Last week, I asked you what you called carbonated beverages like Coke and Pepsi. As usual, my brilliant and (as it turns out) geographically diverse readership came through with tons of answers (if you define “a ton” as “45 comments”).
Armed with this data and a brain that functions like a supercomputer (if you define “supercomputer” as “a middle-aged woman who is shaky in math”), I’ve put together the definitive guide to how to order carbonated beverages in about 29 states as well as four countries outside the U.S. — including Australia, Denmark, the U.K. and Canada (two provinces).1
SODA: California, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington DC area, Seattle, WA.
POP: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington (outside Seattle), Canada (Ontario)
COKE: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas. (Basically, the South)
SOFT DRINK or FIZZY DRINK: Australia, the U.K., and Canada (Manitoba)
Dan from The Art of Panic reports that Colorado is easy-going and will accept pop, soda or coke. But apparently they are confused about what to call milk-based concoctions. Here in my neck of the woods, I call them milkshakes, but Dan was calling them shakes, malts or frappes.
Also, several people mentioned that there is a difference between soda and pop in rural and urban areas in their state — with urban areas favoring “soda” and rural areas favoring “pop.” Interesting.
And as far as my other carbonated beverage queries:
- 97% of you agree that Mountain Dew is urine and/or toxic waste.
- Apparently, Fanta is a cool drink among the tween set nowadays.
- Pretty much all of you agreed with me that Dr. Pepper DOES NOT equal root beer.
Several of you were quite witty in your remarks about Mr. Pibb. Heather at …and now I’m a grown-up shared a line from one of her favorite comedians, Mitch Hedberg:
Mr. Pibb is a replica of Dr Pepper, but it’s a bullshit replica, cause the dude didn’t even get his degree. Why’d you have to drop out and start making pop so soon?!
And Janna Bee from Janana Bee
Mr. Pibb = Dr. Pepper’s less educated cousin.
Finally, Jenni Jiggety2 from Jiggety Jigg — who obviously has it out for me and is simply trying to create more work for my puny little mind — asks: sub, grinder, hero or hoagie?
1 THE FINE PRINT: If you travel to states or countries outside of those mentioned in this guide, you are on your own and and Life With A Little One and More will not be held responsible for what you get to drink. Nor will Life With A Little One and More be held responsible if you follow this guide while ordering. Furthermore and heretofore into perpetuity, Life With A Little One and More shall not be held accountable for any mishaps, substitutions and/or consumption of any drinks (in so much as drinks are defined as liquid) in the known world, universe or those universes to be discovered upon some date in the future. Life with A Little One And More reminds you to check the contract you signed when you agreed to follow this blog or subscribe to its feed. Yeah..that’s right…you signed a contract and I shall be collecting my yearly stipend from you via an Electronic Funds Transfer on the 15th of the month for as long as you follow or read this blog. Haha suckers! And you thought I was doing this out of the kindness of my heart.
2 Although I totally owe her for teaching me how to do these footnotes on my blog now. 3
3 Watch out Dave Eggers, I’m gunning for you! 4
4 For those of you who didn’t get the Dave Eggers reference, he wrote a book called A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius that used footnotes in a unique and heavy-handed way. 5
5 Can you footnote a footnote? 6
6 Is any one still reading this? If so, leave the word “flux” in your comment.