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Mark Frauenfelder at 9:33 am Mon, Mar 17, 2008
strange for me.
I lived in Jerusalem in the late nineties. RC cola’s motto at the time translated as “the taste that turns America on it’s head!”
People had a hard time believing me when I explained that RC (which tasted far better than the Israeli versions of Coke and Pepsi) was a far distant third in the cola wars.
@14: Well I guess the war on terror hasn’t completely eroded our strength as an advertising brand after all. Good to know.
Tastes like torture!
boing boing, you have annoyed wintersweet, for shame!
now with extra fear!
Just like Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series… in America!
On a similar note: I saw this bag of toffee in a shop in North London. No idea where it originated; I’m guessing not America, though.
This refreshing beverage is brought to you by Cott canada, who also make Sam’s American Choice and Virgin Cola.
I bet it’s not even made from real Americans.
Not nearly as cool as Qibla cola, a portion of whose profits go to ‘good causes’ and which ‘liberates your taste’. I’ve only ever seen it in little curry shops in London’s East End.
Here in London, there are two classes of products which are historically promoted as “American”, with America being the gold standard: cosmetics and fried chicken. In the former case, one sees “American Nail Salon” shops and such here and there; perhaps it dates back to the years following World War 2, when Britain still had austerity while the post-war consumerism boom was taking off in America, and consequently luxuries such as beauty products were associated with America.
As for fried chicken, pretty much any high street in any urban area in Britain that’s even slightly down-at-heel is going to have a fried chicken shop named after some aspect of American culture. The stereotypical one is a KFC knockoff, named after some other random US state (“New Jersey Fried Chicken”, anyone?), but there are others too, like “Kennedy Fried Chicken”, “Dixy Fried Chicken”, “Hentuky Fried Chicken”, and so on, usually with mascots such as cartoon chickens wearing cowboy hats. Most of them are Muslim-run and advertise their halal status. I once saw one which claimed that the chicken was “cooked to an authentic recipe from the Rio Grande” or something similar.
Hey, the original slogan for Paul Newman’s Own Old Fashioned Roadside Virgin Lemonade was going to be “RESTORES VIRGINITY,” only the feds wouldn’t let him use it.
#4: Not even that! It’s more like that cartoon with characters drawn to look like anime but has a story and animation skills nothing like an anime! What’s it called… “Avatar”?
And all the Americanized Chinese takeout places…
But then these two examples are different in the way that they had much more sophisticated origins… in which Cola doesn’t have.
Ah!! yes, “French Fries”. That’s why the French are so angry.
American Nail Salon
In the US, nail salons are usually viewed as being Vietnamese.
Here is a whole list of American items in Germany.
Actually New Jersey Fried Chicken is usually pigeon.
And not half bad either.
Ehh– we all have our weird little inter-national stereotypes. If you want to hoodwink most Americans into thinking you’re “cultured” just speak in a British accent (or Australian, or New Zealand, Or South African– it all sounds the same to most Americans).
Tesco’s generic coke is called “Tesco Premium American Cola”
It’s actually quite good too.
I tried this in Vienna last fall. It taste’s like America.
It also happens to go quite well with ‘Pinko’ brand sesame snax:
Being a Romanian, I can only say that the owners of the factory producing this amazing piece of merchandise are sweetly nicknamed “The Chemical Brothers”.
And quoting from their website:
For free people, who know how to choose in life, for those without limits,
AMERICAN COLA indicates the path to be followed.
Refreshing and full of energy, AMERICAN COLA is anytime at your disposal.
IT IS THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE,
THE DREAM TO BE A WINNER FOREVER!