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September 19, 2005

40 Years of Slurpee

blueshock.jpgThe autumnal equinox (fall) usually starts around September 23rd, however so far the weather shown no sign of slowing. To help keep cool in the autumn heat, its good to remember that this is the 40th anniversary of everybody's favorite cool down drink, the Slurpee. Slate estimates that approximately 6 billion brains have been frozen and that the Slurpee may have been the inspiration for Starbucks' Frappuccino, Dunkin' Donut's Coolatta and Kiwk-E-Mart's Squishee.

In the late '50s, a Kansas Dairy Queen owner named Omar Knedlik found his soda machine was on the fritz. He tossed some bottles of pop in the freezer and discovered people went into conniptions for the slushy texture that resulted when the soda partially froze. Wheels turned. He invented a machine to slushify water, CO2, and flavored syrup.

New Yorkers can now "...Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven" which recently opened in Manhattan on 23rd street back in July. Get them while their it's hot out.

Posted by Jeremy at September 19, 2005 10:44 AM


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