One of the most interesting parts of pop culture is the existence of urban legends. I love them, and certainly can be found watching the TV shows that “bust” the myths we've all heard. Since Coke is a part of pop culture, it's certainly the subject of many legends.
There's one traveling around the Internet about Coca-Cola originally being green in color. (Yes, some people have been told that Coca-Cola – the drink itself – was actually green when it was first created. For the record, Coke has always been brown!)
Now I've just learned of a really fantastic myth: "Coca-Cola was the favored drink of Pharaoh Ramses. An inscription found in his tomb, when translated, was found to be almost identical to the recipe used today."
I love this one because it is so ridiculous. The best proof point – of many – is that Coca-Cola was introduced in 1886 – quite a bit later than the Pharaohs!
One myth that is at least kind of based in reality is that Coca-Cola translated in Chinese means “Bite the Wax Tadpole,” which I wrote about in March. In fact, in Mandarin Coca-Cola means "delicious happiness," which is part of our Olympic program this year.
So many myths and rumors exist about Coca-Cola that we've set up a whole area about them on our website. Check them out and learn the truth.
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