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On This Day in History: Coca-Cola Was Invented

On This Day in History: Coca Cola Was Invented

Learn how, on this day in 1886, Dr. John Pemberton created the first batch of Coca-Cola.

When Dr. Pemberton created the first batch of Coca-Cola on March 29th, 1886, he thought he was creating a cure-all tonic.  His first batch was created using kola nuts for caffeine and cocoa leaf, and was supposed to treat a wide variety of medical issues such as indigestion, headaches, hangovers, and impotence.

Eventually, Dr. Pemberton’s tonic would be a failure in pharmacies, but with the growing popularity of soda fountains, he decided to use his creation to break into the beverage industry.  Pemberton created a flavored syrup and took it to a local corner store where it was mixed with carbonated water.  The drink was an instant hit with tasters and from there, a legend was born.

In honor of this important day in Coca-Cola history, let’s enjoy some of these interesting facts about America’s favorite beverage.

1) In 1985 Coca-Cola became the first soft drink in space.

2) If all the Coca-Cola bottles in the world were laid end to end, they would reach the moon and back 1,677 times.

3) Very few people know the secret formula for Coca-Cola.  The syrup concentrate is made centrally and then exported to more than 900 bottling plants around the world.

4) “Coca-Cola” is the second most widely understood term in the world after the word “Okay.”

5) There are nearly 10,450 Coca-Cola brand soft drinks consumed every second of every day.  Other popular Coca-Cola brand soft drinks include Sprite, Fanta, Diet Coke, and so on.

6) A can of Coca-Cola will sink when placed in water, however a can of Diet Coke will float.

7) Over the years, three people have tried to sell Coca-Cola’s secrets to competitor Pepsi, but Pepsi reported these people to the Coca-Cola company and the police.

8) The only two countries in the world that do not sell Coca-Cola products are Cuba and North Korea.

9) The soft drink Dr. Pepper is bottled by both Coca-Cola and Pepsi, depending on the location in the United States.

10) Coca-Cola Freestyle (the touchscreen drink machines that offer a ton of Coca-Cola products) are designed by Pininfarina, the design house that designs Ferraris.

Join us at  The Maria Sanchez Show as we enjoy these Coca-Cola fun facts.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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