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The refreshment stand is closed forever

Here are some compilations of old drive-in theater intermission shorts, obsolete advertising for vanished venues. Won't you please visit our celestial snack bar? The show starts in ∞ minutes. Hover over links for more detail.
1 (10m, corn dogs, Dairy Queen) - 2 (10m, Butch, Eskimo Pie) - 3 (7m, public displays of affection) - 4 (3m, cable TV)
5 (10m, PSAs) - 6 (10m, performing food!) - 7 (9.5m, racist indians, snack bar gnomes) - 8 (10m, Jay Ward-like cartoon roundup)
9 (4m, daylight savings time) - 10 (13m, shrimp rolls, local ads) - 11 (10.5m, Dr Pepper robbery, conformity, PSAs) - 12 (14m, Creepy the Clown and "Dutch Treete")
13 (10m, Optigan music spectacular!) - 14 (2m, EAT CANDY BARS) - 15 (9m, Swiss people are magical) - 16 (5m, assorted animation)
17 (17m, Snacks in Space) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 15, 2014 - 48 comments

Richard Nixon and Donald Kendall: Pepsi in Russia and South America

It has been said in half-jest that Pepsi was the official soda of the Cold War. Vice President Richard Nixon shared a Pepsi with Soviet Russia's Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, at the opening of the "American National Exhibition" in Moscow on July 24, 1959, after the famous "Kitchen Debate" (CBS newscast on Archive.org; transcript with two photos from the day). But how was it that Pepsi was the only Western soda-pop available there that day? Look to Donald Kendall, a long-time pal of Richard Nixon, who starting out in 1947 selling fountain syrup in New York, and rose through the ranks to be President of Pepsi Cola International by 1957. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 11, 2014 - 13 comments

What Coke Contains

What Coke Contains.
posted by chunking express on Mar 4, 2013 - 80 comments

A part of this nutritious vibraty feeling all through your guttiwuts

Coke Engineers Its Orange Juice — With an Algorithm: Black Book isn’t really a secret formula. It’s an algorithm. Revenue Analytics consultant Bob Cross, architect of Coke’s juice model, also built the model Delta Air Lines (DAL) uses to maximize its revenue per mile flown. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water on Feb 15, 2013 - 52 comments

CBS Bans Superbowl SodaStream Ad

CBS banned SodaStream’s Super Bowl spot because, apparently, it was too much of a direct hit to two of its biggest sponsors, Coke and Pepsi. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Feb 4, 2013 - 89 comments

Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years

Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years
posted by spiderskull on Nov 15, 2012 - 44 comments

Passion in My Pants

Mentos + Coke + Condom. SLYT. Safe for work, unless you're against balloons.
posted by Apropos of Something on Sep 18, 2012 - 33 comments

I'd like to buy the world a giant garbage patch in the ocean

Sodastream will ignore a cease-and-desist letter from Coca-Cola regarding a marketing campaign in South Africa (and ~20 other locations) referred to as "The Cage."
posted by mrgrimm on Jun 19, 2012 - 207 comments

Drone music, sorta

Throughout time immemorial, songs of patriotism, such as Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" are a staple of countries at war. Our ballads root for our soldiers to come back safe and sound to families and sweethearts, but who sings the tale about the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the autonomous drone that pines for the vending machine it left at home? Only the evil ghost of Johnny Cash does. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 19, 2011 - 37 comments

Have a Coke and a Smile (assuming you have any teeth left).

