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Orexin A: Please Hurry, We Need You
Posted on 12.29.07 by Widge @ 2:19 am
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Too Much Coffee Man by Shannon Wheeler

Ken sent over this Wired article which could prove to be the dawning of a new day. A new day, in fact, that we're not looking at through bloodshot eyes:

A nasal spray containing a naturally occurring brain hormone called orexin A reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in monkeys, allowing them to perform like well-rested monkeys on cognitive tests. The discovery's first application will probably be in treatment of the severe sleep disorder narcolepsy.

They call this a potential "sleep replacement" drug, which is good: because at this point anything would be better than what most of us replace sleep with. I'm speaking, of course, of aches, pains, bad reaction times, headaches, blurred vision, hallucinations...hell, the way some of us fall asleep at the drop of a hat, we're one step away from narcolepsy anyway. Read the entire article here.

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Prime Your Breath With ThinkGeek
Posted on 12.13.07 by Widge @ 2:24 am
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Primer Caffeinated Breath Spray

Scott just sounded the alarm: cool new breath spray from ThinkGeek. You can fix your stinkmouth and also wake your ass up at the same time. 33mg of goodness with each shot. And they point out that it gets absorbed in the mouth, so you're wired faster. Genius. Each container has 1400mg of caffeine. Which is a couple days' intake for me. But for you, you'll be set for a while.

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Most and Least Caffeinated Cities in America
Posted on 11.09.07 by Widge @ 3:11 am
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How to Quit Drinking Caffeine

Update: Thanks to everyone for linking up this article, and thanks for coming by to check it out. No doubt you're all getting ready to increase your own city's standing next year. And to this we recommend subscribing to our feed so you can get the latest on this and other items that are guaranteed to ruin your sleep. Sleep--it can be eradicated in our lifetimes. Join us, won't you?

HealthSaver commissioned a survey to ask the question: "When it comes to caffeine, which American city wins?"

Okay, well, no, it wasn't exactly phrased like that, you understand. They were trying to find out which city is the most caffeinated. I don't think there was, you know, a trophy or anything involved. Maybe there should be. If there was, then we would definitely need to know so we could gear up for next year.

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Basic Instructions on Quitting Caffeine: The Price of Health
Posted on 08.26.07 by Widge @ 6:51 pm
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Basic Instructions: How to Quit Drinking Caffeine

These Basic Instructions on "How to Quit Drinking Coffee" were found via Energy Fiend. We do not recommend this. But bear in mind: we're loonbags.

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Energy Fiend’s Caffeine Database: Calculate Your Buzz, Baby
Posted on 03.19.07 by Widge @ 2:20 am
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Energy Fiend caffeine calculator

It's always impressive when something good gets downright better. Energy Fiend has updated their caffeine database so you can tally up your intake on any given day and see just how much of the substance of the gods you have consumed. Be forewarned, though: you probably won't be able to top Robbie Williams.

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Top Ten Soft Drinks: Caffeine in Nine Out of Ten, Baby
Posted on 03.13.07 by Widge @ 9:11 pm
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Red Bull, the champion

Energy Fiend has given us a list of the top ten soft drinks on the market. There's a few little fascinating tidbits as well, like the fact that the total market share for energy drinks is .8%.

Fifteen hundred different brands of sugar bombs in little bitty cans and .8% is it? Wow.

Image taken from Myerscough College.

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The Starbucks Inhaler: You Teasing Bastards
Posted on 10.29.06 by Widge @ 12:53 am
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Starbucks inhaler

Just for the briefest of moments, I thought this might be true. What is the only thing better than being able to take in caffeine through a mint, like with Foosh? Why, being able to just inhale the stuff, of course!

But alas, it is just a photoshopped mockup. My drowsy lungs weep for opportunity lost.

Found via AdFreak.

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Protect Yourself From Caffeine With Llamas
Posted on 05.25.06 by Widge @ 8:05 am
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A slightly worried llama

Apparently there are some misfortunes out there in the world who can't screw around with caffeine. You have our condolences. You also apparently have a new gee whiz thing coming that will let you slake your paranoia about encountering the stuff. They're going to have strips that will detect caffeine, using an antibody found in llama blood. And no, we're not kidding, read the story here.

Now the only problem is it won't tell you how much caffeine is present. To be perfectly truthful, I had a deal worked out where my blood was going to be used to do that, but after a clinical trial that looked like that "blood test" scene in The Thing the whole matter was dropped. I was pissed.

Found via Slashfood.
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A Sexy Caffeine Delivery System
Posted on 09.27.05 by ScottC @ 11:04 am
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Spazzstick

While our collective of crazies is called Needcoffee, we have always said that we don't care how you get your 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione in you. So we looked with pleasure at Yes, it's a lip balm with caffeine.Spazzstick.

Of course, this has limited appeal to the Needcoffee crew since most of us live in places where winter is a blink and you miss it affair. But with the caffeine and the two tasty flavors, Vanilla Toffee or Cool Mint, kissing could become even more stimulating. This product will definitely not disturb the sexy.

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Energy Fiend, A Site After Our Own Hearts
Posted on 08.18.05 by Widge @ 9:58 am
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MetaFilter gave us a link to this nifty little utility, which will take your favorite caffeinated beverage and calculate how much of it it would take to kill you. Handy.

And we started looking through the rest of the site, Energy Fiend, and we like their attitude. Here, check out this defense of energy drinks:

Why the tirades? I'm sick of old people who have never tried the drinks telling us they don't work. I know, I know people that know, and I know people that know people that know energy drinks work. I get a better buzz than coffee, it tastes better, and, frankly, we kick more ass than you.

They also have a handy guide to energy drink ingredients and a sweet guide to caffeine content.

And we found a pointer to another site's list of coffee-related holidays.

I love the Net.

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