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(Yahoo)   Philanthropist figures out that hey, since Coca-cola seems to be able to distribute its products to every village, no matter how remote, on the African continent maybe I can convince them to take a little food and medicine on their trucks as well   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 69
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2013-03-29 01:43:15 PM
Truth.

I served in the Peace Corps, waaaaay out in the back beyond of Burkina Faso. To get to my site, you had to:

1. Fly to Burkina Faso (not easy in and of itself...I think international flights only come in every 3rd day or so).
2. Take a 9 hour bus ride out towards the eastern part of the country.
3. Get out in the middle of nowhere, and wait 2 - 8 hours for a bush taxi to come along.
4. Take an insanely crowded bush taxi another 4 hours out into the deep bush.
5. Get off in the middle of nowhere, with your bike.
6. Ride your bike 30k on trails, until you got to my village.

We had Coke. Delivered 3 times weekly. It cost $.60 per 500ml bottle. It wasn't cold (no power out there), but it was Coke. And yeah...we frequently had the delivery guys bring other stuff too.

/ for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water
 
2013-03-29 02:12:21 PM
WFT has this planet come to?
 
2013-03-29 02:12:56 PM
what do you do with the glass coke bottle afterwards? throw it out of the airplane?
 
2013-03-29 02:14:22 PM
Hey! They could deliver some Walmart merchandise while they're at it!
 
2013-03-29 02:14:33 PM

legion_of_doo: what do you do with the glass coke bottle afterwards? throw it out of the airplane?


That always causes problems.
 
2013-03-29 02:14:45 PM

SpdrJay: Hey! They could deliver some Walmart merchandise while they're at it!


Goddamn you.
 
2013-03-29 02:15:07 PM
drbristol.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-29 02:15:37 PM
free enterprise works
 
2013-03-29 02:15:44 PM

legion_of_doo: what do you do with the glass coke bottle afterwards? throw it out of the airplane?



Does not approve:
content.internetvideoarchive.com
 
2013-03-29 02:16:58 PM
That is good as coke isn't food.
 
2013-03-29 02:17:05 PM
I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.
 
2013-03-29 02:17:17 PM
Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.
 
2013-03-29 02:18:47 PM

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


Don't breed em if you can't feed em.
/Looking at YOU Detroit, South Carolina, et al.
 
2013-03-29 02:19:35 PM

Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.


Okay.
 
2013-03-29 02:21:42 PM

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


...uhm, what?
 
2013-03-29 02:22:19 PM

scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.


The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.
 
2013-03-29 02:23:05 PM
My question is why the fark did it take 20-odd years to pull this together? It should not have been that hard to get the idea out and spread around.

And like whislteridge said, the concept has been in use on a smaller scale for a long time.
 
2013-03-29 02:24:00 PM

Lord Dimwit: scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.

The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.


Coke?
Okay.
 
2013-03-29 02:24:12 PM

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


We definitely want to keep contraceptives out of any Aids-ravaged portions of Africa.  If they have to die so that I can snub the religious and their sky fairy, then it's worth it.  Amirite?
 
2013-03-29 02:25:06 PM

scubamage: Lord Dimwit: scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.

The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.

Coke?
Okay.


Heh. Sorry. I'm a little slow today.
 
2013-03-29 02:25:33 PM

SpdrJay: Hey! They could deliver some Walmart merchandise while they're at it!


What do you think the trucks pick up when the leave? Do you actually think they just give them coke and let the trucks leave empty?
 
2013-03-29 02:26:35 PM

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


rac-ist eug--eni--cists...  abort--i--facients
WTH, man. Are you real? Not just some kind of computer AI created to act out in some kind of demented stereotype.
/I'm claiming Poe's Law on this one.
 
2013-03-29 02:29:10 PM

scubamage: Lord Dimwit: scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.

The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.

Coke?
Okay.


"he set and ran his hand around the works of the gutted machines and in the second one it closed over a cold metal cylinder."

/ carrying the fire
 
2013-03-29 02:31:42 PM

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


Only if there is room after the bibles get packed.
 
2013-03-29 02:32:23 PM

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


FARK account number:  987

We're in the presence of ancient derptastic greatness.
 
2013-03-29 02:34:04 PM

scubamage: Lord Dimwit: scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.

The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.

