Ban Coke Bottles!

Coke bottle with Molotov cocktail instructions  (courtesy

TTAG reader Geoff PR writes:

This is really, really weird. I’m reading on Slate’s web page today an article about Coke selling 8 oz. cans of Coke and making a better profit per ounce over the usual 12 oz type. The pic they used for illustration is a row of three Coke bottles. The middle bottle has detailed graphical instructions for making a Molotov cocktail using that very Coke bottle. I’m not flipping kidding, here’s the URL. [Make the jump for close-up image . . .]

Coke Molotov (courtesy



  1. avatar anaxis says:

    …. and the left-hand bottle looks like it says “Yankees Go Home”.

    I’m somehow not surprised that a picture of Coke bottles from Venezuela showed up on Slate.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      It looks like Cloudbuster figured it out.

      It’s Brazillian in origin, not Coke’s.

      An ‘Artist’ pulled a bunch of Coke bottles and printed his own Leftist message on them and then returned the bottles to the Brazilian bottlers for refill and re-distribution.

      To be re-distributed over and over and over again.

      A Marxist message that keeps on giving.

      Just in time for the Rio Olympics.

    2. avatar cs says:

      These Brazilian Coke bottles have been in circulation since the 1970s

  2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Of course that Coca-Cola bottle has directions for making a Molotov cocktail — it is in Spanish on a Coca-Cola bottle sold in Mexico!

    They need some way to be able to fight back being disarmed and all. ¡Viva la Revolución!

    1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

      “When Coke bottles are banned, only criminals will have Coke bottles!”

      “Molotov Cocktails don’t kill people, people kill people!”

      Seriously, though, exactly what kind of message is Coke trying to send, and to who?

      1. avatar Ty King says:

        Or whom?

    2. avatar CarlosT says:

      As already mentioned a couple places, it’s not Coke, it’s a Brazilian artist, and from a loooong time ago as well (1970)

      The picture with the article looks to be from an actual exhibition at a gallery or museum. If you look in the background of the photo, you cal see that the bottles are in a glass case, and there are pictures on the wall behind it.

  3. avatar David R says:

    Why post this

    1. avatar BLAMMO says:

      Yeah, I mean, everybody knows 12 oz. Coke bottles are a terrible choice for Molotov cocktails. First of all, they’re too small and don’t hold enough gasoline. Secondly, they’re too thick and don’t break easily enough. If I were to throw it against the insulated vinyl siding on my neighbor’s house, it might not break at all if it bounces off and lands on his lawn. I’ll look like a damn fool.

      1. avatar DJ says:

        “Which totally never happened. I’m just speaking hypothetically!” – Blammo 😉

        1. avatar BLAMMO says:


      2. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “Secondly, they’re too thick and don’t break easily enough.”

        That was my first thought.

        They’re built strong so they don’t break while handling – refilling.

        Now a bottle from a ’40 of ‘hood beer on the other hand, a much better choice…

        When I came across that article it kinda blew my mind. I was visualizing it on a shelf in Fergeson or Baltimore.

        It was a good reminder that things are VERY different outside the USA…

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Why post this”

      Slate Magazine is produced in the US.

      Imagine the reaction if those showed up on a store shelf in Baltimore.

      Oh, wait…

      Hey, I found that article surreal. It makes me wonder if Coke has any control over their packaging outside the USA…

  4. avatar KingSarc48625 says:

    If you need instructions on how to make a molotov cocktail, then you probably shouldnt be out in public unsupervised.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “If you need instructions on how to make a molotov cocktail, then you probably shouldnt be out in public unsupervised.”

      Cut ’em some slack.

      Being outside the USA, they probably don’t have anywhere near the saturation level of the internet that the US has.

      That bottle is raw, naked leftist propaganda for ‘Revolution 101″.

      Imagine the reaction from the left if was on a US store shelf.

      1. avatar Stuki Moi says:

        Why is it only the leftists who get to have fun with Molotovs? Or revolutions, for that matter?

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Because we are the armed part of society and therefore the more polite part of society…


  5. avatar PeterW says:

    Those are just the ingredients. You didn’t think you were supposed to DRINK that stuff did you?

  6. avatar Pasifikawv says:

    It is Portuguese – not Spanish. I suspect the bottles are from Brazil.

    1. avatar Julio says:

      Indeed is Portuguese.

    2. avatar Mecha75 says:

      Yup its Portuguese:

      Pavio – Wick
      Fita Adesiva – Tape
      Gasolina – Gasoline

    3. avatar BLAMMO says:

      Oh, well that explains a lot. They’re getting ready for the Olympics. Blame it on Rio.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        “Oh, well that explains a lot. They’re getting ready for the Olympics. Blame it on Rio.”

        Holy Crap!

        I missed that angle!

        Hell, yeah. “Revolution and Riot 101 school for the masses.”

        JUST in time for the international broadcast of the Olympics.


  7. avatar Ralph says:

    When I make Molotov cocktails, I only use RC Cola bottles. Because gasoline tastes better than RC Cola.

    1. avatar Dan A says:

      I dunno, RC tastes exactly like A1 steak sauce, which I wouldn’t call bad, per se, just.. unexpected for a fizzy drink.

      1. avatar JWM says:

        If I had a fizzy drink it would be spewing from my nose right now. Damn glad chocolate covered peanuts don’t fit my sinus passages.

        1. avatar Gunr says:

          You guys all need a mouth full of beacon to nullify the bad taste.

