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There’s still no match for Yankee ingenuity. Here are the origins of three iconic American products:

  • Coca-Cola. John Pemberton, a pharmacist in Atlanta, first concocted the soft drink in 1886 as a cure for an upset stomach. He then marketed Coke as a cure for morphine addiction, nervous exhaustion, headache, and impotence.

  • Quaker Oats. Before this product was sold on grocery shelves, it was stored in open barrels, where it spoiled easily. Its store packaging was introduced in 1891. Quick-cooking oatmeal came in 1921 - one of the first convenience foods.

  • Wonder Bread. In 1921, a Taggart Baking Co. executive by the name of Elmer Cline was put in charge of naming a new brand of bread. He came up with Wonder Bread after he saw hundreds of hot-air balloons fill the sky one day - a sight that filled him with wonder.



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