Elon Musk said today that he wants to buy Coca-Cola in order to “put the cocaine back in” the beloved beverage.


Mr Musk’s tweet came just days after the entrepreneur agreed to pay £35 billion for the social media company Twitter.

Despite the fact that the tweet is most likely a jest, it is historically accurate.

Coca-Cola was created in 1885 by pharmacist John Pemberton, who promoted the beverage as a “brain tonic and intellectual beverage” as well as a “patent medicine.”

Coca-Cola, like a number of other medicines at the time, was thought to contain a trace quantity of cocaine.

Medicines containing chemicals like cocaine or opium were widespread towards the end of the 19th century, and the consequences of these medications were unknown.

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