• 02. In 1989, the Soviet Union traded with Pepsi Company 17
submarines, a cruiser, a frigate, and a destroyer for Pepsi
to be sold in the Soviet Union. This trade made Pepsi the
6th largest military power in the world at the time.
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    • For a long time before this, russia would actually pay for Pepsi with vodka, but when the vodka production was effected, the ended up paying for it with military technology, correct me if I'm wrong on the vodka production being the problem, but that's the gist of the story.
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    • Pepsi rolling up to Coca Cola: parry this, you fucking casual
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    • Peepee
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    • Like for coke
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    • Reminds me of the story of a Soviet general who developed a taste for Coca-Cola during WWII. Since it would have been a national scandal to be seen drinking the beverage postwar, he asked the company to bottle it in vodka bottle without any caramel coloring. He enjoyed it secretly.
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    • Imagine being a third world country like fucking Ethiopia and get fucking raided by Pepsi to be turned into a corporate country
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    • *Needs Pepsi REaLly bad* *scrambling* “There’s gotta be SOMETHING around here”
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    • Two yearly later the Soviet Union dissolved. Pepsi defeated communism.
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    • Yeah so this is one of my favorite things. Basically, pepsi was trading for vodka, and then Russia ran out of vodka so they gave them old ships. Pepsi disarmed russia and then sold the ships to sweden as scrap
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    • Call me communist but the fact that a corporation can accumulate this much power is scary and sickening
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    • War is upon us... Pepsi will cull the earth of the weak
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    • Then during a congressional hearing, the Pepsi CEO was asked, " What exactly do you think you're doing" and the CEO said, " We are disarming the Soviet Union faster than you are. "
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    • Why THE fuck do WE always highlight RANDOM words THAT HAVE no RELEVANCE
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    • Coke still tastes better
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    • Remember when coke made fanta orange so they could make money selling them in noon Germany who didn't want a big American corporation like coke being sold in their country
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    • If Nuka Cola has taught me anything, it’s that Coke had every right to be scared
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    • Imagine making something so popular that a country will give you a ton of military power just so they can buy your product with even more money
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    • Pepsi was a military power, Coca- Cola had cocaine in it... miss the good ole days
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    • Coca Cola actually made a clear coke for Stalin to drink, so he wouldn’t be judged for drinking an American drink.
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    • Coca cola has one of the largest private nuclear stockpile
      Dicknyts 12 aug
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    • imagine having so much military tech you just trade it for soda
      SbM48 12 aug
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    • Imagine pepsi being a stronger military force than your entire country?
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    • Pepsi immediately had to sell all of it to the us government. Was illegal for them to have it lol. Right to bear arms does have some limits. It was an intermediary thing. The Soviet Union had just fallen, they needed shit but only had military items to trade with... couldn’t trade directly with USA
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    • No one's going to ask where the fuck they are now?
      Wuety 12 aug
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    • They should’ve demolished an innocent island and then named it Pepsi world
      ChadClout 12 aug
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    • That’s why they called the helpful on that secretary trying to sell them Coca Cola’s formula... It’s not that they respected Coca Cola, they just saw it as an insult to their dominating power over Coca Cola.
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    • Pepsi CEO told the National security adviser this after that happened: “were disarming the USSR faster than you”
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    • Coca Cola actually had their own South American death squads at the time
      TradThot 12 aug
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    • Pepsi ceo said "we're disarming the ruskies faster then then US government ever could"
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    • Ah, the Coca-cola/Pepsi arms race of the 1980s. Their A-bomb was Michael Jackson TV commercials, and let's not forget Coke's attempted suicide with "New Coke"
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    • They needed the naval strength because coca cola has the superior taste
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    • So they didn’t accept the coke recipe but they accept fuck weapons of destruction
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    • USSR did this because Pepsi is huge there and when American but high taxes on trade with USSR.USSR stopped buying Pepsi and mass riots started to form over Pepsi.So USSR said fuck it,we have the red army so let's just give them our navy for like X-million Pepsi.
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    • You know what else happened in 1989? Absolutely nothing.
