More often than not, the names of your favorite brands like Nintendo and Nike have interesting stories behind them.
Nike, for one, is named after the ancient Greek goddess of victory. Nintendo, meanwhile, is translated to a statement that reads, “Leave luck to heaven.”
Interesting, right? Another favorite brand that has a mind-blowing backstory, albeit weird, is Pepsi. Yes, one of your favorite sodas.
Founder wanted to hail Pepsi as a health drink
Pepsi-Cola was founded in 1893 by inventor and pharmacist Caleb Davis Bradham. It was originally sold as “Brad’s Drink” – following his surname – from his shop, but he believed that name did not do the product justice.
This is since he wanted to hail Pepsi-Cola as a health drink with, of course, “health benefits.”
The name “Pepsi” does not ring a bell when considering it as a drink for health. But the founder insisted.
Pepsi is apparently named after dyspepsia, which is another word for “indigestion.”
For Bradham, it was named such to promote it as a drink that can help tackle indigestion and help people feel better.
What netizens think
Several people took to social media to share what they think. One wrote, “I was today years old when I learned that,” while another said they have never known there’s a story behind Pepsi’s name, commenting, “I had no idea!”
Were you shocked as well?
PepsiCo, meanwhile, does its best to adhere to that backstory. Today, the brand’s classic drinks already have 57 percent less sugar in them.
“We have worked hard to make sure our new classic Pepsi maintains the great taste that people expect while removing sugar and calories,” Pepsi said on its website.