Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing

Quiz: The Many Myths Of Coca-Cola

When Georgia pharmacist John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in 1886, it’s highly unlikely that he predicted his humble invention would achieve the status that it enjoys today in the world market. After all, it’s not just a product that sells well; it’s the world’s number one carbonated soft drink.

Still, being an omnipresent product that’s sold in over 200 countries worldwide can have a downside. In the case of Coca-Cola, that downside is embodied by the slew of preposterous rumors that have plagued the product for years. The problem has only grown worse in the internet age, when the most outlandish claim can go viral and become gospel truth in a matter of minutes to millions of people.

What follows are some of the allegations that have been associated with Coca-Cola over the years. Can you tell which statements are true, and which ones are just rumors?

Posted 4 Nov 2009