One cup of Coke (eight ounces) has less calories (100 calories) than 1 cup of white rice (194 calories), 3/4 cup of low fat yogurt with fruit (173 calories) and 1 cup of juice (110 calories).
- Coca-Cola actually contains no preservatives or artificial flavours, and has never had any since it was first invented in 1886.
- Coca-Cola advertising actually helped shape the look of Santa Claus as we know him today. In 1931, illustrator Haddon Sunblom was commissioned to create an image of St. Nick for Coke's Christmas campaigns. Prior to this, other mediums had depicted Santa as everything from big, small, short, tall and even scarily elf-like! But, Sunblom saw him as a warm figure, drawing him as the jolly bearded man in the red suit we now all recognise.
- Coca-Cola was the first soft drink consumed in space in July 1985.
- When commissioning the design of the first Coke bottle, the brief to designers was simple: a design so distinctive it could be recognized by feel in the dark or even when lying broken on the ground.
On April 23 1985, Coca-Cola announced a change to its formula sparking panic among loyal followers of the world's most beloved soft drink. Protest groups formed around the US; songs were written paying tribute to the old taste; the Coke hotline received 1,500 calls a day - a leap from the 400 a day it usually received; one many in San Antonio rushed out to buy US$1,000 worth of the original formula drink!
- On July 11 1985, just over two months after announcing its new formula Coca-Cola, "old" Coke was reintroduced to the public. Coca-Cola classic and Coca-Cola (the "new" Coke) were sold side-by-side on the shelves, and "new" Coke would later be renamed Coke II.
- In 1928, a freighter delivered the US Olympic team as well as 1,000 cases of Coca-Cola to the Amsterdam Games.
- For the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Coca-Cola company produced a popular Japanese-English phrase book that eventually became the model for translation guides at subsequent Games around the world.
- Coca-Cola recently sealed a deal naming them Worldwide Olympic Partner till 2020, extending their support of the games to 92 years without interruption.
In celebration of the Olympics, six limited edition Coke glasses will be on sale at McDonald's outlets nationwide. With one colour released every Friday from 6 July - 17 August 2012, you'll receive yours free with every purchase of a Large Value Meal and sundae.
Or, win yourself the entire set by entering our contest. It's unbelievably easy! Just answer the question, get creative with the slogan and email your contest entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header: Coca-Cola Olympic glasses.
1. How long has Coca-Cola been a partner of the Olympic Games?
2. My most memorable Coca-Cola experience is ______________________________________________.
Contest ends 14 July 2012. Winners will be notified by email and prizes must be collected by 27 July 2012.