Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Guy Who Invented Gatorade, 1927-2007

Dr. Robert Cade, the inventor of Gatorade who was first immortalized in a Beatles song, then by Keith Jackson, has died at the age of 80. Dr. Cade was prodded to invent the great-tasting urine-colored beverage after being asked by Dwayne Douglas, a former football coach at the University of Florida, "Doctor, why don't football players wee-wee after a game?" Cade later said, "That question changed our lives"; it is believed to be the most significant question in world history that has ever contained the word "wee-wee."

The poster yclept Guapo at Baseball Primer got off the best line about this. Sez Guapo: "Relatives of the bereaved will sneak up behind the priest and dump a bucket of the deceased's ashes over his head as the final seconds of the funeral tick down."

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