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You Won't Believe the Size of This Soda

When McDonald's execs first struck up its lucrative business partnership with The Coca-Cola Company in 1955, they were thinking small—literally. At the time, the only size of the beverage available for purchase was a measly seven ounce cup. But by 2003, America's classic burger joint was offering a fountain drink size six times this volume. 

But that's not even the worst of it. Franchises like 7-Eleven, Arco, and the very unfortunately named Midwestern chain "Kum & Go" have all offered drinks upwards of 85 ounces. To put this in perspective, this is around three times the capacity of a normal human stomach.

To see exactly how big sodas have gotten in a chart, and to see how American soda sizes compare to Japan's, click here. [READ MORE]

 

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Why Diet Soda Should Be Taxed, Too

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This 32-home community in Pennsylvania got bulldozed for fracking. It won't be the last. [READ MORE]

 

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