Coke Bottles List Every Name from "Mambo No. 5" in Fake, Bad Photo

Yesterday, a picture popped up on Reddit showing a row of Coca-Cola bottles bearing the names of the women (in order) from Lou Bega's 1999 hit "Mambo No. 5." Being longtime fans of the listicle pioneer, Buzzfeed breathlessly wrote up the story, followed soon after by Huffington Post, Metro and Elite Daily.

Unfortunately for Buzzfeed's faith-based fact-checking system, Twitter user @Bro_Pair and former Gawker-er Alex Pareene pointed out today that the photo is both fake and bad.

Using Coca-Cola's online Find Your Name in Stores tool, it's easy to prove the company's U.S. "Share a Coke" campaign doesn't include the names "Rita," "Tina," "Sandra" or "Jessica."* That means the above photo isn't just a crude photoshop job, but an actual impossibility.

Web journalists truly desperate to make the corporate crossover a reality are advised to sing Coke®-approved names over "Mambo No. 5," although "a little bit of George in my life" admittedly doesn't have the same ring to it.

*UPDATE: The original photo appears to have been taken at Coles, an Australian supermarket chain. When that country ran their "Share a Coke" campaign in 2011, "Monica," "Erica," "Rita," "Tina," "Sandra," "Mary" and "Jessica" were not among the 200 featured names.

[ Photo via Reddit | h/t @Bro_Pair]


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