You know those Coke Freestyle machines? Where you can make your own combos? Like, 127 of them? [more inside]
posted by ga4ry on Oct 19, 2011 - 96 comments

Bookseller/Zine Publisher/Free Speech Hero

"Born Shigeyoshi Murao in 1926, he was universally known as Shig. His playful demeanor—not to mention his signature beard, Pendleton shirts, Royal Air Force exercise vest, horn-rimmed glasses, and bowler—rendered him unforgettable. But that did not make him easy to know. Shig, who died in 1999, is largely remembered for an event that occurred on June 3, 1957, when two undercover agents from the San Francisco Police Juvenile Squad showed up at City Lights to buy a seventy-five-cent book of poetry." [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 5, 2011 - 10 comments

Why Diet Sodas Are No Benefit to Dieters

A recent study shows that people who drink diet soda tend to have larger waist circumferences over time. But is there an actual link? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 1, 2011 - 83 comments

Line by Line

The Street Price of Cocaine, Country to Country The Economist's report is based on data from the UN's recently released World Drug Report.
posted by modernnomad on Jun 24, 2011 - 43 comments

I'm Not Worth A Damn

An oldie but a goodie: Don Reese, then of the San Diego Chargers, talks about his own problems with cocaine and the widespread drug use in the NFL at the time. [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 24, 2011 - 9 comments

Soda > Slander & Lies

1980SLYT: Kim Mitchell* - "Go For a Soda" (1984). In whiche our protagonist experiences his favorite rock singer (1) step out of the television, (2) do a little dance on the table, and (3) join his band in the refrigerator. All while singing a Hard Rock Anthem about the joys of S-O-D-A. [ *wiki • via the voice of great antiquity's great blog post about being a contestant on Jeopardy. via jessamyn ]
posted by not_on_display on Apr 12, 2011 - 43 comments

Go Ahead, Be Vulnerable. This Is Coke Talk.

This is an advice column by an L.A. party girl who likes to talk shit on the internet. E.g. She’ll take your questions about the point of Serious Relationships. And give you advice about your sexual identity. Or tell you about a little something called Prince Charming Disease. There’s some advice about managing your existential crisis too. Even replies to fifteen year old girls on tumblr about their teenage flirting. There is also tons of fun sized advice. In her own summary: “What I [write] may be unfiltered, but it’s still cooked up from the same basic ingredients as the rest of pop culture.” It’s “Shady advice from a raging bitch who has no business answering any of these questions.” It’s Dear Coke Talk. [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Mar 24, 2011 - 85 comments

Is it the real thing?

TAL says it's got Coca Cola's top-secret recipe. The radio show This American Life found a 1979 newspaper photo of a hand-written copy of John Pemberton's top-secret original Coke recipe. Presto: the secret ingredients of 7X. Coke says no way. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Feb 15, 2011 - 192 comments

The soldiers and police were going from house to house in search of Coke

73 dead in Kingston, Jamaica after four days of fighting resulting from the search for alleged drug dealer Christopher 'Dudus' Coke. He remains at large. [more inside]
posted by Jawn on May 27, 2010 - 62 comments

Catch the Wave

25 years ago this month, with a move similar to the recent Tonight Show switchfail - Coca Cola introduced a new version of their signature product. "New Coke" wasn't exactly what people were looking for, but it all worked out OK when the blunder gave birth to "Classic" Coke, which went away quietly last year.
posted by davebush on Apr 1, 2010 - 112 comments

this is only a coincidence

You have reached 1-800-I Feel OK.(mp3) To leave your own OK Soda Related Coincidence, Press 1. To listen to Coincidences, press 2. To respond to the OK Soda Personality Inventory, Press 3. To hear other fascinating options press [more inside]. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 20, 2010 - 25 comments

The new Coke...

Bolivia has a new softdrink that puts the Coca back in the cola... It shares a key ingredient with the original Coke and this new cola beverage seems to have the backing of the Bolivian government.
posted by brando_calrissian on Feb 9, 2010 - 42 comments

Soft Drinks Around the World

Soft drinks have become ubiquitous around the world. Everywhere you go, you are more likely than not going to see them being sold at stores, food carts and roadside stands. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 1, 2010 - 109 comments

Coke blinked

In late November Costco began a price dispute with Coca-Cola and very publicly announced that Costco would no longer carry Coke products at the current prices. Costco went so far as to stack pallets of Pepsi products near the entrance to warehouses with signs explaining the decision. The dispute has been settled with Coke products reappearing on Costco shelves at a new, lower, price.
posted by ericales on Dec 15, 2009 - 104 comments

_____ Blue

Coke is Corn. (Among other things.) [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq on Sep 27, 2009 - 44 comments

What do you get when you guzzle down sweets?

