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Elon Musk tweeted that he would like to buy Coca-Cola to “put the cocaine back” in the soft drink

Elon Musk’s tweet about Coca-Cola came two days after the billionaire acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal.HANNIBAL HANSCHKE /Getty Images

  • Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that he would like to buy Coca-Cola.

  • His reason? He wants to “put the cocaine back” in the soft drink, the billionaire said in a tweet.

  • Many Twitter users posted suggestions for other companies Musk should buy.

Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that he would like to buy Coca-Cola to “put the cocaine back in” the drink.

Musk’s post came two days after the billionaire acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal. “Let’s make Twitter fun!” he tweeted less than an hour after expressing his plans for the beverage company.

While Musk’s comments about Coca-Cola were probably ironic, they carry some historical truth.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine was legal in 1885 when John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, first brewed the drink.

At the time, Pemberton’s recipe included a cocaine extract obtained from coca leaves. He described the drink as a “patent medicine” and a “brain and intellectual tonic”.

A 1988 New York Times article on The Coca-Cola Company also reported how cocaine was initially included in the drink but phased it out in the 1900s.

Representatives for The Coca-Cola Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Musk’s tweet about Coca-Cola, which went viral, prompted a response from Rep. Lauren Boebert, who took a swipe at Hunter Biden’s documented drug use. “Did Hunter ask you for any favors?” she wrote.

Since the announcement of Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, many users of the platform have sent him suggestions on which companies he should buy next.

A Twitter user wrote that Musk should “buy Fox” to get another season of the “Firefly” TV series, to which Musk responded: “Sci-fi that actually features science fiction would be awesome.”

Another Twitter user wrote: “@elonmusk should buy History Channel and talk about history”, to which Musk replied with a laughing crying emoji.

Twitter has seen huge swings in its user numbers since the takeover, with politically left-leaning accounts losing thousands of followers and right-wing users gaining them in droves.

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