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10 Things You Didn't Know About Dr Pepper

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Here are 10 facts about the fizzy favorite.

Dr Pepper’s sweet, unique flavor has helped it gain a devoted following over the years.

Here are 10 facts about the fizzy favorite.

Number 10. Its inspiration comes from a scent. Creator Charles Alderton wanted to make a beverage that tasted like a soda fountain smelled. He played around with formulas until he came upon one that was truly magnificent.

Number 9. There used to be a period after doctor. It was included until the 1950s. That’s when the logo and font were changed, and company high ups decided that keeping the punctuation would only cause confusion.

Number 8. It’s been around the longest. It was created in 1885, making it the most enduring major soda brand in America.

Number 7. The company doesn’t take kindly to name-calling. Many years ago David Letterman likened Dr Pepper to ‘liquid manure’ during a show. The soda makers complained and CBS vowed to never air the episode again.

Number 6. Many have tried to copy Dr Pepper. Few, however, have succeeded. The Coca-Cola Company launched Mr. PiBB, and later added a new version, Pibb Extra. We know how that’s been working out. Other attempted dupes include beverages called Dr. Dazzle, Dr. Perky, Dr. Extreme, and just plain Doctor.

Number 5. You can drink it hot. Heating up the soda destroys the bubbles and thickens it, so it’s kind of like drinking a hot cider. A Hot Dr Pepper, however, will give you a nice, caffeinated boost while it warms your insides.

Number 4. While first created in 1885, it took nearly 19 years before the drink too off at the 1904 World's Fair Exposition.

Number 3. It might be Dr Pepper time! Check your clock, because the daylight hours of 10, 2, and 4 were once declared the ideal moments for a Dr Pepper pick-me-up. The company launched the campaign based on early 20th century research that identified those times as when a person’s blood sugar is lowest.

Number 2. McDonalds kicked Pibb Xtra to the curb for it. In 2009 the fast food chain replaced the Coca-Cola version of Dr Pepper with the real thing.

Number 1. It features 23 flavors. What they actually are has not been disclosed to the general public. Sometime in the 1930s a rumor started that one of them is prune juice. Finally, in 2000, the company assured all drinkers that the beverage was prune juice free.

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