What's a soda lover to do when Passover Coke has, well, passed over? Find other cane sugar sodas, of course! [more inside]
posted by Saydur on Apr 8, 2009 - 32 comments

Get your own meat puppet, this one's mine!

When I was a kid Meat Puppets were a band. When I was an adolescent a meat puppet was a cool concept in a cool science fiction book. Now that I am an adult I have no idea what this is: Pete The Meat Puppet (maybe NSFW). [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Dec 1, 2008 - 31 comments

enough to kill a small horse

"I found these in a red photo album marked "Darlene" at a swap meet in Huntington Beach, California." The Cocaine Photos. Images from a more innocent time.
posted by oneirodynia on Mar 27, 2008 - 91 comments

A history of television hijacking.

During the 70s and 80s a new phenomenon appeared. Television Hijacking. It started in 1977 when a man in England hijacked the sound broadcast of a newscast. In 1986, a hijacker known as Captain Midnight hijacked HBO in response to their scrambling of television signals. The year after (20 years ago as of today), a character disguised as Max Headroom (a television character) infiltrated two Chicago television studios in one night. First the man infiltrated Channel 9 (WGN) for a few seconds with no sound, and then moved on to attack another Chicago station, this time with sound. After the Max Headroom incident, television hacking incidents were rare in the United States except for this one in Wyoming.
posted by ooklala on Nov 22, 2007 - 38 comments

Masturbating elephants for science

"One guy I know got a black eye from being hit by an elephant’s penis."
posted by homunculus on Mar 8, 2007 - 37 comments

Coke's secret

Three people have been arrested for stealing secret information about Coke's drink recipe. Apparently the recipe isn't just restricted to two guys who never fly the same plane.
posted by exogenous on Jul 5, 2006 - 54 comments

The Real Thing, hecho in Mexico

Want the real "Real Thing", plenty of people know to look for the yellow cap and stock up on some passover Coke. But unsanctioned by the corporation, Mexican Coke is now showing up in the USA, in the old fashioned glass bottles.
posted by 445supermag on Mar 19, 2006 - 62 comments

Some Guy's Blog, Plus Coke and Ikea

Minor Tweaks. No biggie, it's just some guy's little blog, with some hit-or-miss funny stuff and a few running features that are vaguely reminiscent of McSweeney's. The Ikea Dialogues and the Coke Dialogue are worth a chuckle. Note: Anna and Hank really do talk like that; I encourage you to go and harrass them (click "Ask Anna") yourselves. Start by asking if they're married, and take it from there.
posted by Gator on Jan 18, 2006 - 19 comments

World Chill

World Chill How chill are you? (Flash and slow)
posted by none on Jul 5, 2005 - 9 comments

hacking coke machines

Hacking Coke machines, courtesy YouCSD.com
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jan 23, 2005 - 32 comments

Fighting fire with...Coke?

Max Keiser wants to take down Coca-Cola. He's the founder of KarmaBanQue,a boycott portal that has information for activists, and the occasional scary Photoshop job.
posted by greatgefilte on Nov 28, 2004 - 20 comments

Coke pulls Dasani from UK shelves

Coca Cola pulls Dasani from UK shelves after it is found to contain Bromate, a highly carcinogenic derivative of Bromide. The US formula isn't wildly different. What's in your water?
posted by omidius on Mar 20, 2004 - 38 comments

New Cokes And Pepsis

Niche Meets Nietzsche In The Coke Wars: Andrew Barlow's piece on the new Cokes and Pepsis, like all good satire, sounds like the future. Can the mix-your-own Coke on demand be far behind?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Feb 28, 2004 - 29 comments

Bitter Rivals

Pepsi vs. Coke. Nabisco vs. Keebler vs. Planters. Levi's vs. Lee Dungarees (click on Buddy Lee Action). Any other classic rivalries out there we can settle "Friday Flash" style?
posted by TheFarSeid on Dec 11, 2003 - 6 comments

