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Cokelore

More than a century after the creation of Coca-Cola, we're still as much in love with this most famous of soft drinks as our great-grandparents were. Hold up a Coke, and you proclaim all that's best about the American way of life: Coca-Cola is first dates and shy kisses, a platoon of war-weary GIs getting letters from home, and an old, rusted sign creaking in the wind outside the hometown diner. Coca-Cola is also one of the most successful companies the world has ever known; nothing can be that big and popular, so much a part of everyday life, without having legends spring up around it. Coca-Cola's uniquely influential position in our culture has led to a special set of legends we call 'Cokelore'; a collection of Coke trivia and tall tales sure to refresh even the most informationally-parched reader.

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Red, White, and Jew
Coca-Cola was once considered anti-Semitic for refusing to do business in Israel.

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Feel the Curves
Coca-Cola recalled an advertising poster due to a risqué image hidden within it.

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Cocaine-Cola
Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine.

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Design Err Shape
The shape of the Coca-Cola bottle was based on the cacao tree seed pod.

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Bite the Wax Tadpole
Coca-Cola's name was translated into Chinese as "bite the wax tadpole."

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Knew Coke
The New Coke fiasco was actually a clever marketing ploy.

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Fortuitous Fizz
Coca-Cola became carbonated by accident.

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The Claus That Refreshes
The modern image of Santa Claus was created by Coca-Cola.

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Killer Sperm
Coca-Cola is an effective contraceptive.

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Coke Adds Life
Pouring Coca-Cola onto a piece of raw pork will cause worms to come crawling out of the meat.

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Tooth in Advertising
A tooth left in a glass of Coca-Cola will dissolve overnight.

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Painkiller Combination
Combining Coca-Cola and aspirin will get you high.

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Have a Cloak and a Smile
Only two people in the company know Coca-Cola's formula, and each of them only knows half of it.

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How Green Was My Ballyhoo
Coca-Cola was originally green.

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LDS Sense
The Mormons own the Coca-Cola Company.

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Derisive Snort
The cursive script of the Coca-Cola label includes an image of a person snorting cocaine.

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Death of Little Mikey
Little Mikey of LIFE cereal fame died from the explosive effects of mixing Pop Rocks candy with Coca-Cola.

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Acid Slip
The acids in Coca-Cola make it harmful to drink.

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Canned Response
A child who drank the liquid used as ballast in a MagiCan promotion died.

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CO2 Fast, 2 Furious
A university student who drank too many Cokes died from carbon dioxide poisoning.

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The Reich Stuff
Fanta was invented by the Nazis.

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Diet Riot
Diet Coke contains more calories than stated, with Coca-Cola opting to pay a fine for the deception.

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Bottle It!
Coca-Cola came to be bottled when a stranger sold a two-word remarkable idea to the company: "Bottle it."

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MSG Mickey
Coca-Cola spiked with MSG is an aphrodisiac or soporific.

MixtureMIXTURE
The soft drinks Coca-Cola and Pepsi are used as pesticides by farmers in India.

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