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Mar042009

In Which This Is Sort Of About Shaq's Twitter

Democracy Super America

by Molly Lambert

Have a coke. Go fucking crazy!

What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.

- Andy Warhol

"As We May Think" is an essay by Vannevar Bush, first published in The Atlantic Monthly in July 1945. Bush argued that as humans turned from war, scientific efforts should shift from increasing physical abilities to making all previous collected human knowledge more accessible. He also helped invent the atomic bomb.

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The Internet Of Things

Coke Art

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Selena was a spokesperson for Coca-Cola from 1989 till the time of her death. She filmed three commercials for the company. In 1994, to commemorate her five years with the company, Coca-Cola issued special Selena coke bottles.

Coca-Cola was the first-ever sponsor of the Olympic games, at the 1928 games in Amsterdam, and has been an Olympics sponsor ever since.

OLYMPICS

The Coca-Cola Company has been criticized for its business practices as well as the alleged adverse health effects of its flagship product. A common criticism of Coke based on its allegedly toxic acidity levels has been found to be baseless by researchers; lawsuits based on these criticisms have been dismissed by several American courts for this reason.

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There are some consumer boycotts of Coca-Cola in Arab countries due to Coke's early investment in Israel during the Arab League boycott of Israel. This contrasts sharply to Pepsi which stayed out of Israel. Mecca Cola and Pepsi have been successful in the Middle East as an alternative.

Fanta has its origins in Nazi Germany, when a trading ban was placed on Germany by the Allies during World War II. The Coca-Cola company therefore was not able to import the syrup needed to produce Coca-Cola in Germany.

As a result, their chief chemist, Dr. Schetelig, decided to create a new product for the Germany market created using only ingredients available in Germany. They called the new product Fanta.

Molly Lambert is the managing editor of This Recording.

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I've always thought the best thing about Coke® was seeing the bottle factory at work in afternoon movies in elementary school.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHugh

The Nazi-Fanta connection is a myth - Fanta was apparently created by Max Keith, a German-born non-Nazi employee of the Coca Cola company. See: http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/fanta.asp

I'm kind of disappointed.

March 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

but what about warhol's cocaine addiction? wasn't that drug at least partially responsible for not only coca-cola's meteoric rise to success but also for andy's seemingly endless amounts of energy?

was he or was he not under the influence when he wrote, or dictated most likely, the remark you quote?

apologies for answering a question with a question but i know if anybody can get to the rotten bottom of this semi-sordid semi-sweet ordeal, and finally confront the taboo, it's the fine folks found @ this recording, esp. the author of this here post, ms molly lambert.

thank you, good day.

March 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeadscreen
fantastic story
September 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterasri

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