For centuries we have wondered, "To be or not to be?" and "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" - two disturbing, monumental mysteries that not only pertain to their subject, but question the very nature of existence. Now we can add another entry to the pantheon of big questions: “Is it?Kool-Aidman the jug or the liquid?'
The question was made known by a cartoonist namedDanny Santoro, which runs through the handle@pizzastrike. "I don't think I'm the first person who ever thought of it, and I can't remember where I got the idea from, but it's one of those things that's so general that I'm sure others do too." thought of it.” he says. Regardless of where it started, Santoro explains that the question went viral thanks to his artwork in early 2020. Soon the trend developed into a conversation betweenmillionsfrom people on the internet. Some were "Team Liquid," some were "Team Pitchers," but countless others wanted it both ways, with arguments like, "Are you your blood or your skin?" or "Are you your body or your soul?"
Even the official Kool-Aid Twitter account has finally come forward, trying to achieve both:
But to argue that the Kool-Aid Man is both the pitcher and the liquid misses the heart of the dilemma. And the chickenAndThe egg can't be the first - you have to chooseA. Ditto for the Kool-Aid man, the question is about making a choice. After all, the Kool-Aid Man is clearly made up of two separate entities: there's the pitcher, and there's the juice. There are even commercials where Kool-Aid spillsOutsideof the launcher, clearly showing that the two parts can be separated without injuring the Kool-Aid man.
Now, the fact that he can shake Kool-Aid out of his head is a big argument for Team Pitcher. Also, if it's the liquid, then it spills its blood and/or soul to those who want to drink the Kool-Aid from its mouth, which is utterly terrifying. One Twitter user summed it up:
However, Team Liquid keeps bringing it back to the fact that it's the Kool-Aid manNameHe says it's the Kool-Aid, and that's without the liquid he hasI can'tto be the Kool-Aid man.
In fact, there are many good arguments on both sides, but broadly the issues involved fall into two broad categories: the biological, where the jug is skin or an exoskeleton, and the liquid is blood. or theological, the pitcher being his body and the liquid his soul. With that in mind, it makes sense to consult an expert in each field to see what they have to say.
To gain a scientific perspective, I turn to the evolutionary biologist andForbescoefficient of scienceJV Chamary, who says, "At first it makes sense that it's liquid because it's the Kool-Aid man, so it would be a man from Kool-Aid." But considering he's a man, it will bit gross. With the notion that the pitcher is his skin and the liquid his flesh and blood, consider whether you went to an immoral traveler and wanted to fill up the Kool-Aid man. You wouldn't just point to the jug and say you'd like it full. Well, since it isnotthe pitcher, that means that then thefluidwould be the Kool-Aid Man. Sure it's a red, skinless form that's prone to infection and will die soon, but that liquid would be the Kool-Aid man."
But Chamary also makes a case for the jug advocates, adding: "When the Kool-Aid man runs, droplets come out of him. This begs the question, “What are those drops?” Because if it's the liquid, then he's losing body parts, which is concerning.” Of his two scenarios, Chamary says he's more confident in his argument against liquid and if may behe hasTo pick a side: Team Liquid. However, he says his favorite explanation is that the liquid and the glass form a symbiosis and both need each other to survive.
On the theological side of this discussion, I offer Rev. Jonathan Toborowsky, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church inAnnandale, New Jersey. He explains: “The Kool-Aid Man is both Pitcher and liquid, since we are body and soul at the same time. What we do with one affects the other.” If hehe hadHowever, given the choice, he would choose the liquid - or the soul of the Kool-Aid man.
To add another important stakeholder to the discussion, I bring in the voice actorBrock Powell, who has been voicing the Kool-Aid Man since 2016. Surprisingly, he says that the Kool-Aid Man is neither the pitcher nor the liquid. "To the Kool-Aid Man-splain,Kool-Aid is technically a powder. So it is sentientBeforewas it filled? I don't know," says Powell. "However, if I were forced to choose, I'd say it's the liquid. It's symbiotic and requires the jar to survive, but if that jar breaks it can be passed on to a new host."
