Thursday, March 30, 2006

Trivia: Invention of Coca-Cola

(via The Writer's Almanac on American Public Media)

"On this day [March 29] in 1886, John Pemberton perfected a headache and hangover remedy he had cooked up over a fire in his backyard. It contained coca leaves and extract of kola nut, and he advertised it as an Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage. He had been making something called Pemberton's French Wine Coca, but Atlanta had just passed a prohibition law, and he had to come up with an alcohol-free formula. He sweetened the new elixir with sugar instead of wine, and his bookkeeper suggested he name the beverage Coca-Cola."


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