# Coca-Cola Co. can’t do math

I decided to have a Coke today and in order to scare myself into not drinking them anymore, I looked at the nutrition facts label.

 Nutrition Facts Standard Serving This Package Serving Size 8 fl oz 20 fl oz Servings per container 2.5 1 Calories 100 240

Is this just another example of how Americans are falling behind in math? Or do calories not scale linearly with volume?

Actually, there is an explanation — apparently 8 fl oz = 240 ml, but 20 fl oz = 591 ml! So really the problem is that the metric system of measurement is nonlinear. That’s because it was invented by Europeans, who are trying to cheat us, clearly. That, or Americans are falling behind in math.

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## 4 thoughts on “Coca-Cola Co. can’t do math”

1. brandy says:

They’re probably allowed to round on various things that eventually add up – although, that’s an awful big difference. It was definitely a 24 oz and not a 20 oz?

2. Oops — yes, 20 oz. But it’s still weird — 10 calories have mysteriously gone missing. Maybe the rule is they can round to the nearest whole number? In that case, why not measure everything in gallons? 1 bottle = 0 gallons.

I wonder if the 20 ounce bottle was ever 20 ounces…

3. We’re not allowed to drink Coke here in Michigan…

4. Extremely nice post. You have touched on a lot of great points. Thank you for taking the time to put that together. Putting this blog in my RSS !

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