This article was first published in our 31st annual edition, Uncle John’s Actual and Factual Bathroom Reader.
The generic name for a soft drink varies by region: In New England and the Southwest, it’s generally called “soda,” in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, it’s generally “pop,” and in Texas and the South it’s called “Coke” (even if it isn’t Coca-Cola).
If you ever see a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola at the store with a yellow cap, it’s a special formula—it’s kosher, brewed up for Passover.
Based on frosting flavors
Faygois a popular soda (or pop) in the Midwest, produced in Michigan. It offers super-sweet flavors like Cotton Candy and Grape because the company’s founders were previously bakers, and based the flavors on frosting flavors.
Drink it warm
In the 1960s, Dr Pepper was losing business in the winter So it started a marketing campaign to teach consumers to drink Dr Pepper warm with a slice of lemon, like tea.
3,500 different types
Worldwide, Coca-Cola produces about 3,500 different varieties of beverage.
Plastic costs less
It costs soda companies less to manufacture their product in plastic bottles than glass ones, but glass ones work better. Carbon gas can slowly escape through the plastic,leading to less fizz over time, and a far shorter shelf life.
When Nazi Germany was placed under trade embargoes during World War II, thecountry couldn’t get Coca-Cola.So the country’s local Coke bottler created orange flavored Fanta. (After the war, Coca-Cola adopted the drink worldwide.)
The most caffeine
Soda with the most caffeine: Diet Pepsi Max, with 69 milligrams per 12-ounce serving.Legal FDA-imposed caffeine limit for soft drinks: 71 milligrams per 12-ounce serving.