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meades
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posted 16 June 2002 03:16 AM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm so not kidding...

I tried it, and I have to say... it's interesting.

At first, I finished half a can, and poured the rest down the drain. My stomach wasn't feeling very good (for a variety of reasons. The coke may or may not have played a role). But the second time, it was better, since it was cold this time 'round, and I guess I just got used to it. The first sip is always wierd though (I've had four cans so far ). But it does kind of make you sick for a few minutes after you've finished it...

But there's one thing I just can't get past- This is such an obvious stunt. A really bad one at that. I mean, first they reintroduced cherry coke, which was interesting. There was a big boom in sales, and then everyone realised "meh, it's not that great, but it's okay to have once in a while", then there was the lemon flavoured diet coke, which no one really noticed. I liked it (it was a hell of a lot better than regular diet coke- god that stuff is terrible) but I doubt that will stay on the market for a whole lot longer. This stuff... when I first saw the cans in the supermarket, I thought to myself "is this also the last time I see a box of vanilla coke?" and I think it might just have been.

[edited to add:]
Oh, and I forgot about "New Coke" - actually, Catalyst just reminded me. I didn't live through that, I don't think, but I do recall hearing about it on the history channel...

Thoughts?

[ June 16, 2002: Message edited by: meades ]


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posted 16 June 2002 10:35 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
meades! Drink lemonade!

I mean, meadesie: Coke? I fear for your immortal soul! *hugs and kisses*


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clersal
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posted 16 June 2002 10:39 AM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah meades. Bad stuff. My father refused to have it in the house as during WWI they cleaned their brass buttons with it. Imagine your stomach. I kid you not.
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posted 16 June 2002 11:20 AM      Profile for Riffraff     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For what it symbolizes and for the harm it does to one's teeth and health in general, that product is never on my shopping list.

Watermelon juice, anyone ?

[ June 16, 2002: Message edited by: Riffraff ]


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posted 16 June 2002 12:09 PM      Profile for Sir-Canuck-Of-The-North        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I drink about ten cases a month.

If you think coke will clean brass, put a penny in a spot of ketchup or soya.

For what it represents?

I bet you only eat food you have grown yourself and wear only clothes you have made from your own wool, cotton, etc.

[ June 16, 2002: Message edited by: Sir-Canuck-Of-The-North ]


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Slick Willy
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posted 16 June 2002 12:11 PM      Profile for Slick Willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah Coke has a history alright. Wasn't during the years before WWII that as insignificant as pop is Coke became a symbol of the "American way" and shipped around the world for the troops? Though it was a long time ago I remember a doco about Coke and that during the war that everywhere the military moved into, Coke was already there. Which is to say that as the armys took towns after an arial bombing, noticed among the rubble were Coke bottles. As well the military shipped Coke every where it went. Talk about brand recognition and placement.
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Oh my you know what else, they put Chicklets and Hershey bars in MRE's, you know what else after a 15 K hump they are delicious.
Even if they are hard as rocks.

And so what if Coke gave pop to the soldiers?

The reason it was done was to give them the psychological connection of home. They did give it away afterall, you know re distributing and all that.


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posted 16 June 2002 12:29 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Right on SCOTN. Raise my own sheep. Weave my own wool. Knit up a storm. Grow cotton too. Of course I only eat my own produce. Not meat as I grow soya beans in fact a lot of beans. Manufacture my own Methane. Most of my Methane comes from the Chickens. Although I do contibute a bit with my diet. I do admit to eating eggs.

Goats of course for their cheese and milk. Far better milk than from a cow.

I wear bark shoes. When one of the sheep or goats die of old age I make my winter things. I am what one would call self sufficient.

As for suffering from a no meat diet. I guess I am an exception. I have been studied intensively as my health is top notch, I am 83. All my teeth and nary a filling. Brown lustrous hair. No arthritis or any of the 'old age' diseases.

Just to mention. I built my own house. Have windmills to generate electricity. I do like a hot bath. But I still do my own laundry on a scrubbing board.


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posted 16 June 2002 12:30 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Vanilla Coke is a staple of "real" diners in the US. Whenever I'm down there I make a point of going to an old-time diner and having a vanilla Coke. The only joint in Canada I've found that serves it is Rockin' Johnny's Diner in Ottawa.

I'm talkin' about the real vanilla Coke, where they add the vanilla themselves. I'd be pretty suspicious of a vanilla Coke that comes in a can.


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posted 16 June 2002 12:49 PM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey MB did you notice it's only Sunday?

I can't believe your wasting your time with us losers on a weekend.


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posted 16 June 2002 12:52 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Vanilla coke, I'll bet that would be pretty good, considering that coke floats with vanilla ice cream are heavenly...

