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Unbelievable: Five Things That Shouldn't Be True But Are

Updated on June 16, 2011




Under United States' law, it is illegal to import the coca leaf, the source of the narcotic cocaine. It is illegal that is, unless you are the Coca-Cola company. Cocaine, as most people know, was one of the original ingredients in Coca-Cola, but the company stopped adding it to its soft drink formula in 1903. Yet, the coca leaf is still a vital part of the Coke formula. And for decades now, Coca-Cola has persuaded the US government to make it the sole exemption in the ban on coca imports.

As the New York Times published in 1988 (

This week, details of how Coca-Cola obtains the coca and how it is processed emerged from interviews with Government officials and scientists involved in drug research programs. They identified the Illinois-based Stepan Company as the importer and processor of the coca used in Coke. After Stepan officials acknowledged their ties to Coca-Cola, the soft drink giant confirmed those details of its operations.

In a telephone interview from Coca-Cola's Atlanta headquarters, Randy Donaldson, a company spokesman, said, ''Ingredients from the coca leaf are used, but there is no cocaine in it and it is all tightly overseen by regulatory authorities.''

And how much coca leaves does Coca-Cola import? Approximately 100 metric tons.

After the leaves enter the US by special DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) permission, the cocaine is extracted and sold to a St. Louis company called Mallinckrodt Incorporated, where it is used for supposed "medical use." Which begs the question, who exactly is benefitting from the medicinal purposes of this illegal drug?

In case, you were wondering, 100 metric tons of coca leaves equals 333 kilos of cocaine with a street value of almost $17 million!

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The Canadian teen crooner, who burst onto the scene in 2009, when he was 14, is worth an estimated $65.5 million. (Which is half of what Miley Cyrus is worth, but she's been in show business for ten years now. This, of course, is also depressing...). Believe it or not, his first album My World sold 700,000 copies in its first three weeks, went platinum and produced seven songs that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart (the first artist ever to have that many from a debut disc).

To fully appreciate the difference in how much money you have, and how much money Justin Bieber has, click on the link below.



At almost $700 billion, the US out-spends its nearest competitor by a huge margin. Number two China annually spends around $114 billion on its military. That means the US spends 7 times as much as the Chinese! That amount is equal to 4.7% of the US GDP (gross domestic product). China's numbers come to 2.2% of their GDP.

For a complete list of military spending around the globe, see the Wikipedia link below.


Modern living means being exposed to countless man-made chemicals and toxins. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published in their National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals that a whopping 95% of people tested had harmful toxins in their blood.

Unfortunately, what this means is that these harmful chemical toxins are now being found in the blood-streams of UNBORN babies! According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) American infants have been found to have on average 287 toxins in their umbilical cords. These toxins include BPA, mercury, pesticides and fire retardants.

For more information, click on the following article from

Cute girl, but would you want to digest her hair?
Cute girl, but would you want to digest her hair? | Source

5. L-Cysteine: From China's Barber Shop Floors to Your Dinner Rolls

L-cysteine is a non-essential amino acid found in most commercial bread rolls, pastries and pizza doughs, although not often found in flour for home use. L-cysteine conditions the dough to quicken the industrial processing.

And where do these industrial baked good companies get theire L-cysteine? Well, from a number of sources, including laboratory synthesis, duck and chicken feathers, petroleum by-products, cow horns, and if that weren't bad enough... HUMAN HAIR. In fact, the majority of L-cysteine is derived from human hair that has been swept up from the barber shops and hair salons of China. Yum.

The L-cysteine is isolated through a chemical process, after the hair is dissolved in acid. It is then packaged and shipped off to commercial bread producers. And we all know how safe and reliable most Chinese manufacturing processes are... Once again, yum.

To learn more follow the adjoining link for a free download of "25 Amazing Facts About Food."


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    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You got it! I knew about coca-cola but I didn't realize that they still imported the leaves for the formula. Everything else here, I didn't know about. I really enjoyed this.


    • Farmer Ted profile imageAUTHOR

      Farmer Ted 

      7 years ago from US

      Thanks. Appreciate it!

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is super informative! I really enjoyed reading. Voting Up!



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