[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Neday-e Hagh

[Date:] 1 Bahman 1337 [21 January 1959]

[Issue No:] 418


Omid-e Iran newspaper, issue number 44, writes:

Pepsi Cola causes stomach pain

Mr. Faraj D., a worker who is suffering from serious stomach pain after [drinking] Pepsi Cola, has pointed out in his letter that the people of Qom have apparently been insured against death and stomach pain because rumour has it that Pepsi Cola is prohibited for the Muslims of that city. I, therefore, wish to present this satirical poem about Pepsi.

Pepsi has appearance of colour and value [Baha]

Has quality of sugar and low price [Baha]

Anyone who drinks [it] is eternally [sabet] cheated by Sabet

[This poem is a word play to include the word the Persian word baha—value or price, for Baha’i, and sabet—eternal, for Habib Sabet, the head of Pepsi Cola]

Noteworthy for “Zalam Zimbo” [meaning useless and cheap, mocking the name Zam Zam Company, the holding company of Pepsi Cola]