Authors: Joshua Cohan
(NEW YORK) -- It’s no coincidence that 7-Eleven is celebrating its birthday on none other than July 11. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, you can grab a free 7.11 oz Slurpee from one of the participating locations.
Frozen soft drinks were discovered by accident in the 1950s when a soda fountain broke down, forcing Omar Knedlik to put the drinks in the freezer. The slushy-like drinks were a hit with customers and Knedlik later invented the first frozen soda machine.
7-Eleven agency director Bob Stanford coined the term “Slurpee” in 1967. The carbonated drinks were initially served behind the counter in stores where clerks would serve the drinks to customers.
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