I-95n at Exit 10 to Fairmont, North Carolina
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Let’s play a game. Can you guess which of the following Fast Facts about the state of North Carolina is false? Three of them are true, and just one is false. Here we go.
1. Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded here in North Carolina.
2. The first miniature golf course was built here.
3. Coke was invented here.
4. Babe Ruth hit his first home run here.
What do you think? Which is false? Krispy Creme? Mini Golf? Coke? Or Babe Ruth? First I’ll reveal which are true.
Krispy Kreme Doughnut was indeed founded here, in Winston-Salem. That’s true! The first mini golf course was built here, in Fayetteville. That is also a fact. You know what else happened in Fayetteville? Babe Ruth hit his first home run! On March 7 in 1914.
Which means that if you guessed Coke wasn’t invented here, you’re correct! But in this case, the lie is not too far from the truth. Because even though Coke wasn’t invented here, Pepsi was!
Pepsi was first introduced as a product called "Brad's Drink" in New Bern, North Carolina, in 1893 by Caleb Bradham, who made it at his drugstore where the drink was sold. It was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898.
In 1931 at the depth of the Great Depression the Pepsi-Cola Company entered bankruptcy. Eventually Pepsi's assets were purchased by Charles Guth, who was the president of a candy manufacturing company with retail stores that contained soda fountains. He was interested in Pepsi because he wanted to replace Coca-Cola at his stores' fountains after Coke refused to give him a discount on syrup. Think about it, if Coke had just given that discount way back when, there would be no Pepsi to rival them! And even after Pepsi took off, the Coca Cola company was offered the opportunity to purchase the Pepsi-Cola company not just once but on three separate occasions between 1922 and 1933. But they declined on each occasion and the rivalry has just kept growing.
Time to play another game. I’ll give you four Pepsi slogans from the past sixty years or so. Three will be true and one will be false. Can you guess the false one? Here we go. The first slogan is "Any Weather is Pepsi Weather.” The second slogan is “More Bounce to the Ounce.” Here’s your third option: “Born in the Carolinas.” And finally the fourth option is “If you’re peppy, get Pepsi.”
Are you ready to answer? Do you think it was the slogan that said “born In the Carolinas”? Well you’re wrong, that’s a real Pepsi slogan from 2011! The false slogan was “if you’re peppy, get Pepsi.”
Why not get right and take the next exit to Fairmount. I know I am thirsty, and you are likely too. Let’s get a soda at the local 7/11. And when in Carolina do what the locals do. Make it a Pepsi!
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