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Why Are Young People Mixing Coke With Fanta In Restaurants, And Can It Ever Be Acceptable?

Talk to me, youths.

So. The other day I was out for lunch with my colleague Siraj in Nando's.

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Here's a photo of us together. We don't have photos like this taken every time we go out for lunch and the reason it exists is a long story but I'm glad I have it because during this lunch I made a SHOCKING discovery.

On Siraj's side of the table was a glass of Coke. "That looks a bit watered down," I said.

"No, it's not," he replied. "I've just put some Fanta in it."

I spat my cheeky Nando's everywhere, and asked him what the fuck he was playing at.

"Everyone does it," he replied.

I went back to the office, and attempted to verify his claim. Two people on my desk said they do this and that it was a "thing". Three people said they didn't. What interested me was the fact that the two people who did it were both in their early twenties.

I remember my early twenties. I did a lot of crazy stuff. But this was beyond the pale. Had I stumbled across a new and disturbing youth trend?

There was only one place to take this.

To Twitter.

#journorequest Do you mix diet coke and fanta when in Nando's like @dats? If so get in touch and explain wtf is wrong with you

The responses confirmed my suspicions. Here, for example, is a fellow Old Person.

@aljwhite @dats i saw this happen on Saturday. some Young People were doing it. i didn't understand it and i was scared.

And here is a Young Person.

We mix our watered down fizzy drinks bc it's the only type of resistance our generation has left @aljwhite

Here, is another Young Person.

I decided to interview this Young Person.

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As you can see, she actually sits near me, but anyway, here is Rachael.

She said: "I think one of my friends did this when I was at school. I was confused, but it was delicious. Now I encourage others to join me in this practice." She confirmed she was not unique among her friends and while the "majority" don't do it, a considerable number do. Rachael also revealed she sometimes mixes Coke, Fanta, and Sprite, at which point I made my excuses and left.

Though I would later see she wasn't alone in this.

Mixing Fanta + Coke + Sprite in Subway... I can't be the only one πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Here is another Young Person.

@aljwhite This is the best thing ever! more than willing to explain.

I also took the time to speak with Mr May about his predilection.

He told me that he had first started mixing the drinks "ever since I went to Germany and drank this mix of Fanta and Cola".

That's right. It's an actual drink. In Germany.

The more I looked, the more I found Young People, merrily mixing Coke and Fanta like it was just a thing to do.

Everytime I go Subway I mix Coke and Fanta together Tremendous why have they not invited this as a canned drink ?

I usually drink Coke ... But whenever I have both Fanta & Coke I always mix them and then Drink ... Its my Old Habbit I can't change it πŸ˜‰πŸ’œ

β€œ@jdotwilson90: If you drink anything other than fanta in Nando's you're a weirdo” I mix fanta & coke so I must be extra weird πŸŒšπŸ˜‚

this employee looked so disgusted at me when i asked her to mix all the drinks for me What's wrong with fanta, sprite and coke together?

Here is an office discussion between a Young Person and a Young Person who has grown out of it.

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Meanwhile, this tweet sums up the views of My Generation.

@Ned_Donovan @aljwhite @dats Shame you can't put people in the stocks anymore.

A sensible generation. A generation that has no time for this Frankenstein's Soda Monster. A generation that comes from a better, more innocent time.

Thus concludes the investigation.

  1. Do you mix Coke and Fanta?

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Do you mix Coke and Fanta?
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    Obviously not, because one tastes of Coke and the other tastes of Fanta and putting the two together would frankly be lunacy.
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    Yes. I am young and free-spirited and I don't know any better.
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    I am a monster. I mix Coke, Fanta, and Sprite with no care for the consequences.

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