So does science, religion, and the voice of the Kool-Aid manatThere are various reasons why the group is liquid, but the mere vote of stakeholders one way or another does not make it liquidfinally. That can workDeciding if pineapple is an appropriate pizza topping, but this question is bigger and really canonlyanswered by the Kool-Aid brand itself in an official capacity. It must be formulated in such a way that there is no room for manoeuvre, and that the answer is a rule and thus fixed forever.
In preparing this article, I turned to my colleagues atMELBOURNE— who, according to an internal poll, were 62 percent Team Pitchers and 38 percent Team Liquid — and with their help, we restarted the Kool-Aid conversation to reach critical massforceto respond to the Kool-Aid brand. After a full day, the Kool-Aid bill finally responded, albeit only with an “oh yes,” to someone else's philosophical musings.
Still, I persisted and tried to corner the Kool-Aid by playing the "Oh Yeah" game against them.
Unfortunately, I wasn't expecting to ignore what I thought was a pretty clever tweet, but they did and the conversation soon died down. Once again, Kool-Aid has managed to provide an official answer to this very important question.
But don't worry my friends - we weren't all about to let you down. In fact, some questions in life cannot be answered – such as:How does a Roadrunner taste?- but there is oneformal,undisputedAnswer to the glass or liquid debate, and it was given by the same people who are currently shunning the inquiry.
See, in 2013 the Kool-Aid brand seemed a little more open about the true nature of the Kool-Aid man. In a 30-second commercial titled "The Jug Life," the Kool-Aid man can be seen filling his jug with waterWaterwhilea morning shower. He then emerges from the shower a clear pitcher full of water and goes to a closet to figure out what kind of powder to throw away today. Meanwhile, the Kool-Aid man says, "I only wear my pants one leg at a time, except my pants come in 22 different flavors." I have burgundy pants, that's rightwatermelonPants – and I wear them on my head.'
The Kool-Aid Man describes the Kool-Aid as his ownHose -not his blood or his guts or his immortal soul. In a nationally televised advertisement, he states loud and clear that Kool-Aid powder is nothing more than simple pants andno matter how much you love her pants, they are still themselves when they don't have them. caseclosed- tidy, forever. The Kool-Aid Man is just a pitcher - a sentient pitcher whose morning routine is to fill himself up with water and then dump some Kool-Aid powder on his head so he can then smash through walls and deliversugary goodnessto the kids in the neighborhood. It's a jug and nothing more.
"But, beNameHe's the "Kool-Aid man," so how can he still be the Kool-Aid man before adding the Kool-Aid? I'm back to Shakespeare again. To put it another way, "A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet." I say that no matter what he puts in his mug (or what pants he's wearing that day), the Kool-Aid man he still is the Kool-Aid man and always will be.
"Oh yes," says the bard.
Brian VanHooker is a staff writer at MEL, specializing in pop culture, food (especially pizza), and long-form oral history. He co-created the comic strip "Barnum & Elwood" and "The Tramp," a pilot comedy starring John O'Hurley. He also hosts a TMNT interview podcast called "Turtle Tracks" and was once called "Good Guy" by Mr. T.
