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Hey, What’s Under That Bottle Cap? Six Words + Honest Tea

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

By Larry Smith

SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir project has seen a lot of incredible iterations: six-word classroom projects, six-word prayers, appearances in hacking conferences and museums of art, partnerships with places such as The National Constitution Center and Bono’s

And now Six-Word Memoirs will be a mystery in a bottle. Or rather, a “prize” under an Honest Tea bottle cap. Call it our adult, writerly version of the unknown treasure at the bottom of the box of Cracker Jacks. I’ve been digging for prizes, decoding secret messages, peeling back labels, and popping open bottle caps for as long as I can remember. So, when our first book of Six-Word Memoirs was about to come out, I sent Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman a message—I just guessed his email and told him the honest truth: I love your tea—it’s tasty. I love your company—it has a socially conscious mission. Just as one of SMITH Mag’s core beliefs is to make better media, not simply more media, I wrote, you’re making a better drink, not just another drink. And I think SMITH’s Six-Word Memoirs are a perfect match for Honest Tea’s bottle caps. Seth replied: I love it, let’s do it.

This week, 100+ of the most thoughtful, inspiring, insightful, and funny Six-Word Memoirs can be found under around a million bottle caps across the country. Maybe it’s just me, but the little things in life—like reading short, short life stories in bottles of Black Forest Berry or Pomegranate Red Tea with Goji—give me a sweet little kick of inspiration. But just a tad sweet—that’s the Honest Tea and six-word way. Want your Six-Word Memoir inside a bottle cap? Shares yours on the Six-Word Memoir project, and now you’ll be considered for a bottle cap as well as a book (and in case your dream differs from ours, we’ll always check with you first).

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69 responses

  1. Susan Dyrud MacDonald says:

    Yay! That is real neat! I hope I get under a cap! :)

  2. Sfie Bee says:

    I might but I might not.

  3. goji bio says:

    Good Job for your article ;)

  4. FThomasCain says:

    Life is short
    then you die!

  5. FTC says:

    All man’s accomplishments
    means absolutely nothing!

  6. Sheila L. says:

    Life is temporary
    Live every day

  7. Frederick T. Cianci says:

    Live your life
    before it’s over

  8. Loon says:

    Better tea capped than tea bagged.

  9. Loon says:

    Drink Me! Then Un Drink Me…

  10. Loon says:

    Drink me, then set me free.

  11. AMANDA DIAL says:


  12. Loon says:

    Black cat ate my four-leaf clover.

  13. Loon says:

    Thumbs feverishly text formerly unsaid crap.

  14. Loon says:

    My mortgage fell, can’t get up.

  15. Loon says:

    My grandchildren feed me Play-Doh burgers.

  16. Loon says:

    Old teeth turn amber, like sunset.

  17. Loon says:

    Love is an intimate stranger’s kiss.

  18. Loon says:

    Dalai Lama caught eating Double Whopper.

  19. Loon says:

    Vodka plus Honest Tea: honest glee.

  20. Loon says:

    Hope I don’t win the lottery.

  21. Loon says:

    Summertime is littluns slurping drippy popsicles.

  22. Loon says:

    Ageless rope swings laugh at mortality.

  23. Loon says:

    Please and Thank You are symbiotic.

  24. Loon says:

    Fingernail clippings make shrapnel look tame.

  25. Loon says:

    We should’ve shared more happy meals.

  26. Loon says:

    Hemingway’s shoes took Sixers’ first step.

  27. Loon says:

    Honest Tea makes round world go.

  28. Loon says:

    You’re being surrounded by coffee drinkers.

  29. Loon says:

    Lost again. Smooched the Old Maid.

  30. Loon says:

    Mommy and Daddy wrestled like that.

  31. Loon says:

    Constipated astronaut loves his Prune Tang.

  32. Loon says:

    Divorce diet: Lost a whole person

  33. Loon says:

    Squirt water out before applying mustard.

  34. Loon says:

    Eighty-seven toddlers pee simultaneously: heated pool

  35. Loon says:

    Cell phones camouflage selves when sought.

  36. Loon says:

    Baby-Boomer,Free-Love Loser, Mid-Life Boozer, St. Peter Schmoozer

  37. Loon says:

    Life slowly goes far too quickly.

  38. Loon says:

    I’m a vegan, unless home alone.

  39. Loon says:

    You don’t look thirty. Thirty-eight maybe.

  40. Loon says:

    Mom secretly chews tobacco in bed.

  41. Loon says:

    Gimme, gimme, I’m a selfIsh knucklehead.

  42. Loon says:

    Mom treated head lice with respect.

  43. Loon says:

    Even Mom stole my lunch money.

  44. Loon says:

    Oddly, most women prefer men soft.

  45. Loon says:

    My grandson’s hands are bungee hooks.

  46. Loon says:

    Does anybody read these six-worders? — need some feedback

  47. Loon says:

    am i on the right track here? is anybody out there? wish i had a rooster….

  48. Loon says:

    With Honest Tea, no tea bagging.

  49. Loon says:

    Will Honest Tea please contact Loon?

  50. Loon says:

    please contact Loon via email !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!anybody out there??????????????????????????? lemme outta dis box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you want kisses, hugs?????????????????????????????—–here: oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxx—-i have a few questions…….. ………………………………….

  51. Loon says:

    Tea for two: Buy yer own)

  52. Loon says:

    Brits have tea-time; Yanks, Honest Tea.

  53. Loon says:

    Honest teetotalers drink only Honest Tea.

  54. Can you write your memoir in only six words? « Kimundrum says:

    [...] Since then, Six-Word Memoir project has become a global phenomenon and a bestselling book series. Six-Word Memoirs have been featured in hundreds of media outlets from NPR to The New Yorker, covered on tens of thousands of blogs, and, as of Summer 2010, can be found inside 1 million Honest Tea bottle caps. [...]

  55. Dick Sargent says:

    I came, I saw, I drank.

  56. Dick Sargent says:

    I came, I saw, I drank……

  57. Tim Edib says:

    Keep mind full and bowels empty

  58. andrew mack says:

    Life’s a beach so just relax

  59. andrew mack says:

    Help! I’m stuck
    Let me out

  60. Shoshuga says:

    [...] Since then, Six-Word Memoir project has become a global phenomenon and a bestselling book series. Six-Word Memoirs have been featured in hundreds of media outlets from NPR to The New Yorker, covered on tens of thousands of blogs, and, as of Summer 2010, can be found inside 1 million Honest Tea bottle caps.” [...]

  61. wordie says:

    I live life to the fullest.

  62. gregory guy sherman says:

    an insult from a fool , is a complement to the wise.

  63. Bottle cap facts | Bunny and Dolly says:

    [...] And while I don’t buy Honest Tea solely for the words of wisdom printed on their caps, they do share some pretty inspiring quotes. I particularly enjoyed their collaboration with SMITH’s Six-Word Memoirs. [...]

  64. ToniAnn Ferraro says:

    Psychic Medium and Lovin’ It

  65. ToniAnn Ferraro says:

    Psychic Medium and Loving It

  66. Corryn Fisco says:

    two kids, three pets, crazy life

  67. HIL BECK says:

    never up
    never in
    all cup

  68. paige says:

    Can’t get better then this. Honestly.

  69. Laura says:

    When everyone else fails, start running.

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