03/25/2014 11:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2014

5 Famous Coca-Cola Myths That You've Probably Heard

With a company as large and well-known as Coca-Cola, a few baseless rumors are bound to spring up, but Coke seems to have collected an especially vast amount of strange gossip even for an organization of its renown and size.

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Have you heard that Coca-Cola spelled backwards is actually a secret anti-Muslim message written in Arabic? Or that a can of Coke will dissolve a steak in 48 hours?

  • A Student in India Died After Chugging 8 Cokes
    While anyone would be likely to get a bad stomachache from drinking so many sugary sodas back to back, the rumor that a case of too much pop actually killed him is apocryphal. Photo Credit: Coca-Cola Click Here to see More Famous Coca-Cola Myths
  • A Tooth Left in a Glass of Coke Will Dissolve Overnight
    While leaving a tooth soaking in any form of acid, no matter how mild, can't be great for enamel, the acids present in Coke are actually relatively mild compared to other common foods, including orange juice and regular vinegar used in salad. Photo Credit: Thinkstock
  • Coke Still Uses Cocaine
    Nope. Coca leaves, sure, but cocaine? Not anymore. Yes, up until 1903, the popular soda contained cocaine, but the substance wasn’t even illegal in the U.S. until 1914. Photo Credit: Coca-Cola Click Here to see More Famous Coca-Cola Myths
  • The Company Is Anti-Semitic And The Company Donates Proceeds to Israel
    Neither of these competing -- and mutually exclusive -- rumors are true. The company is not affiliated with any religion and does not discriminate against any groups. Photo Credit: Thinkstock
  • You Just Won a Sweepstakes You Didn't Even Enter
    While the company does have various prizes and sweepstakes (currently, you can win a trip to the FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals in Brazil), they have no part in the phishing scams that send you emails with subject lines like: NOTIFICATION OF THE ANNUAL MID-YEAR COCA-COLA PROMOTIONAL DRAW. In fact, the company has set up a website with a list of some of the many scams that have tried to profit off of Coca-Cola's good name. Click Here to see More Famous Coca-Cola MythsPhoto Credit: Thinkstock

Maybe you've gotten a little case of the chills after hearing that some mysteriously kind terrorists are running around warning waiters to avoid drinking Coke after a certain date?

None of these rumors are true, but they and plenty of equally-strange stories have been widely spread. While some of them have a grain of truth, others are entirely fabricated.

We're not really sure why anyone would go around making up stories about Coke when there are enough strange-but-true facts to more than make up for these stories proving to be false.

For instance, Coke really did used to contain cocaine, it was marketed many years ago as a "nerve tonic," and was believed, once upon a time, to cure morphine addiction.

It can also actually be used as a not-too-shabby ingredient in a glaze for ham.

One absolutely factual rumor? If you and a friend say the same thing at the exact same time and your friend tells you, "Jinx! You owe me a Coke," you really do have to buy them a Coke as soon as you can or the jinx won't be lifted. That one's real.

Curious if Coke is really vegetarian? Want to know if you should be using it to strip motor oil and clean your car's engine?

Take a look at our 10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths Slideshow to find out which of the rumors you may have heard have a basis in truth, and which are completely false.

-Jess Novak, The Daily Meal

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