(Although I like rootbeer floats better)


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posted 16 June 2002 12:56 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ivory floats.
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clersal
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posted 16 June 2002 01:01 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I liked Ice cream in Gingerale. Never liked coke much. In fact I really don't drink soft drinks. Always thinking of those brass buttons.
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Oh ya as a coke addict I've been waiting about 7 months for this to hit the stores but I have yet to see it, wherre have you.

As for new coke, meade is it, I have a few cans left, it tasted like Pepsi, and hence was a dismal failure.


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Slick Willy
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posted 16 June 2002 01:47 PM      Profile for Slick Willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
And so what if Coke gave pop to the soldiers?

You kinda missed the point here. Coke was already there long before the Americans. Now it wouldn't be all that strange to find a bottle of Coke in Berlin but I thought it was interesting that Coke was well established there long before the war started.


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posted 16 June 2002 01:54 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah MB how come yer not with the gf?
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posted 16 June 2002 02:12 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I always drink diet coke (just because I like it better, not because of the non-existent diet that I SHOULD be on) and I accidently picked up that diet coke with lemon. Good GAWD it was gross. I don't think I've ever tasted anything quite so disgusting before.

Carbonated yak piss.


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posted 16 June 2002 07:52 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gf's in Toronto for a relative's birthday. I've done a pretty decent job cleaning the apartment.
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posted 16 June 2002 08:57 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmm...no life beyond babble and the gf...

Welcome to your Carlsberg years! hee hee


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posted 16 June 2002 09:45 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Carlsberg? Carlsberg?! You offend me! I'm a Guinness man!!! Drank a fair bit of it on Friday and Saturday, as a matter of fact.
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posted 16 June 2002 10:50 PM      Profile for minimal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Diet coke with lemon: GREAT STUFF. Pepsi has it too. If you're not a coke lover don't even bother talking to those of us who are. We know the real thing and we love it. I don't care if it represents capitalist decadence or whatever. Just remember, fellow socialists, the real proletariat is producing this stuff. Long live Coca Cola proletarians. And forget about that generic stuff at half the price: less than half as good. So there! Criticize me. See if I care. And if they make diet Coke with cat's piss I'll probably drink that too.
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posted 16 June 2002 10:59 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cat piss? yecch.
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posted 16 June 2002 11:08 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
At least cat's piss doesn't contain white sugar...
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Diet coke doesn't contain white sugar, didn't you know that?? It contains aspartame as a sweetener. Maybe all you anti-coke people can't understand that. But, let's not condemn the product because it is produced by a big corporation, a global one at that.
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posted 17 June 2002 02:07 AM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So meades keeps drinking this vile conconction even after it repeatedly makes him feel nauseated?

This reminds me of a former co-worker who told me he got food poisoning twice from the food at a certain pizza joint. Wouldn't one time have been enough?

He still eats there!

"Have a beer and tomato juice and think of me..."


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posted 17 June 2002 04:14 AM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dawna got me hooked on Amereto Sours.

Wise-Fish anyone?
- 1 cup 2% milk, VERY COLD
- 1 shot quality vodka (Banff is good)
- 1/2 shot(or less to taste) Drambuie

Say what you will, it's better that fruckin' Coke!


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posted 17 June 2002 03:08 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dawna got ME hooked on Amaretto Sours too, and she and I have never gone out drinking together!

(yes, Dawna, I tried them once and I'm hooked - it's one of the only drinks I order now)


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sherpafish
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posted 17 June 2002 03:37 PM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow! You like them so much, you can even spell the name properly!
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The only type of vanilla coke I've ever tried was Coke mixed with with Vanilla Schnapps. I must say it was pretty darn yummy but I probably couldn't handle more than one or two per sitting. Too sweet.
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posted 17 June 2002 03:46 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Vanilla Shnapps? I didn't know such a heavenly elixer existed! I might just have to stop by the LCBO on my way home!

The last liqueur I bought was maple liqueur. It was alright. I use it on my pancakes.

(Hmm... Maple Coke?)

[ June 17, 2002: Message edited by: Victor Von MediaBoy ]


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Maple Liqueur? Oh my God. Can you imagine what kind of a hangover you could get from maple liqueur?? *shudder*

Anyway, back to vanilla coke, I brought home a case this evening, thus becoming a hero to my kids for about ten minutes. It's ok I guess. Sweet isn't really one of my vices, but not a bad taste really.


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posted 18 June 2002 08:34 PM      Profile for rob.leblanc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just tried vanilla coke today. I'm kind of in the middle with it. I liked it.......but I prefer the original coca-cola
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The cheap no-name stuff is good enough for me...
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 19 June 2002 10:18 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My gf practically had to drag me away from the LCBO when we were out having lunch together yesterday. I wanted to get some vanilla shnapps. "No!" she said. "We have enough booze already! You can buy more when you finish off the stuff you already have!"

