I have posted a couple entries lately about the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta, GA. I was even so bold as to say that I think it is, for the most part, not worth the price of admission (however, my oldest grand-daughter said it was her favorite thing she did while she was here this past week!)
I’m not backtracking on my opinion, but I do want to tell you what I think is the best part of the World of Coca-Cola. It isn’t the Vault nor the movie clips. They have some cool artifacts and memorabilia, including a Coca-Cola vending “machine” that flew on the space shuttle to the international space station (now that is pretty cool!)
Nope, those aren’t the highlight as far as I’m concerned. The highlight is the very last thing you do before you exit the museum (through, of course, the Coca-Cola gift shop!). Just prior to the gift shop is a large room where there is are towers that have soda fountains in them. There is a tower for pretty much each continent: Asia, Africa, South/Latin America, Europe, etc. And what drinks are dispensed there (FREE OF CHARGE!!!)? They are products made by the Coca-Cola corporation and you can taste many of the different products that they sell in various countries. Some are really good! In fact, there are some that they sell elsewhere that I wish they sold here! But, there are also some that are horrible!!! The worst (by consensus) seems to be a drink they sold in Italy (I’ve been told that they no longer make it) called Beverly. One opinion said that it tasted like a dentists office. That was the kindest of the voiced opinions that I heard about the taste.
The good news? You can stay and drink as long as you wish…as much as you wish! The bad news? Well, caffeine makes you have to relieve yourself, right? But, fear not! There’s a restroom right next to this “tasting room”!
Bottoms up, everyone!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on this day in 4977 B.C., the universe was created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets.
Kepler was born on December 27, 1571, in Weil der Stadt, Germany. As a university student, he studied the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus’ theories of planetary ordering. Copernicus (1473-1543) believed that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system, a theory that contradicted the prevailing view of the era that the sun revolved around the earth.
In 1600, Kepler went to Prague to work for Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, the imperial mathematician to Rudolf II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Kepler’s main project was to investigate the orbit of Mars. When Brahe died the following year, Kepler took over his job and inherited Brahe’s extensive collection of astronomy data, which had been painstakingly observed by the naked eye. Over the next decade, Kepler learned about the work of Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who had invented a telescope with which he discovered lunar mountains and craters, the largest four satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, among other things. Kepler corresponded with Galileo and eventually obtained a telescope of his own and improved upon the design. In 1609, Kepler published the first two of his three laws of planetary motion, which held that planets move around the sun in ellipses, not circles (as had been widely believed up to that time), and that planets speed up as they approach the sun and slow down as they move away. In 1619, he produced his third law, which used mathematic principles to relate the time a planet takes to orbit the sun to the average distance of the planet from the sun.
Kepler’s research was slow to gain widespread traction during his lifetime, but it later served as a key influence on the English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) and his law of gravitational force. Additionally, Kepler did important work in the fields of optics, including demonstrating how the human eye works, and math. He died on November 15, 1630, in Regensberg, Germany. As for Kepler’s calculation about the universe’s birthday, scientists in the 20th century developed the Big Bang theory, which showed that his calculations were off by about 13.7 billion years.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The largest mammalian carnivore that ever lived on land was the giant short-faced bear. Twice the size of the biggest modern bear, it was 6′ 5″ tall at the shoulder when standing on all fours. Scientists believe it had very long legs and chased antelope on the North American prairies. It died around 12,000 years ago.