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Lithium Was Once Part Of The 7-Up Recipe

Many people know that Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine (hence the name of the drink), but perhaps the original recipe for 7-Up is less well-known. The drink was created in 1929 two weeks before the Great Depression, and was originally called "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda." As the name implied, 7-Up originally contained the mood-stabilizing drug lithium citrate. The lithium citrate stayed in the recipe all the way until 1950. No one is super where the name 7-Up came from, but the creator jokingly once said the drink was meant to cure the seven types of hangovers experienced by humans.

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  1. The soft drink 7 Up debuted two weeks before the stock market crash of 1929. 00:12

  2. 7 Up was originally called “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda," and contained lithium. 00:26

  3. The creator of 7 Up once joked that he named it 7 Up because the drink cured the seven types of hangovers. 01:40

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