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Sperm in Gatorade
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CHICAGO, UTAH -- My daughter purchased a bottle of Gatorade at the Chevron (Kimball Junction) in Park City, Utah on 1/2/2012. My daughter's boyfriend drank the Gatorade and noticed something incredibly slimy and it looks like someone put sperm in the bottle of Gatorade at the factory. The lid was sealed when the bottle was purchased.

I am very concerned that this could potentially be HIV active. My daughter contacted the hospital and they said that there was a potential for being infected.

I would very much appreciate the company coming to my house and having this bottle tested so that we can validate that everything is OK.
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Anonymous on 01/03/2012:
So, everything that looks slimy is sperm?
momsey on 01/03/2012:
Did you or the others call the police? If I were you, I'd have it tested myself rather than waiting for the company to take the evidence away.
*Brenda* on 01/03/2012:
I hate when this happens.
Venice09 on 01/03/2012:
This is interesting. Sperm would be the last thing I'd think of. I wouldn't wait either, momsey. Maybe the hospital could do a quick test to at least determine that it isn't sperm?
Churro on 01/03/2012:

The link shows many people with the same complaint. On the plus side I'd say that probably means its not semen but still I'd want to know what it is. If you find out let us know.
Anonymous on 01/03/2012:
The slimy substance is probably just an ingredient used to make the Gatorade. Something wasn't mixed right and it got past quality control. I doubt it's sperm.
Ben There on 01/03/2012:
Sperm tends to break down in liquids, so it would be very rare for it to stay in its "fresh out the body" state. Also, HIV can't live for more than a few minutes outside the body.

Chances are, something didn't mix properly at the factory but it is probably very harmless.
Anonymous on 01/03/2012:
BA Ben!
Anonymous on 01/03/2012:
What Ben said. And, sperm being inside a sealed drink would be the last conclusion I would jump to. Google is our friend. :)
At Your Service on 01/03/2012:
If you're that concerned, testing it yourself is an option.
Anonymous on 01/04/2012:
How does one test it themselves? Just curious, in case I ever buy a bottle of Gatorade with what appears to be sperm floating around in it.
Cwazychicken on 01/04/2012:
How can you be so sure it was sperm? Seriously, theres a lot of things that are slimy (gelatin jello (which are made from fruit substances, and I know Gatorade has a lot of fruit flavors), snot but I highly doubt they would do that)
MRM on 01/04/2012:
That's so cwazy!
MRM on 01/04/2012:
Somebody was making sweet love in an empty hopper and forgot to clean the hopper!
madconsumer on 01/04/2012:
as said, hiv does not and cannot live outside the body very long. the drinks pH would alter it severely. also, IF the hiv virus enters through the mouth, with no open wounds in the mouth, there is an extremely rare chance anyone can get hiv via ingestion. stomach acids kill the virus very efficiently.
Starlord on 01/05/2012:
This is another reminder of a CSI episode, where one of the CSI's makes an assumption about a body not supported by any facts. MAc Taylor tells him if he hears hoofbeats in Central Park, not to assume it is a zebra. As stated, semen breaks down very quickly, even in water, and the chemical composition of Gatorade would have made any semen indistinguishable from the Gatorade within minutes of being inserted in the bottle.
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Can't Get The Top Off!
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Sick with pneumonia, need lots of electrolytes in my system. Yesterday, my husband had to open the bottle for me. It's now 5am and I am using a serrated kitchen knife to try to open the bottle. After vigorous sawing for 20 minutes, still can't get the bottle open. I don't need this hassle. Apparently Gatorade has known about this problem and is ignoring it!

Very disappointed.
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Sparticus on 03/22/2011:
I can't believe they still have not fixed this problem! I experienced the same issue years ago. They apparently don't believe it is a real problem.
clutzycook on 03/22/2011:
Try using one of those grippy jar openers. That usually does the trick for me. Feel better soon!
Nohandle on 03/22/2011:
I don't purchase Gatorade but by golly I've experienced the same problem with some 2 liter soft drinks. Not always but enough to be aggravating. I've also used a serrated knife, one of those rubber gizmos and even pulled a pair of pliers out just to get the top off. In addition, Cascade dish washing liquid on occasion and some jars. For those who have never had it happen, your day is coming.

I've even used an old fashioned bottle opener to get the pressure seal broken on some of the jars so I could get the lid off. I don't recall this happening prior to the past couple of years. It must be something in the production process but again, it is aggravating.
trmn8r on 03/22/2011:
This may sound odd, but a surefire way to get a stubborn Gatorade cap off is a pair of channel-lock pliers. There are various cap removal aids made for the purpose.