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Is Kool-Aid Man the pitcher or the liquid? Now we know? ›
He's actually the liquid. Throughout the years, he's changed his pitcher very often but has always retained the same personality. Though much like other fictional characters, his vocabulary changes with the times (such as saying words like “cool" or “awesome" when originally he didn't.Is the Kool-Aid Man the liquid or the pitcher? ›
Who is the Kool-Aid Man? Kool-Aid Man is a anthropomorphic pitcher of bright red Kool-Aid who serves as the mascot for the powdered drink-mix brand. The character is known for his audacious entrances and catchphrase “Oh, yeah!”What is the Kool-Aid Man's saying? ›
This wall-smashing mascot of everyone's favorite sugary beverage became a celebrity in his own right, starring in cartoons, video games and even pieces of art. He was always at the ready with a jug of Kool-Aid and his radical catchphrase “Oh yeah!” Well, get ready to shed a tear for innocence lost.What is the Kool-Aid theory? ›
"Drinking the Kool-Aid" is an expression used to refer to a person who believes in a possibly doomed or dangerous idea because of perceived potential high rewards. The phrase typically carries a negative connotation.What would the Kool-Aid Man yell out when bursting through a wall? ›
Smashing through walls and yelling "Oh, Yeah!" apparently aren't cool enough for Kool-Aid Man anymore.How much Kool-Aid is in a pitcher? ›
In a LARGE juice pitcher (1 gallon/4 litres), stir together the 3 packages of koolaid and the sugar. Add about 1/3 of the water and stir well, making sure Kool-Aid and sugar dissolves.What was the name of the Kool-Aid pitcher? ›
Art director Marvin Potts created an early version of Kool-Aid's mascot, a smiling, singing pitcher originally called Pitcher Man, inspired by observing his son draw smiling faces on frosted windows. Early on, he was relegated to a supporting role, ceding the limelight to kids and moms, singing, or sometimes dancing.What does it mean to swallow the Kool-Aid? ›
“Drink the Kool-Aid” has long been a part of the vernacular, used in both a positive and negative sense when we talk about following a mission or philosophy; that is, “buying the program” or “swallowing the party line.” But its origin lies in the 1978 tragedy at Jonestown, where over 900 members of Peoples Temple took ...When did Kool-Aid Man start saying oh yeah? ›
“Oh Yeah!”: Kool-Aid Man Television Commercials, 1978.What does never drank the Kool-Aid mean? ›
Save this answer. Show activity on this post. "Drinking the Kool-Aid" refers to the mass suicide of the "People's Temple" cult at Jonestown, Guyana in 1979. Hundreds of members of the cult are incorrectly believed to have killed themselves by drinking fruit-flavored punch laced with cyanide.
What was the purple Kool-Aid in Jonestown? ›
It Wasn't Kool-Aid That Poisoned the Temple Members
But it wasn't actual Kool-Aid that was used in the suicides but rather a similar brand called Flavor-Aid. The reference to “Kool-Aid” could be traced to the early reporting in the days after the tragedy, such as this article in The Washington Post.
The phrase "drinking the Kool-Aid" refers to the 1978 Jonestown massacre, in which more than 900 people committed mass suicide by drinking a flavored drink mixed with Valium, chloral hydrate, cyanide, and Phenergan.What kind of Kool-Aid was used at Jonestown? ›
In fact, the group didn't drink Kool-Aid; instead, they drank a British version of the popular sugary American drink. The events were sparked by the assassination of California Congressman Leo Ryan, who was there to investigate complaints after the group moved from San Francisco.Does the Kool-Aid Man have a name? ›
As seen in the above video, the real Kool-Aid Man, Frank Simms, sounds as great as ever. With that kind of vocal talent, no wonder David Bowie and Madonna sought him out.Does the Kool-Aid Man say oh yeah? ›
He is typically featured answering the call of children by smashing through walls or furnishings and then holding a pitcher filled with Kool-Aid while saying his catchphrase, "Oh yeah!" He had a comic series produced by Marvel where he fought evil villains called "Thirsties" and even fought a man engulfed in fire named ...How heavy is Kool-Aid Man? ›
Assuming Kool-Aid Man is scaled to 6-feet-tall, which seems fair based on past commercial appearances, and given a glass thickness of 3.6 inches, Roper estimated the mascot would weigh 5,800 pounds. Filled with liquid, this would balloon to 11,000 pounds.How much sugar should you put in a pitcher of Kool-Aid? ›
Instructions. Empty contents into large plastic or glass pitcher. Add 1 cup sugar or 1 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated (more or less to taste). Add cold water and ice to make 2 quarts; stir to dissolve.What is the best Kool-Aid flavors? ›
1. Tropical Punch. Perhaps one of the best-known Kool Aid flavors, this bright-red beverage is beloved by many! The mix of fruits ranging from cherries to grapes to citruses like orange, lemon, and lime give it a surprising depth.Why is Kool-Aid so cheap? ›
Kool-Aid was a household luxury during the Great Depression
To help families in a time of extreme financial instability, Perkins lowered the price from 10 cents a package to just five cents, and it stayed that way for years. A marketing campaign cleverly billed the drink as the "budget beverage."
