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  • No matter where in the world you live, you've probably heard of the iconic Slurpee, a time-honored beverage beloved by millions.

  • Ready to have your brain frozen, and then have your mind blown?

  • Get ready to learn the untold truth of 7-Eleven's famous Slurpee.

  • The Slurpee's story begins in an unlikely place: a Kansas Dairy Queen with a finicky soda fountain.

  • It was the late 1950s, and the Dairy Queen's owner, Omar Knedlik, took to storing bottles of soda in the freezer when his soda fountain malfunctioned.

  • Whenever he accidentally left the bottles in the freezer a bit too long, sodas would emerge from the freezer partially frozen.

  • To Knedlik's surprise, customers were wild about the slushy soda pops and began requesting them specially.

  • Inspired, Knedlik cobbled together a machine from a car A/C unit that would churn out semi-frozen, carbonated beverages.

  • Then, Knedlik partnered with an engineering firm in Dallas to perfect the design, and began selling the newly christened ICEE machine to diners, restaurants, gas stations, and convenience stores.

  • In 1965, 7-Eleven licensed the ICEE machine from Knedlik and rebranded the drink as the "Slurpee."

  • 7-Eleven ad agency director Bob Stanford was credited with coming up with the name "Slurpee" based on the noise the drink makes as it's sucked through a straw.

  • When the Slurpee first hit 7-Eleven stores, it was available in two flavors: Coca-Cola and cherry.

  • By the time the 1970s rolled around, the Slurpee had expanded to 27 different flavors.

  • Some of their names were: For Adults Only, Red Eye, Scooby Doo, Green & Wet, and, uh...Bull Corn?

  • Since the Slurpee's inception, 7-Eleven has ditched some of its more adult-sounding names, but introduced hundreds of flavors.

  • In the U.S., some of the most popular flavors are Fanta Wild Cherry, Coca-Cola Classic, Fanta Banana, Barq's Root Beer, and Mountain Dew.

  • Slurpees are, and always were, a cool kid's drink.

  • From the beginning, Slurpee marketers targeted kids, teens, and young adults with psychedelic cup designs and groovy jingles.

  • The grooviest of all these melodies was arguably "Dance the Slurp," a full-length jingle written by Tom Merriman, one of America's most influential jingle composers.

  • It's a lively, two-minute tune that consists of funky brass music and slurping sounds, punctuated with people occasionally exclaiming, "slurp, slurp!"

  • The song was released on vinyl 45 in the 1960s and handed out for free at 7-Eleven stores.

  • Years later, "Dance the Slurp" was remixed by Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow in their 1999 album Brainfreeze.

  • Today, copies of the original "Dance the Slurp 45s " can fetch a few bucks on eBay.

  • Remember that dark time in human history when you had spoons and you had straws, but nothing in between to down a milkshake with?

  • The Slurpee solved this culinary quandary with the introduction of its signature spoon straw.

  • The pioneering utensil was developed by Arthur A. Aykanian, an industrial engineer who trained as a mechanical engineer at MIT.

  • Since the release of the spoon straw, 7-Eleven has introduced additional, limited edition Slurpee straws, including collectible tongue straws and Deadpool-themed straws.

  • Kosher is a certain type of food preparation that complies with strict Jewish laws.

  • Kosher rules can be pretty complex, restricting the way certain foods can be harvested, processed, and prepared, and forbidding certain products and ingredients all together.

  • Considering the intricacy of kosher law, you might not have imagined that many Slurpee flavors would meet the strict Kosher Certification guidelines, but they do.

  • Particularly, Slurpees from kosher-certified brands like Canada Dry, Dr. Pepper, Hawaiian Punch, Squirt, and Sunkist.

  • Flavors such as Coca-Cola Classic and watermelon Sour Patch are kosher, but so are plenty of funkier picks like sugar-free lite pineapple coconut, lime, Eureka California, and Sprite 6 by LeBron James.

  • You may be familiar with 7-Eleven Day, otherwise known as "National Slurpee Day", which falls on July 11th.

  • On this magical day, 7-Elevens across the U.S. hand out free small Slurpees from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m..

  • But the fun doesn't stop on July 11th.

  • The chain celebrates the entire week of 7-Eleven Day with promos on drinks, candy, and treats.

  • A lesser known, equally awesome Slurpee holiday is Bring Your Own Cup Day.

  • On this day, customers can fill up their own, any-size cup with Slurpee nectar for a buck-fifty.

  • In the past, people have gone a little wild on BYO Cup day, emerging from 7-Elevens lugging everything from water jugs to kiddie pools filled with Slurpees.

  • Since then, 7-Eleven has introduced some restrictions.

  • You can fill any cup of your choice for just a buck-fifty, as long as that cup is safe, clean, water-tight, and can fit through a 10-inch diameter hole.

  • Still, on BYO Cup Day, you'll see creative Slurpee fans loading up with everything from hollowed-out pineapples to Halloween pails.

No matter where in the world you live, you've probably heard of the iconic Slurpee, a time-honored beverage beloved by millions.

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