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Death By Coca-Cola…kinda

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New Zealand’s 30 year old Natasha Harris died of a heart attack back in February of 2010.  In that country investigations are organized to explain odd deaths in an attempt to consider future health regulations.  In the case of Harris, it seems pretty obvious what killed her.

The headline of the story is that Harris was a well known Coke addict, not the drug cocaine, but regular Coca-Cola – the soft drink.  She consumed as much as two gallons a day, (equal to 20+ cans) and had been doing so for as long as anyone can remember.  The pathologist in the investigation testified that the autopsy revealed that she suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, probably a result of drinking so much cola.  But that’s not the only reason.

Harris also smoked 30 cigarettes a day and when she did eat, she ate very little.

While two gallons of cola is really bad for anyone, excessive amounts of water or milk, or any liquid for that matter, can also be deadly.  So while the idea that someone drank Coca-cola to their death is a pretty good headline, the fact that Harris simply took really overall crappy care of herself is the reality.

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You’ll Never Know There’s a Mouse in Your Mountain Dew

That is actually the defense that PepsiCo is putting forth in a case of a Illinois man who claims that he found a mouse in a can of Mountain Dew.

In 2009 Ronald Ball drank a can of Dew that he purchased from a vending machine, it made him violently ill and as he poured the remaining amount into a cup, a mouse poured out too, as he claims.

But the Madison St Clair Record is reporting that Pepsi has moved to dismiss the case based on the simple fact that a mouse that was trapped in a can of the soda would have dissolved and become a “jelly like” substance long before anyone had a chance to drink the contents.

Which leads to the question, have we all been drinking the dissolved remnants of trapped rodents, bugs or human body parts in Mountain Dew all this time and just not known it?

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