It shouldn't be necessary to use an aid, but since a stubborn cap can pop up at any time, it's nice to have one on hand.
Dave on 11/03/2013:
pop the bottom piece of the cap the lil ring off with a knife then use a lighter to slowly burn the edge of the cap.. I made a little gap by burning it and the cap came right off
Chris on 05/02/2014:
I'm usually the jar guy in my family. I usually can open even the tightest jars. Having worked out for years it's not usually hard for me. I've always thought those Gatorade bottles were tighter than they should be. But today I had one so tight I had to go buy a pair of channel locks (couldn't find my old ones). This is absolutely crazy. The funny thing is I've been in bottling facilities and I can tell you it's just an adjustment on the machine that caps the drinks. Turn it down! Seriously, easiest fix ever!
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Lids Too Tight
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TUCSON, ARIZONA -- How embarrassing and ironic is it when you can't open a Gatorade bottle. I almost need to keep a plumber's wrench next to the drawer by the fridge to open my 20oz G2's. No wonder out of shape people drink so much soda...They can't open the Gatorade bottles. If Gatorade doesn't fix this soon then I'm going to have to go back to the calories of soda before I get a hernia opening these dang bottle.....

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Anonymous on 05/11/2009:
"No wonder out of shape people drink so much soda...They can't open the Gatorade bottles"....

I'm laughing so damn hard right now, I can't even comment.
Too funny!
madconsumer on 05/11/2009:
so far you are the only person with this issue.

sue em.
jktshff1 on 05/11/2009:
That's great, unfortunately I know just what the op is talking about, those twist off caps on bottles are a pain.
Sparticus on 05/11/2009:
I agree. Last year we had a thread about this:

I've sprained my wrist more than once trying to get the damn top off a Gatorade bottle.

It is quite ridiculous. It is definitely not every bottle, but once in a while you get one that is stuck.
Anonymous on 05/11/2009:
My wife can't open these,are you a woman?
Principissa on 05/11/2009:
We have the same problem with these bottles. I can't get these tops off to save my life.

Hubby drinks G's when he's at work and he's called me up and said that he couldn't get the top off, even accused me of krazy gluing them on as a prank.
Anonymous on 05/11/2009:
These caps are a PITA!! I usually wrap a thick rubberband around the top of it. It allows for a better grip and also a buffer from the ridges in the cap. Those things actually hurt my fingers.
Anonymous on 05/11/2009:
Oh... OK.... I thought you were talking about something else there John. Sorry.
Frenchie on 05/11/2009:
Let me give a solution as to how to solve this problem of these plastic caps not coming off easily.

After you try to twist off and they won't budge. Notice the seam (separation) between the cap itself and the ring that will stay on the bottle when you twist off the cap.

There are several connections around the cap and ring. Just take a sharp knife or blade and slit that connection and the cap will twist off. Some times you only have to break two or three and the cap will twist. Don't cut yourself.

Some times a table knife will do, if you somewhat force it into that ring and twist to snap the connection.
old fart on 05/11/2009:
Run the cap under hot water for 15 seconds... the cap will twist off easily....
Anonymous on 05/11/2009:
Anonymous on 05/11/2009:
frenchie and old fart are both offering excellent suggestions for opening a 'twist' off cap. lol.
So, as long as you purchase a Gatorade with hot water or a knife readily available, there should be no problems? Thanks!
DebtorBasher on 05/11/2009:
Shadow/'s POP! Not Soda! POP...P-O-P...POP!
DebtorBasher on 05/11/2009:
I have a thought in my head, John...but I'll just leave it there...LOL! See, I'm learnin' GOOD habits from you!
Anonymous on 06/16/2009:
Oh my goodness. You can't open the Gatorade so it's their fault you gorge yourself on soda? Try drinking water honey. It comes free out the faucet.
DebtorBasher on 06/16/2009:'s POP! Not Soda! POP...P-O-P...POP!
madconsumer on 06/16/2009:
"If Gatorade doesn't fix this soon then I'm going to have to go back to the calories of soda before I get a hernia opening these dang bottle....."

then you will complain that they leak.
BokiBean on 06/16/2009:
If Gatorade makes a product that can't be opened what GOOD is it? If the OP wanted to drink something else, they would.

Telling people to drink something else is not being helpful, telling them how to open a stubborn bottle top is...
Anonymous on 06/17/2009:
Lol..Debtor you say toe-may-toe. I say ta-mah-to. :)
woody on 07/24/2012:
I cannot get the caps off either. But then,...I only have one arm.
nicknack on 09/01/2012:
I hate opening a Gatorade when I super thirsty. I has to be passed around for 30min until someone can open it.
Pissed off G2 fan on 08/02/2013:
I say we boycott these damn drinks til they do something about it. My whole family brings them back home "dad I couldn't open it, "....what use r these drinks if we cannot get em open
maxi on 08/12/2013:
This is a real problem. I bought a case of these drinks for my elderly father who cannot open them. I tried to pre-open everyone in the case for him. My hand was shredded and sore for days. And I never have trouble opening jars or things like that.
Gerry on 09/07/2013:
I am a disabled senior and I try to drink Gatorade all the time but I can't get the lids open. This seems to be a big problem with a lot of people not only little old ladies. I want to know if you are going to do something. Thank you
Hal on 09/07/2013:
I hope they fix these bottle caps so they will open easer the kids can't open them. And they can get into anything.
K. on 09/08/2013:
These caps are screwed on WAY too tightly.

