Pepsi was originally called "Brad's Drink"

Some of the soft drinks we know today originally started as patent medicines in the late 19th century — including Coca-Cola, which infamously contained cocaine. But when Caleb Bradham invented a drink in 1893 he set out to make it free of stimulants. It didn't even contain caffeine. He originally called it Brad's… » 7/02/14 10:23pm 7/02/14 10:23pm

A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can… » 6/24/14 3:40pm 6/24/14 3:40pm

I Wouldn't Be Here Without the 1982 World's Fair

On a recent trip home to Knoxville, Tennessee, I had a flashback. Not an acid flashback (I don't think). We were weaving through the hilly streets of downtown in the shadow of the Sunsphere, a discoball of a monument built for the 1982 World's Fair, and suddenly I was there in the crowd, staring at the future. » 4/18/14 12:25pm 4/18/14 12:25pm

Does a $20 Glass Built Just for Coke Actually Improve the Taste?

Any discerning oenophile will tell you that the shape of a wine glass can make a huge difference in your imbibing experience. On the other hand, that could just be a bunch of bullshit. Either way, Riedel decided to do for Coke what it's spent decades doing for pinot: design a glass scientifically optimized for taste.… » 4/01/14 1:00pm 4/01/14 1:00pm

Your Next Soda Could Come With Internet Access

Looks like the way we drink soda is about to get a whole lot smarter—or, at the very least, more connected. OpenStack Engineering Manager Alavaro Lopez Ortega stumbled across the fact that The Coca Cola Company recently registered no less than 16 million MAC (media access control) addresses. The question is: What… » 1/02/14 4:00pm 1/02/14 4:00pm

Mexican Coke Is Ditching Cane Sugar For High-Fructose Corn Syrup…

Well, this is some real bullshit. Mexican Coke is ditching its key ingredient, cane sugar, for high-fructose corn syrup. This is objectively awful. » 11/06/13 10:50am 11/06/13 10:50am

Coke Had to Cancel a Contest After a Bottle Cap Called Someone "Retard"

It's no fun to be called names, but usually you only have to worry about it from people. That's not always the case, as a Canadian woman learned when she cracked open a refreshing Vitamin water and was met with "YOU RETARD." That's one hell of a glitch. » 9/21/13 12:03pm 9/21/13 12:03pm

Dropping Stuff Off of a Building Is Exactly What Slow Motion Is For

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thing falling off a building is in want of slow motion. And if you needed any proof, here's a big ol' heap. » 8/01/13 2:18pm 8/01/13 2:18pm

20-Year-Old Coke Tastes So Much Better Than Modern Coke

My parents are research scientists and their work took us to the US when I was growing up. When we moved back to Hungary, on July 16, 1993, I saved a can of Coke on the plane home. I drank it yesterday. » 7/16/13 11:44am 7/16/13 11:44am

All Soda Cans Should Be This Easy To Share

Sharing a drink with someone when they can take a sip from the other side of your glass is reasonably acceptable. But that's just not possible with a canned beverage. You either agree to share their germs, or refuse to share at all. It's an age-old conundrum that Coca-Cola has finally solved with a two-in-one can… » 5/31/13 10:31am 5/31/13 10:31am

The World's Thinnest Coke Machine Can Slide Under Your Bed

Coca-Cola promotes its Diet Coke as the perfect soft drink for those looking to keep a slim figure. And to further drive that point home, the sugar water empire teamed up with Ogilvy & Mather Paris to create the Slender Vender—the world's thinnest vending machine. » 5/06/13 12:28pm 5/06/13 12:28pm

What Kind of Sorcery Lets You Filter Water Out of Coke?

I have so many questions about being able to filter water out of coke. I don't even care why. But does it tast like Coke flavored water? Or water flavored coke? Or maybe even just carbonated sugar water without the cola? The guy makes it seem like it taste disgusting and that's the complete opposite of Coca Cola.… » 4/20/13 2:00am 4/20/13 2:00am

These Clever Packages Can Turn Crates of Coke Into Boxes of Life-Saving…

It's one thing to have life-saving medicine, but it's quite another to get it delivered to where its really needed. And what better way to make sure it gets to the furthest reaches of the world than by packing it in with a truly vital necessity like Coke. » 3/27/13 4:40pm 3/27/13 4:40pm

A Woman Died from Drinking Too Much Coca Cola

It always seemed like a scare tactic that fat fearing parents would tell their sugar loving kids: if you drink too much Coke, you could die! (okay, maybe in a not so morbid way) But a woman actually died from drinking too much Coke. The coroner blamed the 30-year-old woman's 2.2 GALLON a day Coke problem—as in Coca… » 2/12/13 10:30pm 2/12/13 10:30pm

The Secret Algorithm That Controls Everything About Orange Juice

If you ever wondered how orange juice can always taste so damn perfect every time you have it, it's because of an algorithm. Coca Cola, which makes Simply Orange and Minute Maid, has an algorithm called the "Black Book" which allows it to standardize Mother Nature. It's crazy. » 2/02/13 1:00am 2/02/13 1:00am

If You Want Me To Sing In Public You'll Have To Do Better Than a Free…

Coca-Cola has long been associated with the holidays: from polar bears with questionable diets, to the myth that the company created our modern image of the man in red. But this year the company's Christmas marketing efforts completely miss the mark. Instead of turning caffeine addicts into spies for a free bottle… » 12/14/12 8:40pm 12/14/12 8:40pm

What's It Like to Spend One Minute as James Bond?

Most marketing stunts are just plain annoying, but every once in a while one comes along that doesn't make you completely hate the company behind it. Such is the case with this cross-promotion for Coke Zero and the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, which turned unsuspecting travelers into James Bond for one very… » 10/19/12 1:45pm 10/19/12 1:45pm

What Would Happen If Those Coca-Cola Polar Bears Really Drank Soda?

I once loved everything about soda. Its amazing refreshing ability, its sweetness, its bubbles—it was magic in liquid form. But of course it came with the cost of ridiculous amounts of sugar and calories. So I cut back. But for people who don't cut back on soda? Watch out. Here's what would happen if those cute… » 10/10/12 8:20pm 10/10/12 8:20pm

Clever Coke Ad Turns Any Magazine Into a Speaker Dock

iPhone users in Brazil who also subscribe to a magazine called Capricho recently got an extra bonus in one issue. But it wasn't a promo code for a free iTunes track or anything like that. No, it was a special printed cover that turned the rolled up magazine into a passive amplifying speaker for their phone. » 9/28/12 5:40pm 9/28/12 5:40pm

Sacrilege: Coca-Cola Will Soon Be Sold In Bottle-Shaped Eco-Friendly…

Apparently in many parts of Central America, expensive soda drinks like Coca-Cola are served up in plastic Ziploc bags—instead of glass or plastic bottles—so they're more affordable. And so the iconic and highly recognizable shape of the Coke bottle isn't lost, the sugar water maker has created these Coca-Cola bags as… » 7/07/12 9:00am 7/07/12 9:00am