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Coca-Cola is one of the world’s most established brands. With 1.7 billion products sold per day, there is no doubt that it is the most popular carbonated beverage we have ever had. But how much do you really know about the drink? Here are ten facts that you probably didn’t know about Coca-Cola.

A strange experiment…

If you drop a regular Coca-Cola can into water, it will sink immediately. However, Coca-Cola Light cans do the opposite; they float. Test yourself!

Supposedly cures your sex life…

Rumors have always circulated that Coca-Cola was originally created as a cough medicine. This claim is partly true. From the beginning, the drink was marketed as a remedy for many ailments, including decreased sexual desire. The creator of the company, John Pemberton, had to remove alcohol from his original recipe due to prohibition laws. The idea that Coca-Cola would improve your sex drive just because it contained alcohol can be seen more as a marketing trick than reality.

Attempted to sell the recipe to Pepsi…

Three former employees tried to sell Coca-Cola’s secret recipe to arch-rival Pepsi for $1.5 million. But Pepsi reported it back to the Coca-Cola management, who involved the American FBI. The recipe was never sold, and those three employees definitely don’t work at The Coca-Cola Company anymore.

Derived from dried coca leaves…

In order to produce the beverage in the USA, the company in question has a special agreement with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). “Drugs and Coca-Cola” talk again, you might think. But the truth is that the company actually extracts substances from dried coca leaves. The reason a special agreement with the DEA is necessary is that all of it is imported from Peru (and a small amount from Bolivia). And we’re not talking about small quantities either. However, it is a company in New Jersey that handles the dangerous substances in the coca leaves, which are used for medicine. After that, everything is sent to the beverage company and ends up in your soda can.

Sold in almost all countries…

There are only two countries in the world that do not sell Coca-Cola. North Korea and Cuba. However, there is a fairly good chance that North Korea will soon be alone in the world in not selling the product, as the USA and Cuba are starting to come closer to each other and old conflicts are being erased.

Drank colorless cola to not upset Stalin…

Soviet marshal ordered a colorless Coca-Cola that would resemble vodka because he was so enamored with the taste during the 1940s. The reason it was colorless and resembled vodka was that he did not want to upset Joseph Stalin with his American drink. The cap was also adorned with a Soviet star.

Guaranteed free drinks for all American soldiers…

During World War II, Coca-Cola’s owners announced that they would do everything in their power to ensure that every American in uniform would be given a bottle of Coca-Cola, regardless of where he is and what it would cost the company.

Wanted to adjust prices based on the weather…

In the 1990s, the beverage company attempted to implement a “dynamic pricing” strategy for its products. The idea was that the price of the drink in vending machines would automatically adjust based on the outdoor temperature. However, it never went through legally.

Coca-Cola refused to buy Pepsi Cola…

Between 1922 and 1933, Coca-Cola was offered three times to acquire Pepsi Cola. Coca-Cola declined all three times, and today the companies are each other’s biggest competitors.

Controversial advertising image…

A few years ago, the company had to cancel a $200,000 advertising campaign. The reason? The graphic artist behind the image had made a joke by hiding a picture in the background depicting a woman performing oral sex on a man.


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