Sounds like a challenge to me!


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posted 19 June 2002 10:37 AM      Profile for Slick Willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
My gf practically had to drag me away from the LCBO when we were out having lunch together yesterday.

I hear ya brother. Man if I had a toonie for everytime that happens.

quote:
"We have enough booze already!"

Really... is there ever enough?

quote:
You can buy more when you finish off the stuff you already have!"

I think it is unreasonable to expect someone to drink that much and then get in the car to go get more. Or does she expect you to perform the stagger stagger crawl crawl method?


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posted 19 June 2002 10:42 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's doubly unfair since she loaded up the liquor cabinet with gross girlie booze (like strawberry shnapps and crap like that) when she moved in. She got it from her parents' liquor cabinet because they weren't drinkin' it, and now it sits in my liquor cabinet, cuz she doesn't drink it! Augh!

No, vanilla shnapps is not gross girlie booze. Why would you think such a thing?


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posted 19 June 2002 11:17 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
m'boy: My gf practically had to drag me away from the LCBO when we were out having lunch together yesterday.


Slick: I hear ya brother. Man if I had a toonie for everytime that happens.


Boy! Other women have advanced to liberties, not to say heights of command, that I have never yet attempted! Does this ever make me feel like a shrinking violet!


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Wow, skadl, I'm surprised.

I just assumed that women controlled every couple. I envy the liberties that Willy and Vic are allowed.


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posted 19 June 2002 11:52 AM      Profile for Slick Willy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well Arch, sometimes you just have to say "I'm drunk as hell, and I'm not going to stand up anymore ya big balogna!"
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posted 19 June 2002 11:54 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've just been informed that they are serving vanilla Coke in the cafeteria.

VVMB runs off to the cafeteria to purchase a can of said cola (and a bowl of vegetable soup)

I have just had a sip of the stuff.

This doesn't even come close to a "real" vanilla Coke. Bleah. The real stuff, prepared on-site at an authentic diner, is heavenly. This stuff tastes (surprise,surprise) like the effluent from a New Jersey chemical plant. There's a serious chemically after-taste.

Now I fear I'm gonna go to a restaurant, they'll be serving vanilla Coke, and I'll be all excited until I discover it's this bastardized crap.

Sniff.

[ June 19, 2002: Message edited by: Victor Von MediaBoy ]


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posted 19 June 2002 12:20 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If you don't like it you can always clean the silverware with it.
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posted 19 June 2002 12:33 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
ya big balogna

Ah, the romance never dies when the couple always remembers to throw in those little terms of endearment here and there...


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posted 19 June 2002 12:33 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
http://www.snopes2.com/cokelore/acid.htm

http://www.snopes2.com/cokelore/tooth.htm

[ June 19, 2002: Message edited by: Victor Von MediaBoy ]


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posted 20 June 2002 12:53 AM      Profile for Riffraff     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
______________________________________

If you think coke will clean brass, put a penny in a spot of ketchup or soya.
_______________________________________________

I do not remember the last time I drank a bottle of ketchup and a can of soya, let us say, per week!


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posted 20 June 2002 01:34 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Have I mentioned this before?

In the cola wars, Coke seems to consistently come up with new flavours: New Coke, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke.

Pepsi, on the other hand, changes its colour: Crystal Pepsi, and wasn't there a blue version kicking around recently?

Interesting if they were to switch concept groups for a month or two just for variety's sake.


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quote:
I do not remember the last time I drank a bottle of ketchup and a can of soya, let us say, per week!

How about the equivalent amount of orange juice, which has more acid in it than cola.


(Check out this weird, conspiratorial, Vanilla Coke website: http://www.vclounge.com/ )

[ June 20, 2002: Message edited by: Victor Von MediaBoy ]


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posted 02 July 2002 05:24 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
All socio-political, environmental ramifications of Coke's global prominence aside, it still tastes like malted battery acid. Vanilla or not.
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posted 02 July 2002 05:27 PM      Profile for Sine Ziegler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Black_dog, whatever happened to SpinDoctor?

Vanilla Coke tastes different the first two sips, and then you forget it's not "regular" coke. Smells nice though. I bathed in it last night and smelled like baking.


