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Re: coca cola

From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>

Coke myths abound.

"Put a penny in coca-cola and see how fast it corrodes.  Coke does that to
your stomach!"

"Two aspirins dissolved in coke will make you drunk."

"Coke eats the paint right off cars!"

and so on.

Now this!  There is nothing in coca cola but some spices and flavors,
caffiene, and a lot of sugar.  There is no a priori reason to expect that
coke would be any better for your compost pile than the useless
"inoculants" that are sold in garden catalogs.  There are already more than
enough bacteria and fungal spores on any garden debris to start the
breakdown process within hours.  About the only thing you need to add is a
nitrogen source, if most of your compost materials are dried out and brown.
A light sprinkling of lawn fertilizer on each 6-inch layer generally does
the trick, but even this is not needed in a properly composed pile.

The best Coke story is the true one:  prior to government regulation (now
about 80 years ago), the secret ingredient in COCA-cola was--you guessed
Supposedly it really perked you up.

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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