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Old 01-14-2009, 01:00 PM   #1
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Seven Cups of Coffee a Day May Lead to Hallucinations

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Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Consuming the caffeine in seven cups of instant coffee a day may leave you more likely to see, hear and smell things that arenít there, U.K. researchers said.

People who drink at least 330 milligrams of the stimulant a day were three times as likely to have hallucinations as those who consumed less than 10 milligrams a day, Durham University researchers found in a study of 219 college students published today in Personality and Individual Differences.
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Well, this certainly explains a lot during my working years, as I drank more than this. Hmmm, maybe all that nasty stuff I saw and felt was just a hallucination - especially my last boss (satan's mentor and role model).

On second thought, maybe the coffee induced hallucinations made it more tolerable.

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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Good thing I think instant coffee is vile.
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I'm going to have to call "BS".

"...in a study of 219 college students..."

I don't think the substance causing hallucinations in these folks is even remotely connected to coffee.
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I don't think the substance causing hallucinations in these folks is even remotely connected to coffee.
if they quit putting those peyote buttons in their Starbucks, they would lose the hallucinations........
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Ah ha! a study out of the U.K. Disembodied voices tell me to look for a conspiracy from the tea interests.
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i recall seeing a big dog, legs on both sides of the road big, one 0:dawnthirty-ish time when driving in the mountains on a shared one-shot drive of 1200 miles or so. stimulants + coffee were involved - decided they were not a very good idea for me. I'll take my hallucinations straight, thank-you very much.
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In college, we had a guy we called "Santa" because he always appeared with a large supply of "Christmas Trees" (speed) right around year-end Finals week.

He would make enough money to pay for all his family's X-mas presents and the next semester of school.........
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Me to DW: "No honey, I didn't fart. You've been drinking to much coffee again."
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In college, we had a guy we called "Santa" because he always appeared with a large supply of "Christmas Trees" (speed)
I miss college sometimes.
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Geez you guys! I'm only 34 and anything above pot was looked down upon in college! What era was this that Finals week = crank session? That's pretty hard core!
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I wonder if people would believe me if I say that I manage to get through college getting high on nothing more than beer and Marlboro.
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Probably not. But, I do.
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Geez you guys! I'm only 34 and anything above pot was looked down upon in college! What era was this that Finals week = crank session? That's pretty hard core!
One finals day I took speed. Our exams were 3.5 hours. I couldn't sit. I squatted on my seat and wrote the exam. Not my best showing.

I am not a good candidate for speed.

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One finals day I took speed. Our exams were 3.5 hours. I couldn't sit. I squatted on my seat and wrote the exam. Not my best showing.
A usual side effect of consuming amphetamines in college for me was a spotless apartment.

On the final exam topic, I wasn't a very serious student, so instead of doing speed for exams, I brought a nalgene bottle of vodka for my math proof and combinatorics finals. I got an A in both courses, better than most of the sober students.
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A usual side effect of consuming amphetamines in college for me was a spotless apartment.

On the final exam topic, I wasn't a very serious student, so instead of doing speed for exams, I brought a nalgene bottle of vodka for my math proof and combinatorics finals. I got an A in both courses, better than most of the sober students.
I didn't do amphetamines, but others did. Found that wine helped with programming (but had to find the 'sweet spot' on ounces per hour).
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Finals week for me entailed nothing stronger than coffee, which worked pretty well even for all-nighters. I would typically procrastinate badly all term, so cramming was the only thing that saved me. (Anyone who says cramming doesn't work is a liar or has not dedicated themselves to it fully.)

If, despite the combined efforts of Juan Valdez and Mrs Folgers, sleep stil threatened to derail my academic efforts, I would bring out the big guns: Twizzlers. I'd savor their succulent corn-syrupy red goodness by the pound. Though the sugar rush quickly subsided, the ensuing nausea would leave me afraid that sleep would result in me drowning in my own vomit. I was rolling the dice big time: Academic success or an ignominious end like John Bonham's.

Maybe the amphetamines would have been a better choice.
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I had a law school roommate that partied and snorted coke the night before the Contracts final exam. She got the highest grade in the class.

I managed to do the same in Constitutional Law when I was taking Demerol for a kidney stone.
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