CrunchGear in-joke #343, “Matt, your Red Bull is in the freezer,” has become “Matt, your Red Bull has cocaine in it.” According to “a sample analysis conducted in North-Rhine Westphalia,” Red Bull Cola contains trace amounts of a cocaine derivative and, on the strength of that research, it’s been banned in several regions of Germany. Interestingly, it’s not being banned because they think cocaine is bad, but because you need a different license to sell narcotics. Those Germans have a process for everything!
In reality, the trace amounts are so small, and the substance so distant from the actual drug, that this whole thing is more myth than menace. I suspect I’ll be hearing about this again in about a year from a drunk person who thinks that Red Bull is going to make them blow their drug test.