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Q: Kool Aid and Mass Suicide in Guyana ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Kool Aid and Mass Suicide in Guyana
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: jaana-ga
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Posted: 17 Jul 2003 14:13 PDT
Expires: 16 Aug 2003 14:13 PDT
Question ID: 232174
Did sales worldwide of Kool Aid go up or down after the mass suicide
in Jamestown, Guyana with Kool Aid?
Subject: Re: Kool Aid and Mass Suicide in Guyana
Answered By: techtor-ga on 18 Jul 2003 10:32 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Greetings Jaana,
While Kool-Aid was not used in the Jonestown massacre, as many say,
this news did play havoc on the sales of Kool-Aid. I have just this
one source that is anecdotal in nature, but I would assume it is true: - "The Causey Way" (mentions Kool Aid briefly, saying that
sales went down in 1978-80)

The 80's ad campaign with the Kool Aid Man mascot was Kool-Aid's
attempt to get itself back in good condition. It worked, as I assume,
having drank much Kool-Aid myself in the 80's (and I'm still alive,

Kool Aid Facts and

In case you're wondering, I could find no sales figures for Kool-Aid
during that time on the Net... perhaps it was already all over the
news then.

Another posting of the Kool-Aid FAQ (there are several postings around
the Internet) which states what Pinkfreud gave

Google search terms used:
Kool-aid sales jonestown
Kool-aid sales history
Kool-aid sales 1978

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jaana-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: Kool Aid and Mass Suicide in Guyana
From: pinkfreud-ga on 17 Jul 2003 15:07 PDT
This may be of interest:

"It is a popular misconception that 900 followers of cult leader Jim
Jones committed suicide by drinking Grape Kool-Aid laced with cyanide
at their commune in Jonestown Guyana in the late 1970's. This is not
true. The followers of Jones actually drank cyanide laced Flavor-Aid,
a cheap imitation of Kool-Aid. The Flavor-Aid flavor they consumed was
grape. Therefore, Kool-Aid played no part in this tragedy."

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