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Xylan00
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Sounds false, I know...
But awhile ago my Spanish teacher, during some random class conversation said that Coca-Cola raises cockroaches, squish them and but the juice in the Coke formula. Says it'd show up as an acid on the label...Or something...*Forgot half of what he said* I think he also said that applies to Pepsi too.
I've never heard of that before. Anyone know? [Confused]

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deadcujo
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That's absurd [Big Grin] . Even if a large company were to do such a thing, it would be known to the public who buys the products. That's not to say cockroaches can't make their way into the soda machines and end up in a can, though.

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WildaBeast
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Am I the only one who was reminded of Slurm* when reading this?

*5 points for reference.

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Jonny T
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Curious, though...

Although the story as related is blatant absurdity, would it be unfeasible for an insect extract of some sort to be used as an additive in soft drinks, providing a base for the rumour? After all, if they can extract things from cows and pigs...

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quote:
Originally posted by WildaBeast:
Am I the only one who was reminded of Slurm* when reading this?

*5 points for reference.

Futurama, "Fry & the Slurm Factory"

Leela : "Hey, what's behind that door?"
Glurmo: "Nothing!"
Leela : "Is it the secret ingredient?"
Grunka Lunkas: "Grunka Lunka Dunkity Dingredient, you should not ask about the secret ingredient!"

[Wink]

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lynnejanet
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quote:
Originally posted by deadcujo:
That's absurd [Big Grin] . Even if a large company were to do such a thing, it would be known to the public who buys the products. That's not to say cockroaches can't make their way into the soda machines and end up in a can, though.

....urm. Into the sealed can?

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deadcujo
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Oh, I didn't mean a vending machine. [Razz] I don't know.

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WildaBeast
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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus, extra crispy:
quote:
Originally posted by WildaBeast:
Am I the only one who was reminded of Slurm* when reading this?

*5 points for reference.

Futurama, "Fry & the Slurm Factory"

Leela : "Hey, what's behind that door?"
Glurmo: "Nothing!"
Leela : "Is it the secret ingredient?"
Grunka Lunkas: "Grunka Lunka Dunkity Dingredient, you should not ask about the secret ingredient!"

[Wink]

Correct. Here are your 5 points plus 3 bonus points for providing quotes from the episode.

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Saraquill
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quote:
Originally posted by Jonny T, Revolutionary Apathist:
Curious, though...

Although the story as related is blatant absurdity, would it be unfeasible for an insect extract of some sort to be used as an additive in soft drinks, providing a base for the rumour? After all, if they can extract things from cows and pigs...

Jonathan.

I know that cochineal bugs were (still are?) used as food coloring. Don't know if they were used as color in soft drinks though.
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Lets not forgetr how much pop is made on a daily basis and shipped out. Its redicuous. It would habve to appear on the label of ingredients as well.

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Jonny T
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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
Lets not forgetr how much pop is made on a daily basis and shipped out. Its redicuous. It would habve to appear on the label of ingredients as well.

Gelatine and glycerine both can be gained from animals but don't always say such on ingredients lists. *If* an insect extract was used in the production of Coca-Cola, it would likely appear as a fairly innocuous chemical.

Again, I'm not say that the story is true, just that it isn't as ridiculous as it might first appear.

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Richard W
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Here are some pictures of the Cochineal Scale insects that produce cochineal. Doesn't look or sound much like a cockroach to me. You can't see the insect itself, just the protective covering. Cochineal can be used as a food colouring as well as a dye. (snopes.com is the first link that appears when you google for "Cochineal food", by the way!)

Coca-Cola doesn't mention the rumour on its ingredients page. It doesn't list ingredients, either, though - I guess they vary from place to place. And it isn't under Cokelore on the main site.

I've not got a can handy to check ingredients in the UK. I can't remember how specific they are about colourings, but cochineal would come under E120.

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Being a Scout leader, "Bug Juice" is what we call the Kool-Aid type drink we have on campouts.
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As someone who suffered from food-related hyperactivity as a child, I can tell you that all colourings used must be declared, and Coke only uses E150 - caramel.

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard W:
Cochineal can be used as a food colouring as well as a dye.

The citrus-flavored Listerine is colored with cochineal (well, my bottle is, at least). And cochineal gives a lovely sort-of-hot-pink color to yarn.
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