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Red Bull has been keeping students awake for all nighters for years, but most kids probably don’t spend too much time thinking about what’s in their drink or how the company practices business. Even if you don’t get wings, you’ll definitely get some fun facts from this article.
1. Despite many rumors that Red Bull contained cocaine, bull semen, and other sketchy substances, none of them have ever been verified. That doesn’t mean the drink is healthy though: it has been linked with heart problems, too much sugar, and lots of sodium.
2. A popular cocktail involves mixing Red Bull with alcohol, but it turns out that’s a horrible idea. It can make you feel more awake, but doesn’t actually keep you more sober, which can lead to bad decisions and injuries.
3. Red Bull has its own media company, Red Bull Media House, that does print, TV, digital media, and film.
4. As publicity stunts, Red Bull hosts a number of competitions ranging from a giant airplane contest to a plane making competition.
5. In addition to a media company, Red Bull has its own record label.
6. Red Bull runs its own nonprofit, Wings for Life, that was founded in 2004 and holds a huge world run to support spinal cord research.
7. One of Red Bull’s biggest stunts yet was when Felix Baumgartner jumped from space and broke the sound barrier under the Red Bull name.
8. Red Bull was the first energy drink ever and launched the market in the US in 1997.
9. For many years, there was a rumor that drinking Red Bull would make you screen positive on a drug test. While it isn’t true, there were a few batches of Red Bull Cola manufactured in Austria that had trace amounts of cocaine. As long as you avoid the ones that actually have drugs, you should be fine on your next drug test.