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The Lost History of Coca-Cola's Biggest Failure

The Breakmate was supposed to revolutionise the consumption of carbonated drinks on par with the advent of the soda fountain and soda bottles, and bring delicious sugary soft drinks to millions of disenfranchised office workers. So why did Coca-Cola's foray into small-scale commercial vending during the 1980s flop so miserably? Read More >>

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Make a Shaken Soft Drink Shoot its Cap Like a Cannon Without Spilling a Drop

You probably think there are two ways to open a well-shaken bottle of soft drink: the tediously slow method, and the spill-it-all-over method. Turns out there's a third way, and it's awesome. You're definitely gonna want to try this. Read More >>

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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.
It wasn't just a mouthy bottle of Vitamin Water though. The whole thing was apparently part of a (ill-advised) sweepstakes by parent company Coca-Cola. The idea was that the caps would match a random English word (i.e. "you") with a French word (i.e. "retard"), and players could collect caps to make silly sentences. Wackiness ensues! Except not. Read More >>

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Magically Turn Soft Drinks into Delicious Slushies With This Trick

Soft drinks are teeth sweeteningly delicious. That is undeniable. Slushies capture all that is good about coke and its ilk but adds tongue tingling snowflakes into the mix. It's absolutely perfect for the summer. But how can we soft drink sipping peasants experience the rare beauty of slushies at home? With a little bit of magic and a bit more of science. Read More >>

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How the Design of Soft Drink Cans Have Changed Over Time

Things change over time. Famous logos morph from black and white text into ornately embossed colourful graphics. Home screens go from a few icons to pages and pages. Phones go from bricks with numbers to slates with touchscreens. It's just what happens. Little tweaks become overhauls. Just look at how your favourite soft drink cans have transformed. Read More >>

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All Soft Drink 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 that twists apart to make sharing easy. Read More >>

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Oh Man, This Genius Guy Created a Robot to Steal from Vending Machines

You could use measuring tape to steal a can of soda from a vending machine but if you're a genius, why not just invent a freaking robot to do the dirty work for you? This guy did just that. He inserts his robot inside the vending machine and controls it to grab as many sodas as possible. Awesome. Read More >>

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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 taste like Coke-flavoured water? Or water-flavoured coke? Or maybe even just carbonated sugar water without the cola? The guy makes it seem like it tastes disgusting, and that's the complete opposite of Coca Cola. Does that mean Crystal Pepsi is hiding inside Coke? Read More >>

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Diet Mixers Get You Drunk Faster

You might think that if you're mixing a cocktail it's only the liquor you should worry about. But new research suggests that the type of mixer you use also plays a role in how the booze affects your body. Read More >>

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

I once loved everything about soda / pop / cool drink / whatever you call those cans of amazing refreshing, sweet bubbles—it is magic in liquid form. But of course it comes with the cost of ridiculous amounts of sugar and calories. So I cut back. But for people who don't cut back on the stuff? Watch out. Here's what would happen if those cute Coca-Cola polar bears really drank it. Read More >>

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A Boy Needed 38 Stitches After a Frozen Fizzy Drink Can Exploded in His Face

When you want to cool a can of coke (or beer) quickly, what do you do? Stick it in the freezer! Wait a little bit and then boom, bang, icy deliciousness. We all do this. We don't expect the can to explode in our face and cut us up until we need 38 stitches like this poor boy in China. Read More >>

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Soda Versus Pop Versus Coke, Visualised

The route to answering the big questions these days — like, soda or pop? — is to grab a bunch of data from Twitter and analyse it. Which is exactly what Edwin Chen, a data scientist at Twitter, decided to do. Read More >>

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

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 recognisable shape of the Coke bottle isn't lost, the sugar water maker has created these Coca-Cola bags as a low-cost alternative to its traditional packaging. Read More >>

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Someone Put a Giant Soda Fountain Shower On a Beach

I can't wait to go back to Brazil and spend some time in Rio, the famous city where people dance in flip-flops while showering under giant soda fountains in the middle of the bea—wait. What? Read More >>

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