O.J. earns a spot on our list just for reminding us of our childhoods. The refreshing, tangy, wholesome drink, first mass-produced and distributed in the United States around 1915, has always reigned king over its try-hard cousins, apple, watermelon, pineapple and tomato.
In Tibet the butter version keeps cold bodies warm and lips chap-free. In India it provides a sugary boost and a break from street chaos. In Japan it's consumed in an elaborate ritual. In England it's accorded magic potion status.
Nothing seems quite so bad when you hear the words, “What you need’s a nice cup of tea.”
There’s no arguing with the world’s second-most widely consumed drink (after water).
Sure, the wheel was a great invention; so too the computer chip. But they don’t go nearly as well with pizza.
Whichever trooper first had the courage to drink steeped and fermented barley had to be a bit of a loose cannon, but thanks to him or her we now have such luminary beverages as Kronenbourg 1664, Weihenstephaner Vitus (winner of World’s Best Beer) and the unforgettable Santa’s Butt Porter, all of which are, as Homer Simpson puts it, "the cause of and solution to all life's problems!"
There’s a reason coffee, said to have been discovered in Ethiopia, is one of the world’s most traded commodities -- Monday mornings happen to all of us.
This little green bean arguably deserves more than one entry in this list, but for all the various modes of ingestion -- latte, cappuccino, mocha, American -– you only need to know one thing to start your day off well -- there’s more where it came from.
Invented by a pharmacist as a remedy to headaches in 1886, the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink is like the American dream in a can -- from nothing, 85 eight-ounce cans of Coke were consumed globally per capita in 2008 -- more than any other soda.
The drink has gone through various manifestations, including Diet, Cherry, Lemon and Zero, but it’s the original, with a brain-freezing, nasal-passage-penetrating kick that keeps ‘em coming back for more.