Thursday, September 13, 2007

Sweet, Sweet Caffeine...

Since I quit smoking nearly four years ago, my caffeine intake has skyrocketed. I guess I needed something to make up for all of the nicotine that was missing from my diet.

Large quantities of coffee, diet pop, and energy drinks are now essential for my continued sanity.

For all things caffeine, check out the Energy Fiend site. It has the caffeine levels of nearly every drink in existence as well as a nifty "Death by Caffeine" calculator. Just select your favorite drink, input your weight, and then see how many cans of Coke Zero you can consume before dying of a caffeine overdose.


GW said...

Silly Owen Wilson and his pathetic attempt at suicide.

Next time, 366 cans of Sunkist Orange Soda.... Go out in style.

Wrecking Machine said...

Caffeine and nicotine both act on neurotransmitters within the brain to stimulate the central nervous system. Almost identical pathway, as I recall.

Both are:

1) Stimulants
2) Appetite suppressants

You've exchanged drugs, is all. And subtracted the coolness factor of cigarettes.

Wrecking Machine said...

133.33 cups of Brewed Coffee + You = Death.

This validates that Phillip J Fry could, in fact, consumed 100 cups of coffee in one day and became a super-fast superhero instead of dying.

Go go, Futurama.

Dolf said...

"You've exchanged drugs, is all. And subtracted the coolness factor of cigarettes."

True... However, I also subtracted the "cancer factor" as well!

And at this point in my life, I am willing to make that trade.

Wrecking Machine said...

Caffeine and nicotine, as CNS stimulants, both decrease the likelihood of developing such lovely living disease as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Also, nicotine has positive effects for ulcerative colitis (but negative effects for Crohn's, something that still baffles scientists.) All the above diseases let you live for quite a long period of time, but make your life hell.

Smoking can give you lung cancer. You die in 6 months, but keep all your mental faculties.

Pick your poison, but someday, you are going to die.

GW said...


wrecking machine makes some "solid" points there. You're going to die eventually anyway. Accept it and start smoking again.

While you're at it, start juggling chainsaws, driving drunk, and throw in some sword swallowing.

I hear you can get some nasty long-term arthritis from peeling bananas, so screw that. Apples have been known to chip a tooth - ouch! You could twist an ankle exercising, not worth it.

Play it safe, nothing but Twinkies and Marlboro's.

Think of the number of ladies you can land while looking "cool" smoking. I hear the only thing sexier than a man smoking, is a man hacking and coughing up tar. On second thought, with all those ladies you might land some kind of STD. Where does genital herpes rank on the "cool" scale of disease?