There’s lots to love about our drinks – and even more to learn! Use our monthly roundup of lesser-known brand facts to storm to victory at the next pub quiz.

Did you know that the first well-known artist to include the Coca-Cola bottle in a painting was Salvador Dali? Or that Fanta originated in Naples? Did you have an inkling that Coca-Cola is the second most widely understood term in the world? No? (The first is ‘OK’, by the way.)

At Coca-Cola, we’re proud of the heritage of our drinks, and we think that’s something worth sharing. Which is why we’ve scoured our archives to serve you up these five top pieces of tasty trivia – the first of a monthly series uncovering the unusual, unknown and the downright weird...   

Fact 1: Coca-Cola original taste was the first soft drink to be consumed in space

In 1985, Coca-Cola original taste boldly went where no can had gone before – into space! It blasted into orbit aboard Space Shuttle Challenger in a specially designed ‘Coca-Cola Space Can’, which astronauts tested out during the flight.

On its next space mission six years later, the Coca-Cola Space Can made it all the way to the Soviet space station Mir. Not to be outdone, Diet Coke followed in its sibling’s footsteps, becoming the first diet soft-drink in space when it hitched a ride aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1995.

Fact 2: Schweppes is the oldest brand in the Coca-Cola family

The very first Schweppes soft-drink, developed in 1783, was the brain child of a Swiss watchmaker named Jacob Schweppe. A keen amateur scientist, Schweppe developed a way to put the fizz we all know and love into mineral water. Originally based in Geneva, it wasn’t long before Schweppe took his sparkling water to England, where it was used medicinally to settle upset stomachs and treat other ailments.

But it wasn’t until the 1870s that the tonic water that would become synonymous with the Schweppes brand made an appearance. Fast forward another 70 years and the brand’s famous advertising tagline ‘Schhh...Schweppes’ was coined to mimic the sound of gas escaping from a bottle as it’s opened. Today, you can choose from a whole host of Schweppes drinks including Ginger Beer, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Bitter Lemon and Lemonade.

Fact 3: FUZE Tea’s hourglass-shaped bottle was designed to remind people to take a little ‘me time’

There’s a whole world of exciting flavours out there, and we want to bottle it in every drink we make. That’s the thinking behind the flavour gurus who came up with the deliciously unexpected pairings in FUZE Tea range – and the bottle’s shape is meant to remind you to take some time out.

Mango Chamomile and Peach Hibiscus FUZE Teas blend fruit juice, botanicals and sustainably sourced tea extracts to create a refreshing taste fusion. To enjoy them at their best, pour your favourite chilled FUZE Tea over ice and add a lemon wedge, fresh mint or any other flavour twist that takes your fancy. Then sit back, sip, and savour!

Fact 4: Dr Pepper actually dates back to 1885

The recipe for Dr Pepper combines 23 fruity flavours, and dates back to 1885, when it was developed by Charles Alderton, a pharmacist in Waco, Texas. Remember the hit Dr Pepper ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ ad campaign? It saw hapless teenage protagonists land themselves in awkward situations that left the rest of us chuckling from the safety of our sofas…

Fact 5: Our Stevia sweetener has been used in drinks for over 200 years

Worldwide, more than 30 of our drinks now use Stevia to add natural sweetness. The Stevia plant is native to Brazil and Paraguay, and is packed with chemical compounds known as steviol glycosides that give the plant extract anywhere from 30-150 times the sweetness of sugar, but without any calories.

Stevia’s all natural, too, and has been used in teas and medicines for more than 200 years. Think that’s impressive? The Guarani people of South America have been using it as a so called “sweet herb” for roughly 1,500!

That’s it for this month: keep it locked to Coca-Cola Journey for more top trivia in April. In the meantime, why not school up on 10 things you need to know about us and our drinks in 2019?