Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 00:01:21 -0500
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET
Subject: Re: NEW COKE
... both used Coke to mean any soft drink, there was some ...
I use "coke" to mean any cola-based soft drink (coca cola, pepsi cola, RC), but
I would never use it to refer to *any* soft drink (coke 7-up). I'm amazed
that anyone would say coke, when they mean 7-up.
What gripes me everytime, is to go into a fast food restaurant, order their
equivalent of a "happy-meal", ask for a coke to go with it, and be asked in
return, "Is Pepsi OK?" Of course Pepsi's OK, it's the same thing isn't it?
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
As a member of the "Pepsi generation" (I grew up in the 50's), where we
jingle "Pepsi-Cola hits the spot..." (someone pleease finish it), there was a
considerable war between the two. Coke was the original beverage and was
by a Georgian who sold the formula (which then contained cocaine and
to all the references to "dope" since the original formula was based upon
and cola nuts) to Asa Candler, an Atlanta druggist who refined the formula
and promoted it. It also contained a lot of sugar and caused teeth to rot.
Teachers loved to demonstrate this by taking a kid's baby tooth which had
fallen out and dropping
it into a glass of Coca-Cola and gloat as it slowly dissolved in about a week.
Coke was made to be sold at drugstore soda fountains and was dispensed into
filled with ice and which to which carbonated water was added. Because of
the ice and
the seltzer, the syrup was especially sweet. The caffeine, sugar (and earlier
presumably the cocaine) all had a highly addictive effect and combined with
fantastic promotional abilities made Coca Cola a major world product. As it
more popular it was put into a 6 1/2 ounce bottle which was just the right
give a jonesing teenager a jolt as well as a zit.
Pepsi was an also-ran, but in the 50's and 60's decided they would claim the
and somehow made the formula a little sweeter than Coke, found it had a
in Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and paid Richard Nixon to get their product
When the Cuban revolution led to the Great Cuban sugar embargo by the United
the soft drink industry began to search for alternatives to sugar, which
led to corn syrup.
Then in the greatest marketing debacle the world had ever seen (far worse
place, the introduction of the Edsel) Coca Cola introduced "New Coke" which
of corn syrup and which THEY thought tasted sweeter than Pepsi but really
bland canvas. They then reverted to "Classic Coke" which is supposed to be the
"original formula," whatever that means. Coke has never tasted the same, I
drink it unless desperate, and I think Pepsi (which isn't as good as it used
either) is still a heck of a lot better.
If you really think they taste the same, you probably can't distinguish between
Oreos and Hydrox cookies and there's no hope for you.
Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word
Coconut Grove, FL
crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ipof.fla.net
PS: Jay Leno has asserted that Egg Nog is the drink of choice at Christmas
because it is
the only drink with sufficient surface tension to force a Claxton fruitcake