Coke?
Okay.


Hahaha, no worries :) It's friday!
 
2013-03-29 02:34:30 PM
Coke and Marlboros.  I've been to some very remote spots and you can always get Coke and Marlboros.
 
2013-03-29 02:38:29 PM

born_yesterday: Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.

FARK account number:  987

We're in the presence of ancient derptastic greatness.


Mustakrakish awakens.

ARISE!
 
2013-03-29 02:40:26 PM

whistleridge: / for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


I'd disagree. It doesn't taste.....right at that temp. I can't stand room temp Coke, much less hot coke.
 
2013-03-29 02:41:57 PM

scubamage: Lord Dimwit: scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.

The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.

Coke?
Okay.


HhWhat?!

[Liljohn.jpg]
 
2013-03-29 02:44:26 PM

whistleridge: Truth.

I served in the Peace Corps, waaaaay out in the back beyond of Burkina Faso. To get to my site, you had to:

1. Fly to Burkina Faso (not easy in and of itself...I think international flights only come in every 3rd day or so).
2. Take a 9 hour bus ride out towards the eastern part of the country.
3. Get out in the middle of nowhere, and wait 2 - 8 hours for a bush taxi to come along.
4. Take an insanely crowded bush taxi another 4 hours out into the deep bush.
5. Get off in the middle of nowhere, with your bike.
6. Ride your bike 30k on trails, until you got to my village.

We had Coke. Delivered 3 times weekly. It cost $.60 per 500ml bottle. It wasn't cold (no power out there), but it was Coke. And yeah...we frequently had the delivery guys bring other stuff too.

/ for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


Don't take this the wrong way, but wouldn't it have been a lot easier if you'd just hopped on the back of the Coke truck?
 
2013-03-29 02:48:25 PM

Gunny Walker: Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.

rac-ist eug--eni--cists...  abort--i--facients
WTH, man. Are you real? Not just some kind of computer AI created to act out in some kind of demented stereotype.
/I'm claiming Poe's Law on this one.


His handle is Chach. It's appropriate.
 
2013-03-29 02:49:39 PM
I have been to an African village without Coke (or Pepsi). It was on the coast of Lake Nyasa and was only accessible by canoe or a hike down a steep dirt path with a 2 km altitude difference. No road = no soda.
 
2013-03-29 02:49:45 PM

legion_of_doo: what do you do with the glass coke bottle afterwards? throw it out of the airplane?


cluck, knock, whirr, beep, click, click, click.
 
2013-03-29 02:50:29 PM
I'm pretty sure that Coca Cola does not go out of their way to get product to each and every remote village. They make the product available to distributors who then get it out to every little village. If it was in their economic interests before you wouldn't be hearing about it.


 

whistleridge: for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


If the air is dry and you have a water supply (doesn't need to be pressurized, but potable) I could probably rig up an evaporative cooling system that would weigh next to nothing. And if bike pumps are a regular sight then I could make the kit in a few parts, mainly a tank and hose.
 
2013-03-29 02:52:25 PM

RickN99: Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.

We definitely want to keep contraceptives out of any Aids-ravaged portions of Africa.  If they have to die so that I can snub the religious and their sky fairy, then it's worth it.  Amirite?


Darwin, how does it work?
 
2013-03-29 02:56:31 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-29 02:57:47 PM
Sure, they have money for coke but none for water or medicine!

Unoriginal_Username: SpdrJay: Hey! They could deliver some Walmart merchandise while they're at it!

What do you think the trucks pick up when the leave? Do you actually think they just give them coke and let the trucks leave empty?


bluntobject.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-29 03:00:29 PM

a far candle: I have been to an African village without Coke (or Pepsi). It was on the coast of Lake Nyasa and was only accessible by canoe or a hike down a steep dirt path with a 2 km altitude difference. No road = no soda.


We've probably never heard of it.
 
2013-03-29 03:01:14 PM
The kit contains a measuring cup for diarrhea?

"Man, I'm sick..."
"You're sick? Look at THIS!"

/nice program
 
2013-03-29 03:06:14 PM

Slives: My question is why the fark did it take 20-odd years to pull this together? It should not have been that hard to get the idea out and spread around.

And like whislteridge said, the concept has been in use on a smaller scale for a long time.