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posted 02 July 2002 06:10 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I dig the taste of vanilla. Reminds me of making cookies. But I just don't get the appeal of Coke specifically and sodas in generaL. Most pop (with the exception of Stewarts and maybe Jones Sodas) taste, for lack of a better word, like poo.
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posted 02 July 2002 06:13 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I tried a few sips of a friend's vanilla coke, and it tasted quite a bit like root beer to me.
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posted 07 August 2002 08:29 PM      Profile for Trinitty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I only drink pop after the gym. And I will admit, I like the new vanilla coke.
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posted 08 August 2002 01:36 AM      Profile for dale cooper     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I found Vanilla Coke to be too obtrusive; no subtlety. I really enjoy Jones Soda Vanilla Cola if you can find it. It's a tasty treat indeed. Or add your own vanilla to cola. Then you get to be a creator instead of a purchaser.
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posted 10 August 2002 02:08 PM      Profile for Zarathustra     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Slavoj Zizek on Coke and (the death of) politics from an essay in New Left Review:

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The consensual form of politics in our time is a bi-polar system that offers the appearance of a choice where essentially there is none (...) This choice—between Social Democrat or Christian Democrat in Germany, Democrat or Republican in the States—recalls nothing so much as the predicament of someone who wants an artificial sweetener in an American cafeteria, where the omnipresent alternatives are Nutra-Sweet Equal and High&Low, small bags of red and blue, and most consumers have a habitual preference (avoid the red ones, they contain cancerous substances, or vice versa) whose ridiculous persistence merely highlights the meaninglessness of the options themselves.
Does the same not go for late-night talk shows, where ‘freedom of channels’ comes down to a choice between Jay Leno and David Letterman? Or for the soda drinks: Coke or Pepsi? It is a well-known fact that the Close the Door button in most elevators is a totally inoperative placebo, placed there just to give people the impression they are somehow contributing to the speed of the elevator journey—whereas in fact, when we push this button, the door closes in exactly the same time as when we simply pressed the floor button. This extreme case of fake participation is an appropriate metaphor for the role accorded citizens in our ‘postmodern’ political process.

And Zizek on how Coke sells from lacanian inc:

quote:
It is no surprise that Coke was first introduced as a medicine - its strange taste does not seem to provide any particular satisfaction, it is not directly pleasing and endearing; however, it is precisely as such, as transcending any immediate use-value (like water, beer or wine, which definitely do quench our thirst or produce the desired effect of satisfied calm), that Coke functions as the direct embodiment of "IT," of the pure surplus of enjoyment over standard satisfactions, of the mysterious and elusive X we are all after in our compulsive consumption of merchandise. The unexpected result of this feature is not that, since Coke does not satisfy any concrete need, we drink it only as a supplement, after some other drink has satisfied our substantial need - it is rather this very superfluous character that makes our thirst for Coke all the more insatiable: as Jacques-Alain Miller put it succinctly, Coke has the paradoxical property that, the more you drink it, the more you get thirsty, the greater the need to drink more of it - with its strange bittersweet taste, our thirst is never effectively quenched. So, when, some years ago, the publicity motto for Coke was "Coke, that's IT!" we should discern in it the entire ambiguity: "that's it" precisely insofar as that's NEVER effectively IT, precisely insofar as every satisfaction opens up a gap of "I want MORE!"

BTW, I have tried Vanilla Coke. It reminded me of the name of the Paris metro: RATP

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posted 14 August 2002 05:02 PM      Profile for scrabble     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Nation's Economic Recovery Hinging On Success Of Diet Vanilla Coke
WASHINGTON, DC—As the nation struggles through a recession, economy watchers are pinning their hopes for recovery on the soon-to-be-launched Diet Vanilla Coke. "Diet Vanilla Coke, to be introduced this fall, is our last, best chance at turning this thing around," Fed chief Alan Greenspan said. "We had hoped that Pepsi Blue or Dr. Pepper Red Fusion would stem the tide, but consumers have not responded in sufficient numbers." If Diet Vanilla Coke fails to jumpstart the economy, experts say the U.S. is doomed.

Foregoing from The Onion.

Also check here regarding "new coke," if you care.


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posted 14 August 2002 08:48 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I always KNEW that "close door" button in the elevator was a placebo!!
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posted 01 September 2002 07:02 PM      Profile for Pogo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How about Blue Pepsi? Even my kids hate it.
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posted 01 September 2002 09:49 PM      Profile for scrabble     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What I miss is that sickly sweet pop they had out briefly, three years ago - it was clear with little round jelly-like bobbles suspended in it. (What the heck was it called...?) And drinking it felt like swallowing goldfish. Kewl. And if you bumped into someone in an *ahem* altered state at a party, you could really freak them out by offering a sip.
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posted 01 September 2002 10:06 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
*gasp!* Orbits! I remember that!
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posted 01 September 2002 10:59 PM      Profile for scrabble     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thaaat's right! I kept thinking Planets? No, Obits? No way. Thanks meades, honey - um, hot sugar - clearly we were meant to party together somewhere -
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haha, anytime
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posted 02 September 2002 12:35 AM      Profile for Pogo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But I like Bubble Tea!
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