Snapple Facts


I remember the first commercials I heard for Snapple: “Made from the Best stuff on Earth.”  Isn’t that wonderful?  But I quickly found myself  intrigued, not just by the  variety of flavors, but by the “Real Facts” located inside each bottle cap. Fascinating!  Here are 3 such “facts” I chose at random:  “The popsicle was invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old boy.” “In the middle Ages, chicken soup was considered an aphrodisiac.”  “There are more people on Facebook today than there were on the Earth 200 years ago.”

Now, I know some of you wonder if all Snapple’s facts are true.  The company has someone responsible for fact checking: David Falk. “We go through a pretty vigorous process” he said in 2013.   But, no doubt, a few mistakes sneak through. For example,  Fact # 904:  “If done perfectly, any Rubik’s Cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.” Research said a more accurate answer would be 20 turns.  Fact # 77: “No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.”  Once again, research said a  few more folds were possible.

But, even so, reading Snapple’s facts are fun and fascinating.  And, Yes, all 1,504 (last time I checked) facts can be found at Snapple’s website.



OK, enough teasing. Here are 10 interesting Facts I found within the first 100 Snapple listed = “The average speed of a housefly is 4.5 mph.”  “Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work.”  “About 11% of the people in the world are left-handed.”  “The average human produces 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime.”  (Are baseball players included in calculating that fact?  “Americans, on average, eat 18 acres of pizza a day.”  (What is the average for NYC residents?) “The average person spends 2 weeks over his/her lifetime waiting for a traffic light to change.”  “There are 119 grooves on the edge of a quarter.”  “The average raindrop falls at 7 mph.”  “Lizards communicate by doing push-ups.”  “You burn about 20 calories per hour chewing gum.”  (Once again, are baseball folks included in calculating that fact?  I’m sure the new Phillies manager, Gabe Kapler skews this stat.)

Speaking of baseball, here are 6 facts Snapple mentioned:  “The ‘high five’ was introduced by a professional baseball player in 1977.”  “The shortest professional baseball player was 3 feet, 7 inches tall.”  (Google Eddie Gaedel)  “The average lifespan of a MLB baseball is 5-7 pitches.”  “The most valuable baseball card ever is worth about $2.8 million.”  (Is that what Honus Wagner’s card is going for now?)  “An ‘Immaculate inning’ is when a pitcher strikes out 3 batters with only 9 pitches.”  (I think Max Scherzer had one this year.)  “A regulation baseball has 108 stitches.”  (Ask Annie Savoy in “Bull Durham.”)

And for real trivia fans: “In the U. S., there is an official rock, paper, scissors league.”

Imagine how many more fun and fascinating facts you could find if you went through all 1,504 facts at the Snapple website.  Wait; I’ll join you.


PS = In closing, I had to include this picture. (see below) This appears to be a photo  taken in Snapple’s new products lab.  My guess is the person shown is demonstrating how the  flavor “Half ‘n Half” was invented.  The combination of iced tea and lemonade is my favorite.



















About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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