Thirsty for some òca-Cola?

Yesterday I treated myself to an order of a Five Guys burger.  Don’t judge.  Sometimes we all need a little grease in our lives.  Besides, it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a Five Guys burger, and the last time was – shall we say – lots of fun.

That being said, as the Five Guys chefs were cooking my burger and preparing the burger’s trimmings, I felt the pangs of thirst and went to the soda machine to get a diet cola.

Now the soda machines at Five Guys allow you to pick your soda flavor and composition based on pressing some buttons, then putting your cup in the dispenser and letting the soda machine do all the hard work.

And it was only as I put my cup in the soda machine to get a nice flavored diet cola …

That I noticed the soda machine had a small defect.

Notably … the defect was on the soda machine’s front faceplate.

And to be more specific… part of the nameplate had snapped off.

It’s the real thing … sort of. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Meaning … I was getting my soda from an òca-Cola machine.

And not just oca-Cola … the initial “C” had broken off the machine, leaving a slight accent grave over the first O in the trademark.  That’s right, it’s òca-Cola.

This is funny.  It’s almost as funny as that classic 1985 film The Coca-Cola Kid, where Eric Roberts is a Coca-Cola representative who travels to Australia to find out why sales of his beverage in one area of that country are virtually non-existent.

But getting back to the nameplate typo…

I suppose there are plenty of instances where an inadvertent neon light burnout would cause a product to exist with a brand new name.  Sort of like when they were tearing down Radio Shacks and in some cses, the unfinished removal of the signs left thew words “adioS” on the abandoned buildings.

And you know the one business who needs to make sure all their signs are working properly?  Waffle House.  As explained in this great song by folk singer Carla Ulbrich, “The Guy Who Changes The Lightbulbs” truly is the most important Waffle House employee.

So yeah, I tried some of that òca-Cola.  And I can tell you, it’s definitely the eal hing.  You know, hings o etter ith òca-Cola.  A few sips of that concoction, and it’s just like the jingle – ave an òca-Cola and a mile.

And now I’ve got that song jingle stuck in my head … “I’d ike o each he orld o ing… ‘n erfect armony…”

Maybe this is how this soda machine makes diet colas – by removing the spelling.  What, was the first letter in the trademark made of pure cane sugar?  😀

Ha ha ha…

See, sometimes it’s the little things in life that can give us the big, big smiles.