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(New Scientist)   How can things like Coca-Cola's "secret" formula really stay secret?   ( divider line
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2003-01-28 01:23:03 PM  
Cause they're kept in a hermetically sealed mayonaise jar on Funk & Wagnel's front porch.
2003-01-28 01:31:05 PM  
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Cough syrup! Plain children's cough syrup!
2003-01-28 01:32:12 PM  
2003-01-28 01:33:09 PM  
I got yer secret sauce right here buddy (points to crotch).
2003-01-28 01:34:29 PM  

quite impressed by the speed of finding that image.
2003-01-28 01:37:14 PM  
2003-01-28 01:38:28 PM  
The recipe is no secret:

COCAine and CanOLA oil

Same thing for Pepsi

PEPSId ac and CanOLA oil

Always look for the obvious first when searching for anwers.
2003-01-28 01:38:34 PM  
Perhaps we should ask cola expert Janeane Garofalo.
2003-01-28 01:38:37 PM  
Because nobody wants to fess up to that they have been pissing in the syrup
2003-01-28 01:39:39 PM  
Two reasons: 1) It's really tough to find out, and B) No one cares. What, after all, would you do with the recipe if you had it? Impress the other losers at the local comic book shop with your secret, dangerous knowledge?
2003-01-28 01:39:54 PM  
Notice how they leave caffiene and sugar out of the list of flavorings. Yes, they do flavor it.
2003-01-28 01:41:19 PM  
I, however, want to know what the Colonel's secret blend of 11 herbs and spices is...
2003-01-28 01:41:29 PM  
Wow, I had no idea orange and cinnamon were involved. Not to mention "neroli."
2003-01-28 01:42:15 PM  
"Very interesting. But stupid."
2003-01-28 01:42:27 PM  
What about "the Colonel's" secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices? (Note there was some hubbub a while back when friends of the Colonel, who had bought his old house, found a journal with a recipe in it that happened to have 11 herbs and spices over which the KFC corporation had to sue to keep secret. They claimed it wasn't "the" recipe tho, after they got a look. Apologies if this story was on Fark, but I never saw it here.)

Coke still tastes ok, although they need to switch back to sweet sweet coca... i mean "cane sugar".
2003-01-28 01:43:08 PM  
Nobody ever retires from production, they just take dirt naps.
2003-01-28 01:44:16 PM  
They stay secret because they quietly kill all the people who start figuring it out...
2003-01-28 01:45:33 PM  
Quick...take out an ad and tell us all Ms. Sarandan !!!
2003-01-28 01:45:43 PM  
There is one ingredient in that "secret formula" that is not mentioned in the article: Saskra root. That ingredient is about to run out, and is nolonger obtainable. They will be forced to bring back "new" Coke very soon. Check it out!
2003-01-28 01:46:47 PM
2003-01-28 01:49:39 PM  
Lemme see if I can make that clickable...

2003-01-28 01:50:29 PM  
"To Serve Man. . IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!"
2003-01-28 01:52:25 PM  
"Ancient Chinese secret huh,..."
2003-01-28 01:53:10 PM  
"Moon men stole my socks."
2003-01-28 01:53:34 PM  
bah don't you guys watch history channel? when they stop talking about hitler somtimes they talk about cocacola..the other 20th century facists.

-== salutes vanilla coke
2003-01-28 01:55:46 PM  
Interestingly, a search for "saskra root" or "Saskra Fortissima" comes up with exactly one hit- the article. Hmmm...
2003-01-28 01:57:21 PM  
hey is there someone on here named aaron malone?
2003-01-28 01:57:34 PM  
FYI, though it may have been there in the early years, there is no longer any cocaine in coca cola.
2003-01-28 01:59:04 PM  
seen at the bottom of a certain webpage:

The Uncoveror is a journal of political satire and news parody. It is not intended for those younger than 18.
2003-01-28 02:00:16 PM  
there are insanely small unfindable trace amounts still of coke in coke...but uhh yeah..who cares.
2003-01-28 02:03:50 PM  
ever wonder why america fights the war on drugs? thats right kids! this way they can confiscate cocaine from south america (free) and in turn sell it to coca cola ($$$) so they can spike the coke and keep all those americans drinking the product, thus driving the economy!
2003-01-28 02:04:27 PM  
When given the choice of the leading colas, I will invariably choose malted battery acid. Goes down smooth, and reminds you it's there for months.
2003-01-28 02:06:24 PM  
the DMCA keeps them secret!
2003-01-28 02:09:11 PM  
Coca-cola contains natural ingredients?!

2003-01-28 02:10:38 PM  
Sure, Ruta- water. Taken fresh from the New Jersey Municipal Water Supply, so you know it's pure!(tm)
2003-01-28 02:16:08 PM  
Ctenidae but just searching "Saskra" turns up 11 hits, including a porn star.
2003-01-28 02:28:51 PM  

NEWSFLASH ! The Goverment has just concluded that drinking Coca Cola with it's secret ingredients will impair your judgement and make you pregnant. Now back to the Stupor, er SUPER Bowl.

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2003-01-28 02:29:42 PM  
Blah_ -

I mentioned to my girlfriend earlier that I thought I was becoming excessively paranoid. Thank you for raising the bar.
2003-01-28 02:30:06 PM  
Unknown^H^H^H^H Tar

Bob help whoever gets that reference.
2003-01-28 02:47:15 PM  
there are insanely small unfindable trace amounts still of coke in coke...but uhh yeah..who cares.

So how would someone find "unfindable" trace amounts of something? Do you need to remove your tinfoil hat while looking?
2003-01-28 02:50:03 PM
2003-01-28 02:50:14 PM  
There's something fishy about that Mrs. Paul, too....
2003-01-28 02:56:57 PM  
And we all know where Mrs. Butterworth's been. . .
2003-01-28 02:58:36 PM  
Saulsa: most U.S. currency apparently has trace amounts of cocaine on it too. So I wouldn't be surprised if there was a small amount in every edible product. That said, if by "small amount" you mean a few molecules... you just breathed in a small amount of one of my farts. Statistically it's likely.
2003-01-28 03:01:35 PM  
Coca-Cola is made outta...PEOPLE!
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2003-01-28 03:04:28 PM  
01-28-03 02:30:06 PM

Unknown^H^H^H^H Tar
Bob help whoever gets that reference

Superman, The Movie?
2003-01-28 03:20:54 PM  
I want some taquitos.
2003-01-28 03:31:49 PM  
The three most significant things about Coca Cola are when they stopped putting Cocaine in it, when they stopped making it with 100% cane sugar and when they tried to go after Shmepsi with "New Coke". First one smart, the other two dumb.
2003-01-28 03:34:11 PM  
they don't find it in the coke, they just know the method they use to extract it from the ingrediants is only 99.99999999999999999999999999999 blah blah % effective so one assumes theres some left =) and as NSA said all that too i guess.
2003-01-28 03:40:50 PM  
Superman 3 ? (The one with Richard Pryor master hacker)
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