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    • Except they’re Soviet ships, meaning the build quality was shit, production was rushed to meet the Unions gushing review of the centralized economy and the commander was probably piss drunk signing papers off Sovetskoye Shampanskoye
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    • With all this firepower, they still refused cocacolas recipe...thats some fucking discipline if i ever saw any in a fucking company.
      DatGaiBoi 16 aug
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    • Imagine being the inventor of Pepsi and you become filthy rich and countries like your drink so much they literally give you warships for it
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    • Pepsi and Coca Cola features
      linnasty 12 aug
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    • Lol they wanted that Cocaine
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    • So that’s how the Cola Wars started
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    • that’s fucking cool if you were like pepsis ceo or somethin at the time. you could ride in a submarine and shit
      bikedaman 12 aug
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    • So what you’re telling me is, in addition to political descent, I could’ve potentially been sent to the gulag in Soviet Russia for drinking Coke instead of Pepsi
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    • What did they do with it tho?
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    • “For Pepsi we give you big guns, go boom real loud”
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    • Now I just want to see a battle at sea with Pepsi and Coke-a-cola color painted battleships.
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    • Could you imagine being the CEO of a soda company in the height of the cocaine era with a naval fleet at your disposal? Where the fuck is that movie? Someone tweet Martin Scorsese.
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    • “The Art of the Deal”
      yungpurp 12 aug
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    • The Soviet Union tried to sell Pepsi the coke a cola secret recipe but instead of stealing their competitors formula, they reported the Soviet Union to the helpful
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    • The soviet union also hated coca cola because it reminded them of the US
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    • Is it okay that I still prefer Coke? Or am I gonna get shot?
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    • I wonder if they still have them
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    • Pepsi could conquer a small island nation and establish the Empire of Pepsi as a sovereign state
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    • When you’re so desperate you start selling off your military for a carbonated drink
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    • So what I’m hearing is if Pepsi was under the right leadership there could’ve been a small country called Pepsi right now.
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    • Professionals have standards
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    • “Military power”....you mean naval power...unless you got 100,000 pepsi men ready to fight?
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    • Then Pepsi told the US government that they were disarming the Soviets faster than they could
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    • You know what else happened in June, 1989? nothing nothing at all.
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    • Does everyone forget that Pepsi offered a fucking harrier to any one who got 6 million points worth their rewards program in the 90’s
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    • There were soviet politicians who paid Coca Cola to make a clear variant (life crystal Pepsi) and to have it put into vodka bottles and smuggled in because they liked it so much
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    • Pepsi still has a secret navy you can’t convince me otherwise
      TKEWEEK 12 aug
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    • I’m sorry but how does a few navy ships instantly make u the 6th largest military in the world
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    • Any idea what Pepsi did with all of them over the years?
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    • Like for Pepsi
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    • Wtf did Pepsi do with all those military assets
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    • When you want to gain influence over city-states in Civ 5, and you have a large ass military with expendable units
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    • Wasn't that the same year as nothing happening in China
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    • You’re telling me that with just those ships, Pepsi had more military might than the UK, France, West Germany, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Turkey, North Korea, India, Thailand, Egypt, Brazil, Poland, and Romania? Even in 1989
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    • 1989 was an absolutely wild year
      7Riot7 12 aug
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    • Wtf did pepsi do with them tho?
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    • Anyone know what pepsi ended up doing with all that stuff?
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    • Pepsi did [REDACTED] in China
      MungDaal 12 aug
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    • What did the Pepsi company do with these things?
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    • Coke
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    • Back when the Cola Wars was some real shit
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    • I was thinking “ there goes iFunny spreading some b.s AGAIN “ and then when I looked it up , this shit is real. WTF
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    • What happened in 1989
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    • WWlll: Pepsi and Russia versus the allies
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    • Someone tried to sell the coke secret recipe to Pepsi and Pepsi turned them in to the police. I can just imagine the CEO saying "If anyone is gonna take those bastards down, its gonna be me" *sips coffee*
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    • So that’s when the cola war started
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    • Ra Ra Rasputin, Russia’s greatest soda drink
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    • Pepsi > Coke
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    • Do they still have the ships
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