Kool-Aid Twists Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix, 0.22-Ounce Packets (Pack of 96)
When did Kool-Aid change its name? ›
By 1927, Perkins had developed a method of removing the liquid from Fruit Smack so the remaining powder could be packaged in envelopes (which he designed and printed himself) with a new name, Kool-Ade (later Kool-Aid).What does blue Kool-Aid taste like? ›
Kool-Aid Unsweetened Blue Raspberry Lemonade Artificially Flavored Powdered Drink Mix, 0.22 oz.What defines a swallow in the Bible? ›
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Swallow
Heb. deror, i.e., "the bird of freedom" ( Psalms 84:3 ; Proverbs 26:2 ), properly rendered swallow, distinguished for its swiftness of flight, its love of freedom, and the impossibility of retaining it in captivity.
phrase. DEFINITIONS1. to not show your feelings and to not allow them to affect the way that you behave.What flavor is Kool-Aid Woman? ›
Not orange. No, it was not. It was cherry.How do you summon the Kool-Aid Man? ›
Kids were able to use the related phrase "Hey, Kool-Aid!" to summon him when they were thirsty.How old is Kool-Aid? ›
Kool-Aid, the powdered drink mix known to generations of children, was invented by Edwin E. Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1927.What was the name of the man who made everyone drink the Kool-Aid? ›
|The Reverend Jim Jones|
|Born||James Warren JonesMay 13, 1931 Crete, Indiana, U.S.|
|Died||November 18, 1978 (aged 47) Jonestown, Guyana|
The Kool-Aid name is a friendly, harmless moniker that reflects the lighthearted deliciousness of the drink itself.Is drink the kool-aid an idiom? ›
This idiom is almost always pejorative and critical. It is often uttered with portent. Not often is it meant in a positive way. When someone says 'don't drink the Kool-Aid,' they mean that you should not be taken in by an idea, a fashion, or a person, to the extent that you dedicate your very existence to it.
What flavor did Jonestown drink? ›
Large barrels filled with the grape variety, laced with the cyanide and a variety of tranquillizer drugs, were found half-consumed amidst the hundreds of bodies.
"Drinking the Kool-Aid" is an expression used to refer to a person who believes in a possibly doomed or dangerous idea because of perceived potential high rewards.Is there purple Kool-Aid? ›
Quench your thirst with the refreshing taste of Kool Aid Unsweetened Grape Artificially Flavored Powdered Drink Mix. Unsweetened powdered drink mix makes it easy to prepare a tasty purple grape drink.What is the Kool Aid controversy? ›
The phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” refers to followership at its worse. It was coined after a delusional, pseudo-guru named Jim Jones led his cult, the Peoples Temple, to mass suicide. Over 900 people, including 304 children, killed themselves by drinking from a vat of grape-flavored drink laced with cyanide.What drugs were found at Jonestown? ›
On that grim day, 918 people—more than 300 of them children—died after being pressured or forced to drink a flavored, Kool-Aid-like beverage called Flavor Aid blended with cyanide, and the sedatives Valium, chloral hydrate and Phenergan.What religion was Jim Jones? ›
A Church of His Own
In Indianapolis, he served as a student pastor in the Methodist Church in 1952 but chose to found his own church, Peoples Temple, in 1956. The Temple joined the Disciples of Christ in 1960 and Jones was ordained in 1964.
One was a U.S. Congressman, three were journalists and 914 were residents of the Peoples Temple agricultural mission known as Jonestown. About 80 members of Peoples Temple who were living in Guyana survived that day. Hundreds of members living in San Francisco and Los Angeles did too.Is Jonestown still there? ›
Jonestown was located in Guyana in South America. Today, its location is considered to be close to the small town of Port Kaituma, on the border of Venezuela. Keep reading to see photos of the abandoned, swampy village, which is now an overgrown jungle with just a few rusted buildings and vehicle remains.What is Jonestown used for now? ›
Jonestown was a remote village in Guyana in South America. In November 1978, Jonestown was the site where 909 members of a cult, the Peoples Temple, died from cyanide poisoning at the direction of leader Jim Jones. Today, the abandoned village is an overgrown jungle.Is Kool-Aid Man canon in Marvel? ›
Kool-Aid Man Is An Official Marvel Character.
