After buying Twitter to protect free speech, it appears that Elon Musk is not just stopping there.
Taking it to Twitter on 28 April, he revealed his latest idea on what to buy next. “Next, I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in,” Elon Musk wrote in his tweet.
While many may think that cocaine is a banned substance in many countries, it is not until 1920s. According to a reply to Elon’s tweet, a netizen even shared an image showcasing Coca-Cola in 1894 which contained 3.5 grams of cocaine.
Next I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 28, 2022
The netizen too, wants the cocaine-filled product back on the market.
Meanwhile, you may wonder if Coca-Cola really has cocaine in it back then?
According to ABP LIVE, Coca-Cola first made its appearance in 1886 when it was invented by a pharmacist in Atlanta, John Pemberton who made the original formula in his backyard.
This is the first publicly sold bottle of Coca-Cola in 1894 which contained 3.5 grams of cocaine. Bring it back. pic.twitter.com/Q05JqrCrel— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) April 28, 2022
National Institue of Drug Abuse said that the drink was initially marketed as a “patent medicine” and John described the product as a “brain tonic and intellectual beverage”, claiming it cured headaches, upset stomach, and fatigue.
In a detailed article on the institute’s website, it said that Coca-Cola did, in fact, contain cocaine, which was legal at the time, and also a common ingredient in medicines. People believed cocaine was safe if consumed in small amounts, it adds.
However, the ingredient was then removed from the recipe after the turn of the century.
What do netizens think about Elon’s move?
Elon’s tweet quickly went viral but there was a mixed reaction among netizens. Some agreed to his suggestion, while others asked him to purchase something else instead.
While some of us are thinking that he is simply joking about bringing back the previous cocaine-filled product, in his latest tweet on 29 April, Elon has once again mentioned Coca-Cola.
Do you think that Elon Musk is keen on taking over Coca-Cola? What do you think about this? Share your thoughts!