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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


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  1. …. 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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.

      • “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…

    • “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…

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

    • “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.

      • “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.


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

    • “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.”

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

      • 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.

    • 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.

  5. “TTAG reader JR writes:”

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

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

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

    • “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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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


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