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By Mary Lynn Bushong
1 On a hot day, you crave something cold to drink. For many people, not just any drink will do. They want something fizzy. Something like Coca-Cola.
2 Coke might seem like a very modern drink, but it's not. It has actually been around for more than one hundred years. It was invented by a man named John Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. He worked in a drug store as a pharmacist.
3 In those days, there were no fast food restaurants. People went to diners, or they stopped at drug stores that had a soda fountain. There, they could sit at the counter or at a table and get drinks poured for them. Mr. Pemberton liked to invent new kinds of soda drinks, and he had already experienced some success with other drinks.
4 In 1886, he invented Coca-Cola. It got its name from the coca leaves (the source of cocaine) and kola nuts (caffeine) used in the recipe. People liked the taste of Coke, but he did not sell a lot. The first year, he lost money on it, but things soon improved. After five years, he sold the rights to the drink to Asa Candler for $2,300.
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