    2. avatar bob says:

      No, no, you must have left the peanuts out of that RC Cola. RC with peanuts and a moon pie, mmm,mmmmm, that’s good eatin’!

    3. avatar DJ says:

      ROFL! Almost spit up my beer!

  8. avatar Nobody's Monkey says:

    Mexican Coke is made with cane sugar, not corn syrup. Vastly superior. Head on over to your local bodega and try it.

    1. avatar Jim Jones says:

      It is available in most grocery stores year-round nowadays.

      1. avatar Nobody's Monkey says:

        You obviously live in a more enlightened state than CT.
        Still, we got lots of bodegas with more opening every day!

        1. avatar JohnnyMac says:

          Costco sells glass-bottled Mexican-made Coca-Cola, even in CT. Around $18 for 24, or about 3X the price of the cans.

      2. avatar bob says:

        And for some reason at Home Depot, oh wait, never mind.

        1. avatar Mark says:

          They must be in a machine out front of the store. 🙂

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      The main difference is that Mexican coke is cut with Levamisole.

  9. avatar Model 31 says:

    I noticed they been putting .22LR in smaller boxes these days too. Times are tough.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Don’t let the ammo companies get in on this or before we know it, they’ll be selling us .21LR and .37Spl.

      1. avatar blahpony says:

        My boxes of .9mm still fit in my wallet.

    2. avatar Gunr says:

      Model 31,
      Look again those are 22 long!

  10. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    OK, here’s the explanation for the Molotov Cocktail instructions. It was a subversive “art” project. Definitely not produced by or endorsed by the Coca-Cola company:

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “OK, here’s the explanation for the Molotov Cocktail instructions. It was a subversive “art” project.”

      You nailed it, Cloudbuster.

      This is “Revolution 101” for Brazil

      Just in time for the Rio Olympics…

      “In the 1970s, soda bottles in Brazil were still being returned, refilled & resold. Asserting that “the container always carries with it an ideology,” artist, Cildo Meireles began “inserting” his own subversive messages into the cycle.

      For the Coca-Cola Project Meireles removed Coca-Cola bottles from normal circulation and modified them by adding critical political statements, or instructions for turning the bottle into a Molotov cocktail*, before returning them to the circuit of exchange. On the bottles, such messages as ‘Yankees Go Home’ are followed by the work’s title and the artist’s statement of purpose: ‘To register informations and critical opinions on bottles and return them to circulation’. The Coca-Cola bottle is an everyday object of mass circulation; in 1970 in Brazil it was a symbol of US imperialism and it has become, globally, a symbol of capitalist consumerism. As the bottle progressively empties of dark brown liquid, the statement printed in white letters on a transparent label adhering to its side becomes increasingly invisible, only to reappear when the bottle is refilled for recirculation.”

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “The moron’s used a Getty Image without reading the description:”

      The “moron” was Slate magazine who used that image in their publication,

      1. Indeed it was. What is the reason for your reply here?

  11. avatar JWM says:

    Powdered laundry soap. Diesel fuel. Gasoline. Frangible container. Ignition source.

    Class dismissed.

    1. avatar Benny the Jew says:

      Gasoline + Styrofoam = Bill Kilgore’s beloved morning smell (well, a cheap facsimile thereof…).

    2. avatar DJ says:

      Laundry soap doesn’t work unless it has phosphate in it, and some states have mandated phosphate free detergent.

      1. avatar JWM says:

        I readily admit that it has been decades, decades I say, since my education in these matters. Laundry soap had not been neutered at that point.

    3. avatar AD says:

      Melt enough styrofoam in the gasoline and it will gel up nicely. Wine bottles work better: bit bigger and the neck makes a convenient handle. Plus they need to be recorked so you don’t set your own ass on fire lighting and throwing. Legal disclaimer: no one should do this.

  12. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “TTAG reader JR writes:”

    I’m a little confused as to how “Geoff PR” turned into “JR” , but glad you used the tip…

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Oops. Text amended.

  13. avatar Vermin McCann says:

    “I’m reading on Slate’s web page today”

    In case you wondered where Farago picked up all his lefty bullshit.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “In case you wondered where Farago picked up all his lefty bullshit.”

      I’m the one who sent RF the url.

      I read Slate and other leftist pages as well as right-wing pages.

      It’s a “know the enemy” thing…

      1. avatar Vermin McCann says:

        Not a bad policy, as long as you don’t start buying into it.

  14. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    I like Fanta, the choice drink of Nazis everywhere for taking out Russian tanks.

  15. avatar RTinIA says:

    Do a Google search for “Cildo Meireles Coca-Cola” and it will explain all.

  16. avatar Fuque says:

    No self respecting Molotov cocktail throwing protester would be caught dead lobbing a cast iron coke bottle ..and certainly no American would…you wanna toss something that breaks?….Plastic milk jugs, Icebags from circle K.. or for those of you who east of the Mississippi, a 40 of old English or colt 45.

  17. avatar gsnyder says:

    Anyone making a Moltov doesn’t require instructions on the bottle.


    you don’t need a six pack to quench your thirst. From now on in the great empire of Andrew Cuomo, only single serving 8oz bottles are allowed. Its the NYSODA act. passed in the middle of the night, without a comment period. so sayeth the great AC

  19. avatar twency says:

    And here I thought this was going to be an article about “high capacity assault bottles”.

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