10 Fun Facts about Coca-Cola

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Ten Facts You Didn’t Know About Coca-Cola


Fact #1

Coke was invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Pemberton.

Fact #2

The first servings of Coca-Cola were sold for five cents per glass.

Fact #3

If every drop of Coca-Cola ever made was put into 8 ounce bottles and laid end-to-end, they would reach the moon and back over 2,000 times!

Fact #4

In 1985, Coca-Cola became the first soft drink in space.

Fact #5

Ever wondered where the “cola” part of the name came from? The kola nut, it turns out. The kola nut, found in Africa, where it had been an integral part of life for centuries, was said to have lots of medicinal effects, and the alkaloid better known as caffeine.

Fact #6

Diet Coke was introduced in 1982.

Fact #7

“Coca-Cola” is the second most understood term in the world, behind the word “okay.”

Fact #8

The first celebrity endorsements for Coca-Cola (different from the “Coca-Cola girls,” who appeared in the annual calendar), were singer Hilda Clark and opera star Lillian Nordica.

Fact #9

In 1991, Coca-Cola started using recycled materials in its packaging.

Fact #10

Coca-Cola essentially shaped the Santa Claus we know today, thanks to its ads. Pre-Coca-Cola ads that appeared in the 1930s, the depictions of Santa Claus showed Santa as a tall and “gaunt” man usually dressed in blue, green, or yellow. Then, Swedish-American artist Haddon Sundblom drew a fat, jolly man wearing Coca-Cola red and drinking — well, what else? — and forever changed what Santa looked like.