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Original 1979 Document Containing the Leaked Coke Recipe

In 1979, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution published an unknown person's hand-written recipe for Coca-Cola. Discovered recently by producers of the radio program This American Life, the leaked recipe has caused quite an Internet stir. A leading Coke historian told Life's Little Mysteries that this recipe is probably authentic, but nonetheless, following it won't produce "The Real Thing." Click here for the full story.

(Image credit: Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

Close-up of the recipe:

(Image credit: Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

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Natalie Wolchover

Natalie Wolchover was a staff writer for Live Science from 2010 to 2012 and is currently a senior physics writer and editor for Quanta Magazine. She holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Tufts University and has studied physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with the staff of Quanta, Wolchover won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory writing for her work on the building of the James Webb Space Telescope. Her work has also appeared in the The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best Writing on Mathematics, Nature, The New Yorker and Popular Science. She was the 2016 winner of the  Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists, as well as the winner of the 2017 Science Communication Award for the American Institute of Physics.