I work outdoors in the sun and there is nothing I hate more than coming inside for a break- dripping with sweat, hot and thirsty-only to spend 10 minutes grappling with a bottle of Gatorade, skinning the palm of my hand, nutcrackers and wrenches pulled out trying to get the damn thing open.

It's drives me up the wall, it really does.

Yes, I'm a female
Rene on 11/24/2013:
It's unbelievable how hard the Gatorade bottles are to open, I'm feeling your pain BOFClay as we speak. I work out too, so I'm not super weak or anything. I'm home sick with a cold trying to nourish my body with some electrolytes and 20 minutes of struggling to open the stupid Gatorade bottle with still no success. I don't want to have to get up use a knife or run it under hot water. I'm sick! This shouldn't be something this difficult to open, they need to fix this crap! Total BS Gatorade!!
Gabby on 12/19/2013:
I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right hand, so its hard enough to open it with my right hand...But I'm starting to develop it in my left hand because of it.. It hurts so bad and I have to ask a million people to open it for me...So after 15 minutes of trying to open it my wrists hurt and I feel pathetic....
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Lids Too Tight To Open
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LAKE SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI -- Gatorade is a wonderful product which is very refreshing and helps me maintain proper bodily fluid levels. I tend to dehydrate fairly easily.

But my complaint is not with the product but with its bottling. Others have found the same problem as I have. It's nearly impossible to unscrew the lids on the bottles.

Last night when I emptied one bottle at about 1-am I again had to get the vice grips to open another.

This is not a new problem, but a continuing one. I'm sure that what is isn't what is intended.

Milt nevrenchan
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Sparticus on 02/19/2008:
I've been telling my wife this for years! Finally someone to back me up! I think she just thought I was a wuss! ;-)

I've actually sprained my wrist trying to get one open before. Another time I twisted the plastic bottle all out of shape and the lid still would not come off.
fascismsux on 02/19/2008:
why not try energy drinks instead , Ya wimps
MRM on 02/19/2008:
Ooooh, that's a burn! But, seriously, I've been drinking Gatorade and never had any problem opening the cap.
ejack053824 on 02/19/2008:
Never ever had a problem opening a Gatorade bottle here in Flight Operations building. They make a bottle opener for the not so strong people now. I suggest getting one.
Anonymous on 02/19/2008:
That's what I keep my boyfriend around for: opening lids and getting things down from a high shelf.
shayen on 02/19/2008:
I drink Gatorade about 3 times a week and have for years. I have never had a single problem in getting the lid off.
Gando on 02/19/2008:
my advice is a rubber band around the lid. It helps create more "grip." I use this on any lid I can't unscrew! Very helpful when I have a pickle craving and a new pickle jar and no husband home yet!
Ponie on 02/19/2008:
Now, I'd so what some seniors who have arthritis and forget to request non child-proof caps for their medications--get some kid to open it. :)
Imanoldfart on 03/11/2008:
I have used your Rain product to wean myself off of my coffee dependency. It worked. Thanks.

Now, if I could only get you to resume using the 24 oz. bottles with the sports drink type of opening, I'd be tickled to death. Your squat 20 oz. bottles are not just hard to open - once opened, they leak. I've begun buying the 20 oz. bottles, simply because I can no longer find the 24 oz. type.

I miss the 24 oz. bottles.
Manager in Beverage Production Industry on 04/29/2013:
While I too find this amusing, I can actually relate. My wife has difficulty opening their bottles as well, and I can say it is not you, it is their bottling process.

In the bottling process the cap has to be sterilized which is done through an intense heat/steam bath the cap goes through just prior to application. This sterilizes and softens the plastic to be pliable enough to push down onto the bottle without breaking the tamper band. Then a ‘capper head’ screws the cap unto the bottle to a pre-determined “torque”.

This torque is the amount of pressure needed to remove the cap. Some bottles have a notch on the bottle just under the collar, and a dash on the side of the cap. The greater the distance between these two marks the farther from “zero” the torque is, whether negative (too tight) or positive (too loose).

So basically, their torque settings are too high. The easiest way to remove the cap would be to run it under hot water for a while to soften the plastic again. Tapping it on the side of a hard surface or using pliers will also work (assuming you have water, hard surfaces, or pliers available.)

Unfortunately, until they relook at the torque specifications/requirements we are still going to be having difficulty opening these bottles.
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