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"...a market economy is essentially a genetic algorithm for solving resource allocation problems..."
- Charles Stross

Spook  
  A drink that comes unflavored in a container; twist the cap to add flavor.  

This great idea has actually been implemented by one manufacturer; see the related resources below.

Remember Spook?

Sure you do ... ninety-nine percent sugar; one of those things that tastes disgusting first off, but you can't help getting hooked if you persist with it. It was called Spook, I guess, because it was like clear liquid to start with, no flavour, with this neat gimmick in the cap. You could twist the cap six different ways to get six different flavours. Nothing special looking back, just some cheap chemicals released according to which flavour you chose, but the sort of thing that kids go mad for.

From SOLACE, by Jeff Noon.
Published by Doubleday in 1998
Additional resources -

Of course, the ultimate combination was called SOLACE:

All six flavours: strawberry, orange, lemon, apple, cola, elderberry; all mixed together. That's how he came up with the name. Solace. He said it might take him years to find the right way to twist the bottle cap, but he was determined to get there, even if he died doing it.

One of the comments from the Ipifini's Choice-Enabled Packaging article remarked on the existence of a "Round the World" button on soda fountains throughout Bermuda that allows Coke, Sprite, Ginger Beer, Grape and Orange to be dispensed in one beverage.

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Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from SOLACE
  More Ideas and Technology by Jeff Noon
  Tech news articles related to SOLACE
  Tech news articles related to works by Jeff Noon

Spook-related news articles:
  - Programmable Soda - Ipifini's Choice-Enabled Packaging
  - Kraft Programmable Food - With Nano-Capsules!

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