What is Kool-Aid Man weakness? ›
Weaknesses: His short limbs make him very clumsy. His hot-headed character makes him bump through surrounding things easily.Can u get Kool-Aid in the UK? ›
KOOL-AID U/SWT SOFT DRINK MIX GRAPE FLAV 3.9G - Tesco Groceries.What is the Kool-Aid Man Tik Tok challenge? ›
The challenge involves individuals running through walls and fences saying, "Oh yeah" like the popular Kool-Aid commercials, which featured the brand's mascot bursting through walls and ceilings with his catchphrase: "Oh yeah."Does the Kool-Aid Man wear clothes? ›
"I put my pants on one leg at a time, except my pants are 22 different flavors," he says. "And I wear them in my head." The new Kool-Aid Liquid Drink Mix. Some things remain the same — he still bursts through a wall in the commercial, as kids look on, determining its "pretty sweet."Is Kool-Aid Man the jar or the liquid? ›
He is the jar but the liquid is the essence. OH YEAH! The answer we all wanted is what I was lookin' for.Is the Kool-Aid Man red? ›
Kool-Aid Man is a anthropomorphic pitcher of bright red Kool-Aid who serves as the mascot for the powdered drink-mix brand. The character is known for his audacious entrances and catchphrase “Oh, yeah!”How much liquid is in the Kool-Aid Man? ›
With 128 ounces in a gallon, that means Kool-Aid Man contains 583,296 calories.How do you make Kool-Aid in a pitcher? ›
Step 1: Empty Kool-Aid sachet into 2 litre plastic or glass jug/pitcher. Step 2: Add 200g of sugar or sweetener of your choice. Step 3: Now fill it up with 1.9 litres of cold water - optionally add some ice too. Step 4: Enjoy!Is the Kool-Aid Man glass? ›
In the video, it's estimated that Kool-Aid Man is 6 feet tall with glass 3.6 inches thick (183 cm and 9.1 cm respectively). Without liquid he'd weigh 5,800 lbs (2,631 kg).How many cups of water are in a pitcher of Kool-Aid? ›
To make Kool-Aid, start by pouring 3 packages of Kool-Aid into a large pitcher. Then, add 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Next, pour 1 gallon, or 16 cups, of water into the pitcher, and stir everything together for a few minutes so the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
How many ounces is a Kool-Aid pitcher? ›
SPACIOUS SIZE: Each pint glass holds approximately 16 fluid ounces of your favorite beverage. Glass pitcher holds 64 ounces.What is Kool-Aid liquid made of? ›
WATER, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM CITRATE, GUM ARABIC, SUCRALOSE (SWEETENER), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (SWEETENER), SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, RED 40, BLUE 1, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE).Can you use tap water for Kool-Aid? ›
Yes. Boil all of the tap water you use for making coffee, tea, mixed drinks, Kool-Aid or any beverage made with water. In addition, all tap water used for making ice for consumption must be boiled.How much Kool-Aid mix for a gallon pitcher? ›
Generally, 1 gallon of water will require 4 to 5 packets of Kool-Aid. Simply empty each packet of Kool-Aid mix into the gallon of water, stir until dissolved, and enjoy.How much Kool-Aid for 1 gallon? ›
The enclosed scoop holds 3 tablespoons. Kool-Aid Drink Mix: 2 scoops (1/2 cup); Add Cold Water and Ice to Make: 1 Quart; . Kool-Aid Drink Mix:4 scoops (3/4 cup); Add Cold Water and Ice to Make: 2 Quarts; Kool-Aid Drink Mix: 8 scoops (1- 1/2 cups); Add Cold Water and Ice to Make: 1 gallon; .Are they changing the Kool-Aid Man? ›
The new Kool-Aid man looks more modern and is CGI-generated — the last iteration of the Kool Aid man wore shorts and an open button-down shirt. This Kool-Aid man is a frosty pitcher whose face is drawn in condensation. He's clear until he adds his color flavor each day.Is Kool-Aid Man stronger than Hulk? ›
Rather y'all want to believe it or not @koolaid is in the marvel universe and yes he is stronger than the hulk.How many fluid ounces is a pitcher? ›
It holds 60 ounces, which can fill three pint glasses, five 12-ounce glasses or six 10-ounce glasses.How many Oz can a pitcher hold? ›
Serve up the perfect amount of beer for your party or gathering with a pitcher. Usually holding 60 fluid ounces or 1.77 liters, it can be filled with five 12-ounce glasses.