Cokelore

A case of classic Coke legends that never seem to go flat.

11 Articles
  • Published 14 August 2019
11 Articles

For more than a century, Coca-Cola has been marketed into ubiquity, its iconic advertising reflecting a mythos of American life. And its influential position in our culture has seeded a special set of legends that seems to search for the secret ingredient that could launch a global success. Enjoy.

Does Coca-Cola Contain Cocaine?

Legend holds that the original Coca-Cola formula contained a significant amount of cocaine.

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Can Coca-Cola Prevent Pregnancy?

Using Coke as a spermicide has been part of contraceptive lore at least since the 1950s.

False
Was the Coca-Cola Bottle Design an Accident?

Rumor has it the shape of the Coca-Cola bottle was mistakenly based on the cacoa tree seed pod.

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Bite the Wax Tadpole

Did Coca-Cola translate its name into a Chinese phrase meaning 'bite the wax tadpole'?

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Are Coke and Pepsi Used as Pesticides in India?

The real question should be: Are soft drinks being used effectively as pesticides?

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Can Coca-Cola Dissolve Teeth?

Imagine what it could do to your stomach!

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Was the ‘New Coke’ Fiasco Just a Clever Marketing Ploy?

It's almost inconceivable that a company of the size and scope of Coca-Cola could make a mistake on the scale of the one it made in 1985.

False
Coca-Cola’s Secret Formula

Coca-Cola's formula is not really so much of a secret that only two men each know half of it.

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Do the Acids in Coca-Cola Make It Harmful to Drink?

Nearly all carbonated soft drinks contain carbonic acid.

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Risqué Coca-Cola Poster

Coca-Cola once recalled an advertising poster due to an overtly sexual image hidden within it.

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Was Coca-Cola Carbonated by Accident?

Did Coca-Cola's inventor mix his syrup with soda water because a drugstore clerk made a mistake?

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