A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 17, 2020
“When life gives you gators, make Gatorade”

"If/When life gives/hands you gators, make Gatorade” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. The saying is a variant on the popular saying, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

“When life hands you gators, make gatorade” was posted on the newsgroup alt.folklore.computers on January 14, 1999.

“If life hands you gators, you make Gatorade” was posted on Twitter by Sophia Lucero on March 13, 2008.

“Just saw a sign that said when life gives you gators, make gatorade. It made my day” was posted on Twitter by “forbidden third property brother” on June 4, 2008.

“If life gives you gators, make gatorade. (stolen from random tweeter)” was posted on Twitter by Rabid Badger on August 7, 2008.


Wikipedia: Gatorade
The Gatorade Company, Inc. is an American manufacturer of sports-themed beverage and food products, built around its signature line of sports drinks. Gatorade is currently manufactured by PepsiCo and is distributed in over 80 countries. The beverage was first developed in 1965 by a team of researchers led by Robert Cade. It was originally made for the Gators at the University of Florida to replenish the carbohydrates that the school’s student-athletes burned and the combination of water and electrolytes that they lost in sweat during rigorous sports activities.

Originally produced and marketed by Stokely-Van Camp, the Gatorade brand was purchased by the Quaker Oats Company in 1983, which, in turn, was bought by PepsiCo in 2000.

Google Groups: alt.folklore.computers
12 AM and 12 PM
Eddie Saxe
1/14/99
(...)
When life hands you gators, make gatorade.

Google Groups: The Grif.net
12/19/07 Grif.Net - Best Bumper Stickers of 2007, pt 1
Dr. Bob
12/19/07
(...)
When life hands you gators, make Gatorade.

Twitter
Sophia Lucero
@sofimi
If life hands you gators, you make Gatorade.
11:07 AM · Mar 13, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Busy Mom
@Busymom
When life hands you gators, make Gatorade.
11:33 AM · May 5, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
forbidden third property brother
@mazkeraide
Just saw a sign that said when life gives you gators, make gatorade. It made my day.
7:02 PM · Jun 4, 2008·Twitter SMS

Twitter
NEENZ FALEAFINE
@NEENZ
If life hands you lemons, make lemonade. If life hands you gators, make gatorade. - David Letterman
4:46 AM · Jun 17, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
ʇɐɥs sɐ ʇɹɐɯs
@smartasshat
When life hands you gators, make Gatorade.
5:43 PM · Aug 7, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Rabid Badger
@RabidBadger
@ericjosepi If life gives you gators, make gatorade. (stolen from random tweeter)
9:13 PM · Aug 7, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
🔀JST🔂
@wordcore
When life gives you gators, make gatorade.
3:59 PM · Nov 16, 2008·Twitter SMS

Twitter
Gus
@gus88
if life gives you gators, make gatorade!
10:12 AM · May 4, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Dave Turner
@mrdaveturner
If life give you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you ‘gators, make Gatorade. Or a very small zoo.
1:24 PM · Nov 10, 2011·TweetList Pro

Google Books
Managing Stress:
Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being

By Brian Luke Seaward
Burlington, MA: Jones & bartlett Learning
2012
Pg. 276:
When life hands you gators. . . make Gatorade

Twitter
The Cultured Ruffian
@CulturedRuffian
When life hands you gators, make Gatorade...just kidding-that means life hates you because the gators would totally kill and eat you 1st.
12:38 AM · Oct 4, 2014·Twitter for iPhone

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
WTFark! (2014– )
When Life Gives You Gators, Make Gatorade
Comedy, News | Episode aired 19 May 2015
Season 2 | Episode 94

Twitter
Tristan Tales
@tristantales
When life gives you gators, make gatorade #FridayFortunes
8:31 PM · Nov 17, 2017·Twitter for Mac

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Meatman2013 January 17, 2020
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you gators, make Gatorade.

Posted by Barry Popik
Friday, January 17, 2020 • Permalink