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POG, or Passion fruit-Orange-Guava, is a tropical juice drink created in 1971 by a food product consultant named Mary Soon who worked for Haleakala Dairy on Maui, Hawaii. It consists of a blend of juices from passionfruit, orange, and guava (hence POG).
The game of milk caps
The caps to milk bottles inspired the fad game Pogs (or "Milk caps"), which became popular during the early- to mid-1990s. The game of pogs possibly originated in Maui, Hawaii in the 1920s or 1930s.
The connection between POG juice and milk caps can be credited to Charlie Nalepa. He was hired by Haleakala Dairy as a marketing and promotions manager. Because there was still a demand for the cardboard discs, he ordered milk caps imprinted with the trademark POG to give away as a promotional item. The 1990s craze using these milk caps was initiated by Blossom Galbiso, a teacher in Hawaii in 1991. She started using the milk caps in her classroom, and told her students about an old game she used to play: flipping milk caps to be the first one to get the cream off the bottom of the cap. Her students began flipping the milk caps and the resurgence of the game called Pogs began.
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The original mascot created when the POG drink was first marketed was called the "Izard of POG" and looked like a medieval gnome with stars and a magic wand. The "Izard of POG" was later dropped in favor of the current mascot, the "Poglodyte". He is covered in yellow fur, stands about ten inches tall, and is known for his happy-go-lucky personality.
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