No, this post is not a debate over the benefits or dangers of Coke. It’s just for fun.
You may or may not know that Coca-Cola was originally marketed as a headache remedy. Of course, it was somewhat different at first than it is today – probably containing much more caffeine, and some other interesting ingredients.
But I thought you might like to see the first label for Coca-Cola, as written by the inventor, John Pemberton, back in the 1880s:
COCA-COLA SYRUP AND EXTRACT For soda water and other Carbonated Beverages. This Intellectual Beverage and Temperance Drink contains the valuable Tonic and Nerve Stimulant properties of the Coca plant and Cola (and Kola) nuts, and makes not only a delicious, exhilerating, refreshing, and invigorating Beverage (dispensed from the soda water fountain or in other carbonated beverages), but a valuable Brain Tonic and a cure for all nervous affections–Sick Head-Ache, Neuralgia, Hysteria, Melancholy, etc. The peculiar flavor of COCA-COLA delights every palate.
Hmmmmmm… not sure if that makes me want to go for a Coke or not! Yes, "sick head-ache" was the old name for migraine. Now we know a lot more about what it is (a nervous affection?! Um, no.), and we know that Coca-Cola, old formula or new, does not cure it.
My, how things have changed!
Taken from For God, Country, and Coca-Cola by Mark Pendergrast