You seem to think everyone gives a fark about the bushwhackers.   I dont really give a shiat about anything that happens outside my 300 mile radius unless i go on vacation somewhere.  deal with your own problems i have my own right near my home.
 
2013-03-29 03:09:53 PM

Mimic_Octopus: Slives: My question is why the fark did it take 20-odd years to pull this together? It should not have been that hard to get the idea out and spread around.

And like whislteridge said, the concept has been in use on a smaller scale for a long time.

You seem to think everyone gives a fark about the bushwhackers.   I dont really give a shiat about anything that happens outside my 300 mile radius unless i go on vacation somewhere.  deal with your own problems i have my own right near my home.


I know, because contagious diseases never make it from rural parts of the world to urban parts and cause massive problems, so we shouldn't attempt to treat those diseases there before they reach pandemic proportions.
 
2013-03-29 03:14:02 PM

whistleridge: Truth.

I served in the Peace Corps, waaaaay out in the back beyond of Burkina Faso. To get to my site, you had to:

1. Fly to Burkina Faso (not easy in and of itself...I think international flights only come in every 3rd day or so).
2. Take a 9 hour bus ride out towards the eastern part of the country.
3. Get out in the middle of nowhere, and wait 2 - 8 hours for a bush taxi to come along.
4. Take an insanely crowded bush taxi another 4 hours out into the deep bush.
5. Get off in the middle of nowhere, with your bike.
6. Ride your bike 30k on trails, until you got to my village.

We had Coke. Delivered 3 times weekly. It cost $.60 per 500ml bottle. It wasn't cold (no power out there), but it was Coke. And yeah...we frequently had the delivery guys bring other stuff too.

/ for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


Its just logistics dood. The coke arrives by boat, probably a lot closer to your village than the air port. Whatever distribution system they have set up with respect to warehouses at some point it goes to a local distributor who owns a truck. And for a truck load of profit someone is probably willing to drive around all day dropping off a few thousand bottles at a time.

There is probably much less profit to be had in moving your butt from the bus stop to the village, so they arent as interested in improving service.

As to the point of the article.....if the people have money for coke, they should have money for food, so someone should be interested in moving it out there. Of course if they are getting government assistance with food and medicine they will probably wait for the free stuff, which apparently takes longer to get there.

Of they could just do this and eat all they want......

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2013-03-29 03:15:18 PM

Gunny Walker: Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.

rac-ist eug--eni--cists...  abort--i--facients
WTH, man. Are you real? Not just some kind of computer AI created to act out in some kind of demented stereotype.
/I'm claiming Poe's Law on this one.


Poe's Law... a troll's best friend.
 
2013-03-29 03:18:22 PM
Why don't they MOVE to where the FOOD is.

/RIP sam kinneson
 
2013-03-29 03:26:19 PM
HMMM...

"Child mortality was very high, and the second biggest killer was diarrhea, which is simple to prevent."

Caffeine is a diuretic...

Here's an easier way to prevent childhood deaths from diarrhea... Use a bananna...

Put it right up the tailpipe of the coca-cola truck.

Problem solved.
 
2013-03-29 03:28:51 PM
But Coke is food.

It's got electrolytes.
 
2013-03-29 03:31:36 PM

wildcardjack: I'm pretty sure that Coca Cola does not go out of their way to get product to each and every remote village. They make the product available to distributors who then get it out to every little village. If it was in their economic interests before you wouldn't be hearing about it.


 whistleridge: for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water

If the air is dry and you have a water supply (doesn't need to be pressurized, but potable) I could probably rig up an evaporative cooling system that would weigh next to nothing. And if bike pumps are a regular sight then I could make the kit in a few parts, mainly a tank and hose.


I was on the same thing it path. Evaporative cooling equals comfy weather and a mildly chilled coke. Also a Peltier effect cooler and a dollar panel would do nicely.

As for the program, that's cool that is being done.
 
2013-03-29 03:31:57 PM
Too bad people are still going to have to pay for it at the end.
 
2013-03-29 03:31:58 PM

born_yesterday: Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.

FARK account number:  987

We're in the presence of ancient derptastic greatness.


What we have here is a story that's pretty damned non-controversial, a thread that's pretty slow, and an O.G. Farker trying a ridiculous troll. Hmmmm....

Must be aliens.
 
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