Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company. Few people have not heard of the Coca-Cola drink, invented on May 8, 1886 in Atlanta (Georgia, USA) by a pharmacist, a former US Army officer, John Stith Pemberton. The name for the drink, created from coca leaves (three parts) and cola nuts (one part), was coined by Frank Robinson, Pemberton's accountant. By the way, the word "Coca-Cola" written by him in calligraphic letters remains the logo of the drink to this day.
First patented as a cure for nervous disorders, "Coca-Cola" gradually migrated from city pharmacies to stores and gained worldwide popularity. And, like all more or less successful products, Coca-Cola is surrounded by a huge amount of rumors, myths and misconceptions. Some of them have already been refuted, others are waiting in the wings. It is to debunking the best-known Coca-Cola myths that we are going to contribute.
Coca-Cola contains cocaine. Indeed, when it was not yet known about the harm to the body caused by cocaine, the drink included the leaves of the coca tree, which are also used to make cocaine. However, at the end of the 19th century, the negative effects on the body of cocaine were scientifically proven, and in 1903 the media accused the Coca-Cola producers of the drink causing the riots perpetrated by negroes from the city slums in New York. Since then, coca leaves have been added to Coca-Cola in pressed form, that is, without cocaine.
At the moment, the recipe for "Coca-Cola" looks something like this:
Caffeine (140 ppm);
Dye (sugar color, E150);
Phosphoric acid (phosphorus 170 ppm).
Many of the Coca-Cola myths were invented by the Russians. The authors of the overwhelming majority of myths about this drink are Americans. And these myths appeared at a time when practically nothing was known about "Coca-Cola" in the USSR.
In some American states, police use Coca-Cola to flush blood off the road, so road patrols carry two gallons (about seven liters) of this drink with them. It is a myth. First, that amount of Coca-Cola will not be enough to eliminate the consequences of a serious accident. Secondly, any liquid can be used to flush the blood - the result will be almost the same. Although there are blood stains on clothes, for example, Coca-Cola does dissolve.
In Coca-Cola, the meat dissolves within two days. "Coca-Cola" is not able to dissolve meat, but it can make it softer and juicier, therefore it is suitable as a marinade for meat products.
Coca-Cola can be used to clean bathtubs and toilets. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Coca-Cola does not clean ceramic products.
Rust stains can be removed by wiping the bumper with a piece of foil dipped in Coca-Cola. The exact same result can be achieved by simply wiping the bumper with foil. Coca-Cola does not attack rust. But products made of chrome or bronze, this drink can really cleanse well.
If you pour a can of Coca-Cola on the contacts of a car battery (or wipe a rusted bolt with a rag soaked in this drink), the rust will be washed off. Unfortunately, this opinion is wrong. Coca-Cola rust cannot be defeated.
If you pour a can of Coca-Cola into the washing machine, add washing powder, you can remove greasy stains from clothes. No, "Coca-Cola" will not remove grease stains from clothes.
Dust from the windshield of a car is best washed off with Coca-Cola. Yes, dust is washed off, but sticky brown stains remain on the glass. Therefore, it is best to use special liquids for cleaning car windows.
Coca-Cola has a very high acidity. Indeed, this drink contains phosphoric acid (acid level - 3 ph). But some types of beer have the same acidity, and vinegar shows no less level. And the acidity of pure lemon juice is 10 times higher than that of Coca-Cola.
Coca-Cola can dissolve a tooth overnight. Experiments have shown that the influence of this drink is not so strong.
Coca-Cola can dissolve a nail in four days. This is not true. Coca-Cola has the same effect on metals as any other liquid.
Coca-Cola is used to clean engines. Misconception. Coca-Cola cannot remove grease from the engine or other parts of the car.
Coca-Cola kills sperm. In fact, this drink is only able to dissolve sperm, but it does not affect the viability of sperm.
Coca-Cola can be used with any food. This is not entirely true. For example, you should refrain from using this drink with Mentos sweets. The fact is that Mentos (especially unpainted and unglazed) has a heterogeneous texture, which provokes the release of carbon dioxide dissolved in the drink. In addition, substances such as aspartame (a sugar substitute), a preservative (sodium benzoate), caffeine, gum arabic and gelatin are involved in the chain reaction that generates a real fountain of Coca-Cola. Such a "explosive mixture" may not lead to a lethal outcome, but it can give you a lot of rather unpleasant sensations for quite a long time.