While the satisfactory pop of a Snapple twist-off lid is certainly satisfying, and the first sip of refreshing, tangy tea is definitely delicious, we all know that the “huh!” moment you experience when reading a new "Real Fact" is the best part of opening a fresh bottle of the tasty brew. Usually, you can be rewarded for your efforts with a fun, thoroughly accurate little fact: “Animals that lay eggs don’t have belly buttons,” for instance. Sure, it makes sense, but now you’re forced to imagine the platypus, running around without a navel.
It’s easy to fact-check most of Snapple’s assertions, and they’re generally quite accurate. For instance:
#293: Vermont is the only New England state without a seacoast.
A quick look at a map of the U.S. will confirm this Snapple fact’s truthfulness, although you may not have previously considered how lonely shoreless Vermont must have been before.
#11: Flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp.
A glance at the fluffy, snow-white feathers of baby flamingos can corroborate that the famously pink-hued birds gain their color from their diet (but it’s also verified here by National Geographic).
#798: The state of Florida is bigger than England.
America’s most consistently dubious state takes up an entire 65,755 square miles — compared with England’s mere 50,346. Sad but true, Snapple.
With more than 900 lid-sized facts on their roster, it’s unsurprising that a few "Real Facts" might not be completely, 100 percent accurate. Some are just oversimplifications of more complicated issues, others are common misperceptions, and some are just flat-out wrong.[slideshow:
To learn which were right and which erroneous, we combed through scientific papers, checked in with experts at Harvard and Columbia Universities, researched the home of a president of the United States, and, um, watched an episode or two of Mythbusters. For science! And the pursuit of veracity.
Take a look at our slideshow to find out which Snapple "Real Facts" contain more fiction than factoid.
Jess Novak is the Drink Editor of The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesstothenovak