Let’s bust a couple more of those “Amazing Facts” doing the internet rounds.
Coca-Cola was originally green. This one appears on most all of those “Amazing Facts” lists. It is totally … FALSE!
Coke was invented quite by chance when John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, was inspired by simple curiosity. One afternoon, he stirred up a fragrant, caramel-colored liquid and, when it was done, he carried it a few doors down to Jacobs’ Pharmacy where they mixed it with carbonated water and gave samples to the customers who all agreed — this new drink was something special. Jacobs’ Pharmacy put it on sale for five cents a glass. Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Robinson, named the mixture Coca-Cola®, and wrote it out in his distinct script. To this day, Coca-Cola is written the same way. Coke is, was and always will be a caramelly brown colour – never ever green!! There’s lots more about the history of Coca-Cola here:
It is impossible to lick your elbow … FALSE!
I think this is included on these lists just to make people try it for themselves rather than being there as a real fact. I bet you just tried it! Do a Youtube search on “How to lick your elbow” and you will find plenty of videos of pepole doing it. How? you might wonder as you are trying to lick your own elbow and not succeeding.
The basic essential is a rather long tongue, but failing this, if you have very flexible arms or can easliy dislocate your shoulder you could also do it. The average person might not be able to do it, but if you have any of the criteria above you probably can.
In fact, The Guiness Book of Records were receiving at least 5 claims per day from people who can do this. It is NOT a category and the only way they could get into the book was if their tongue was longer than the current record holder, which is an incredible 9.5cm long! You can see a picture of his tongue here (Warning it is up close & feral!)