23  Edited By PrinceIMC

So that's why I drink so much Dr. Pepper and am such a success with the ladies.
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#24  Edited By cpt_linger
@danhimself said:
"why would you post this on a comic book forum? "

This is the strangest "off-topic" thread you've seen on the vine? 
  

I like coke, its a great drink and tastes awesome with most alcohols. I think Pepsi and Coke are secretely owned by the same parent company, this wouldn't surprise me. Whoever owns bottled water, owns coke and pepsi.
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#26  Edited By TheNooseIsLoose
@KevinSevenNgo said:

Pretty impressive for a drink that routinely gets beat in taste tests by Pepsi.

 
  
Pepsi taste like rancid menstrual blood.
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#27  Edited By TheGoldenOne
@TheNooseIsLoose said:
@KevinSevenNgo said:

Pretty impressive for a drink that routinely gets beat in taste tests by Pepsi.

   Pepsi taste like rancid menstrual blood.
LOL? O_o
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#28  Edited By CainPanell
@TheNooseIsLoose: yes it does 
 

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