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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:36 AM

Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/why-we-took-cocaine-out-of-soda/272694/



When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more euphoria.

So in 1863, when Parisian chemist Angelo Mariani combined coca and wine and started selling it, a butterfly did flap its wings. His Vin Marian became extremely popular. Jules Verne, Alexander Dumas, and Arthur Conan Doyle were among literary figures said to have used it, and the chief rabbi of France said, "Praise be to Mariani's wine!"

Pope Leo XIII reportedly carried a flask of it regularly and gave Mariani a medal.

Seeing this commercial success, Dr. John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta -- himself a morphine addict following an injury in the Civil War -- set out to make his own version. He called it Pemberton's French Wine Coca and marketed it as a panacea. Among many fantastic claims, he called it "a most wonderful invigorator of sexual organs."



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xchrom Feb 2013 OP
TexasTowelie Feb 2013 #1
SunSeeker Feb 2013 #7
Pachamama Feb 2013 #2
Hotler Feb 2013 #3
xchrom Feb 2013 #5
LisaLynne Feb 2013 #4
kag Feb 2013 #6
SunSeeker Feb 2013 #8
Heidi Feb 2013 #9
xchrom Feb 2013 #10
Yavin4 Feb 2013 #11
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #12
DemoTex Feb 2013 #13
mojowork_n Feb 2013 #14

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:50 AM

1. The sexual organs are invigorated?

Oh my!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:42 AM

7. Apparently, there have always been boner ads.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:09 AM

2. The vatican enjoyed it too....

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:10 AM

3. That is a great stroy. Thanks for sharing. n/t

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Response to Hotler (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:16 AM

5. ...

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:12 AM

4. I vow to use " like cocaine, but with more euphoria"

to describe something or someone at some point in my life.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:32 AM

6. Isn't it interesting...

...that for white customers the fact that it "invigorates the sexual organs" is a selling point. But when the black community finally got access to it, the fears of black men raping white women suddenly make it a menace that should be outlawed.

I guess they weren't too worried about white men raping black women or white men raping white women.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:42 AM

8. K&R

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:45 AM

9. Kick!

And

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Response to Heidi (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:52 AM

10. Bon Jour, Mademoiselle Thing!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:58 AM

11. Let's see. Jules Verne = "20K Leagues Under the Sea", Alexander Dumas = "Three Musketeers",

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle = "Sherlock Holmes".

We got some fantastic works of literature from that stuff.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:27 AM

12. Fascinating...thank you so much for posting this.

I jsut ordered the book mentioned in the article ( used, from Amazon).

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:33 AM

13. That is why Coca-Cola was called "dope."

In the South (at least) Coca-Cola - and other "soft" drinks - were often called "dope."

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:05 PM

14. Wait a minute...

...one hundred seventy thousand kilos of coca leaf are brought into New Jersey every year, processed to extract all that is good and invigorating, then shipped to Coca-Cola plants all over the country to be blended in to Coke Syrup as "Merchandise No. 5."

But what happens to the stuff that's extracted?

The manufacturer submits quarterly reports to the DEA or Bureau of Narcotics or to whomever, but what really happens?

....It could be an interesting premise for a short work of fiction.

Oh, and thanks for re-pasting the great graphics from the article. Quite a lot to ruminate on in this one.

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