Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-19 National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

Click here to download greeting card.
November 19 is National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day.  In 1767, Joseph Priestly hung a bowl of distilled water over a beer vat in Leeds, England and discovered a way to infuse water with carbon dioxide, thereby inventing carbonated water and adding to the further deterioration of English teeth. The stimulating effects of caffeine had already been discovered in coffee and tea, so it was only a matter of time before someone put the two substances together, added some South American nuts and creosote and invented the Classic Coke. Priestly’s invention of carbonated water and it's amalgamation with caffeine led to the modern sugar soaked soft drink, sleep disruption, the jitters and a surprising calming effect on kids with ADD.

Some ninety percent of adults in North America consume caffeine on a daily basis. Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant and is used to help people who stay up too late the night before keep from falling asleep on their computer keyboards and being fired by their less than understanding bosses. Caffeine disrupts some people's sleep so much so that they have to avoid cola drinks and such in the evenings. Others who tend toward hyperactivity find a dose of caffeine at bedtime only helps them fall asleep faster. 

So, if caffeinated soft drinks are, in fact, medicinal for you, celebrate. If, on the other hand, you are addicted to the stuff and drink colas by the case, perhaps you should celebrate by abstaining today.

Like that's going to happen.

I suggest you celebrate the day, by buying your Sweetie a Coke™ and giving her this lovely downloadable National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the cola drinker.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

© by Tom King

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