Coca-Cola is a soft drink, but it's so much more than a beverage. It's an iconic product that's recognizable to pretty much everyone on Earth. How much do you know about Coke?
It was first concocted back in 1886, about two decades after the Civil War. It started as a small product that turned into one of the world's most iconic brands.
And you wonder why Coke is one of the most-used products on planet Earth? The company sells about 1.8 BILLION bottles of its product each and every day, in around 200 countries. Dentists everywhere rejoice in their job security.
Pemberton was a druggist who lived in Atlanta, Georgia. He created Coke as a medicine of sorts, but the product instead became a popular refreshment.
A man named Griggs Candler offered free samples to get people hooked. With just one taste, they were much more willing to actually pay for it.
The name "Coca-Cola" refers to the drink's ingredients. The kola nut was used for caffeine, and coca leaves were (at first) used as another stimulant.
Mexicans love Coke. By some estimates, they drink more than 740 Coke products per year. Americans? About 400.
It's no wonder Coca-Cola was so refreshing and stimulating -- it included the coca plant, which of course is used to manufacture cocaine. Don't get excited, the company removed coca from the product way back in the early 1900s.
The formula for Coke is a closely-held trade secret. But the fact is, the company's brand name is one of the reasons it sells so much of its product, not some secret recipe.
In the early '60s, the company knew it was due to unveil a diet version of Coke, but it didn't want to dilute its core brand name. So it used the name "Tab" instead.
Pemberton was hooked on morphine due to a Civil War injury. He hope that the formulation of Coca-Cola might alleviate some of his pain without leaving him in a stupor or suffering from withdrawal.
In 1985, the company undertook one of its bravest -- and most controversial -- decisions ever, when it released New Coke. The backlash was immediate and severe.
New Coke wasn't a very good name, but "Coke II" seems like grasping at soda straws. We all know how this story is going to end.
Diet Coke might as well be an entirely different product, because it's formula is not at all like Coke's. In some places, it's not called Diet Coke, it's called Coca-Cola Light.
The fiasco that was New Coke dragged on for -- believe it or not -- nearly 20 years. Introduced in 1985, it finally went away for good in 2002.
A soda upstart named Pepsi was slashing into Coke's market share. In desperation, the company did away with its flagship product and brought in New Coke ... and it didn't go well.
Coke put tremendous effort and marketing into New Coke, but the borderline violent backlash against the product meant that "old" Coke was back in stores in about three months. New Coke and Classic Coke were sold side by side for years.
Coke Zero has no calories. Unlike Diet Coke, the company specifically targeted Zero towards males, who often associate diet drinks with more feminine soda choices.
During World War II, shipping bottles to troops serving overseas wasn't an option, so the company came up with the idea for aluminum cans. But that idea stalled largely due to aluminum rationing.
We'll probably never know for sure, but there was rampant speculation that New Coke was significantly cheaper to manufacture. So the company kept pushing the product, hoping to increase its profits.
Every second of the day, about 10,000 Coke products are consumed by people around the world. And according to the commercials, some polar bears partake, too.
If you've ever had a Coke that's too warm, you know it -- the sweetness can be a bit overwhelming. But at the "ideal" temperature of 34 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit, it's a fizzy and refreshing treat.
There is no blueberry version of Coke Zero. It's been created in lemon, vanilla and cherry varieties.
A single can of Coke contains about 38 grams of sugar (mostly as high fructose corn syrup). For many people, that's a pretty significant chunk of their sugar intake for a single day.
There has never been a pine version of Coke. Cherry Coke, however, is one of the company's most successful offshoots of its famous product.
MagiCans had cash in them -- sometimes up to $500. In order to prevent people from guessing that lighter cans contained money, the company also put a type of gross water in the can. Some people drank it, and of course, subsequently sued.
In the 1920s, Coke changed up its Christmas season advertising to feature a jolly version of Santa Claus. Until that point, the depictions of Santa were less uniform (and often less jolly).
Coca-Cola Blak was available in the mid-2000s, in a select number of countries. It had a strong coffee flavor that completed the cola.
From soda, to energy drinks, to juices, Coca-Cola sells thousands of different beverages. It currently makes about 3,500 drinks.
Coke and McDonald's have had a close relatonship for decades. Unlike most joints, McDonald's receives its Coke in stainless steel containers instead of plastic bags. Many people swear that there is a taste difference.
Coca-Cola Life tastes a lot like regular Coke. But it uses sugar and stevia as its primary sweeteners, a fact that cuts down on calories.