Rum And Rum Cocktails

Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rum! In August, one's lazy fancy turns naturally to sex mush daiquiris; caipirinhas; mojitos; piña coladas and other rum cocktails. Why is the great cane spirit, infinitely complex and delightful - which, in its young, white distillation can be used instead of vodka or gin in any highball or cocktail - so neglected nowadays? And whatever happened to the most politically delicious reason for drinking Coke: the embargo-busting Cuba Libre, made with delicious, sinful Cuban Havana Club?
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jul 31, 2003 - 54 comments

Germany's Fanta website

Germany's Fanta website let's you subtitle (what I think are Bollywood) movie clips! It's a good waste of time if you got to waste your time.
posted by Slimemonster on Mar 17, 2003 - 9 comments

forget cola wars. this is a cola jihad.

`Papa, I agree not to drink Coke, but you have to give me something.'
so what do you do when the populace calls for a tall glass of fizzy sugar water, but the primary suppliers are bonified infidels? you make your own...

and you call it Mecca-Cola.
posted by grabbingsand on Dec 31, 2002 - 29 comments

Coke paints the Himalayas red.

Coke paints the Himalayas red. Will this finally boost soft drink sales in the region?
posted by popkick on Aug 19, 2002 - 26 comments

Coke Owns Jesus.

Coke Owns Jesus. Take this, all of you, and drink from it. This is my soft drink, which I offer up to you...
[via ktheory.]
posted by me3dia on May 15, 2002 - 30 comments

Vanilla Coke

Vanilla Coke came out today. Anyone tried it? What's the verdict (besides anti-corporation rants)? This person was underwhelmed.
posted by gazingus on May 15, 2002 - 73 comments

South Koreans replace Coke with dog meat juice at World Cup soccer stadium.

South Koreans replace Coke with dog meat juice at World Cup soccer stadium. Maybe I'm missing something in the translation. Related story on World Cup dog meat burgers here (in Japanese, sorry). Rough translation on FG.
posted by curiousg on Apr 26, 2002 - 19 comments

<Jaws theme> Legislating a sin tax on soda </Jaws theme>

<Jaws theme> Legislating a sin tax on soda </Jaws theme> California state Senate Bill 1520 would impose an excise tax on sweetened beverages sold to retail dealers after July 1, 2003. Sen. Deborah V. Ortiz, the bill’s author, anticipates that pop distributors would pass the cost along to consumers. Just let me keep buying Entenmann's crumb cake, ok?
posted by NortonDC on Apr 15, 2002 - 34 comments

Vanilla Coke?!?

Vanilla Coke?!? Say it ain't so...
posted by Miyagi on Apr 2, 2002 - 75 comments

Wanna Cure Back Pain??

Wanna Cure Back Pain?? Australian Freestyle Skier Jaqui Cooper drank a potion of Diet Coke and crushed cockroaches to help cure her fractured vertebra. Finally, something roaches are useful for!
posted by Lanternjmk on Feb 11, 2002 - 11 comments

The truth is out there... but is it The Real Thing?

The truth is out there... but is it The Real Thing? An example of 'victim' mentality in action. Big Bubba attempts to mug a coke machine, and it squashes him like a bug. Rather than accept the fact their son died a lunkhead's death, his parents declare he was the victim of a conspiracy.

"Why did the Sherbrooke Police play at tilting the machine themselves to see if they could tip it? Is not that the role of experts?"

I want to be an expert soda-machine tipper...
posted by Perigee on Oct 19, 2001 - 21 comments


Coca Cola vs. H2O:

Coca Cola vs. H2O: Common dreams republishes documents from CocaCola's website describing their ongoing war against tap water in resturaunts. The bottom line? Tap water doesn't make money for CocaCola, but drinking bottled tap water such as Dasani does.
posted by KirkJobSluder on Sep 2, 2001 - 21 comments

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