Have a Coke and a Snarl
Date Added: Feb. 19, 2001
Word of Coca-Cola's terribly acidic properties, and the implied warning about what it must be doing to your body, have long been the topic of folklore, party small talk, company faxes, and now, e-mail. Who among us wasn't told as a child "that junk will rot your insides?" Is it any wonder that we're predisposed to believe the claims of this letter?
COKE You'll never drink it again:
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and .......Let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, And run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its Ph is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days.
2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.
3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
Still Want To Drink Up?????????
Five of the alternative uses cited above (#3-7) are stolen from Joey Green's WackyUses.com. Green is the author of a half-dozen books suggesting new applications for things you probably have around the house. It is copyrighted material and circulating via e-mail without the author's permission. Green attests that the uses have been tested and work, though he also disclaims "any responsibility or liability for the effectiveness of the suggestions." The rest of the letter is rumor and conjecture added by an anonymous author.
Whenever a company and its product reach the global prominence of Coca-Cola, misguided half-truths, generalizations, and assumptions often masquerade as fact to demonstrate conclusions that are, at best, way off mark, and at worst, flat-out lies. In response to this and similar chain letters, the Coca-Cola Company recommends you use cleaning products to make your house shine and save the Coke for drinking.
"We are unaware of any state patrol officers using Coke for any purpose other than refreshment. Plain water would be as effective and less costly for cleaning pavement.
"The myths about disappearing teeth, nails, steaks and various other objects are just that--myths. These stories continue to spring up and get recycled because each new generation finds them hard to ignore, but they simply are not true.
"The other claims may be true to a lesser extent because there is a small amount of edible acid present in many foods, including fruit juices, buttermilk, and soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola. It is possible that the edible acid in any of these products could have the effects described, even though it's still quite safe to drink these products. However, we don't make any claims relating to other uses. Instead, we recommend using products specifically designed for cleaning or rust removal."
So, have a Coke and a smile... then break this Chain!
References: Snopes.com, The Coca-Cola Company