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Dr Pepper
Sunday 11th April, 2004 03:14 Comments: 0
In 1885, Charles Alderton was a pharmacist at the Morrison's Old Country Drug Store in Waco, Texas. Alderton invented Dr. Pepper. However, Mr. Morrison (the owner of the drug store) was the one who named Alderton's new soft drink. Morrison had worked for a Dr. Charles Pepper, and probably chose the name Dr. Pepper because it allowed him to pay tribute to the first person to give him a job, the name had a nice ring to it, and it was common practice to include "Dr." in a drinks title. (The period was dropped from Dr. Pepper in the 1950s). So there you have it.

Also, on May 29th, 1886, the following ad appeared in the Atlanta Daily Journal:

"Coca-Cola, Delicious! Refreshing! Invigorating!

The New and Popular Soda Fountain Drink, containing properties of the wonderful coca plant and the famous cola nuts. For sale by Willis Venable and Nunnally & Rawson."

This clearly indicates that Coca-Cola was a Soda Fountain Drink, and not a medicine that was mixed with plain water as maintained by the official Coca-Cola folklore.

And as for Pepsi: Caleb D. Bradham's drink didn't contain either the kola nut or any caffeine, but it did taste pretty close to the already popular "Coca-Cola" and that was the reason for using the term "Cola" in its name. The "Pepsi" part of the Pepsi-Cola name comes from pepsin, an enzyme which aids in digestion and was also a popular ingredient in early soft drinks (and chewing gum). There has been some dispute as to whether or not the original Pepsi-Cola actually contained pepsin as an ingredient. The term "Pepsi" in its name is surely an indicator. One of Pepsi-Cola's earliest known advertisement is found in the Feb. 25th, 1903 New Bern Daily Journal, and one of it's claims was that it "Aids Digestion" - a popular claim for items containing pepsin. Lastly, another newspaper ad produced in 1908 flatout said "PEPSI-Cola is an absolutely pure combination of pepsin - that's what your stomach needs these days - acid phosphate and the juices of fresh fruits." (However, it is a fact that by 1923 Pepsi-Cola no longer contained pepsin as an ingredient).

But 7 UP is a whole other matter. Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda became 7 UP Lithiated Lemon Soda, and then to just 7 UP in 1936. But nobody knows where the 7 UP comes from. But it definitely did contain Lithium at one point. It also used to be popular, but now Sprite is way ahead of it. Hurrah. But 7 UP did bring us Spot, such a cool character!

I should head to bed if I'm to have lunch and then go looking for a new sofa for Kev.
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