If there's one thing we don't need, it's more choice in life. Take the supermarket. It's tough enough sifting through the variations of each product on the shelves, but it's a miracle if you make it home with the right one. So what does Coca-Cola do? Come out with a new flavor. As if Coke, Coke II, caffeine-free Coke, Coke Zero, Coca-Cola C2, Coca-Cola Citra, Cherry, Cherry Vanilla, Lime, Raspberry and their diet versions weren't enough, now you can sip a relaxing Green Tea Coca-Cola. It kind of makes you yearn for the return of New Coke, doesn't it?
True, if you want to pick up a six-pack of Green Tea Coke, you have to go to Japan -- at least for now -- but hey, can anywhere be too far to go to purchase something that doesn't exist in nature? If you do decide to go, be sure to pick up a can of Pepsi Shiso while you're there. That's the Japanese basil cola coming out later this month. Seriously. What's next? Tuna Sprite? Broccoli Nehi?
Back in the good old days -- which is defined as the time before the Jonas Brothers were a twinkle in their father's Stratocaster -- telephones, Coke, Oreos and cars came in one form and one form only. Henry Ford reputedly said about the Model T, "Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants so long as it is black." Now you can get a car in almost any color you can dream up, without regard for taste or how far neighborhood home values drop when it's parked out front. And Oreos? There are at least 17 types, including peanut butter, mint, fudge-covered, banana split, double creme and the affirmative-action, role-reversed white cookies with chocolate creme -- the favorite of liberals everywhere.