Excellent News! I’m Not An Addict, I’m Just Chemically Dependent!

Red Bull vending machine

Just put it over there by the other three. Thanks.

I had no idea that Demi Moore was supposedly a “Red Bull addict.” According to an article at The Daily Beast, she’s been using them as meal replacements. As in, not eating, just drinking Red Bull. That’s the impetus for their article, but I felt compelled to write something after seeing two things in their article.

First, the author cites a particular study. Now granted, there are a number of studies listed in the article that state all kinds of results from consuming caffeine. And if health and science have taught us anything, it’s that, in general, Studies will show you coffee or red meat or

[insert thing here] will cure cancer one week and rain it down on you the next week. Studies, in general, are not actionable.

That all being said, you can understand why this bit from the study caught my attention:

According to at least one study, merely believing that caffeine speeds us up can speed us up.

So by talking up the fact that my caffeine tolerance has reached such a ridiculous level that caffeine intoxication is a distant memory…that’s making it even more true?


By | 2017-09-24T22:33:21+00:00 February 2nd, 2012|Stimuli|0 Comments

Stuff: Just Like a Rock Star, Rockstar Is In Bed With Someone Else Now

A lot of things happen. You don’t need to know about them all, and you don’t need to know them in detail. Here, in digest form, is the important pop culture stuff so you can do…whatever else it is you do.

  • Amazon’s deal for the day is the complete Sopranos on DVD. It’s going for $119.99 today only–which is 60% off, it’s normally $300–and while stocks last. You can snag it here.

    Also, Lost‘s final season is already available for pre-order, even though it’s not coming out until August. You can snag the DVD here or the Blu-Ray here.

  • The Losers trailer is up. And it looks a bit jokier than I recall the comic being but the idea of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans in those roles is encouraging. And they kept in the “Pow” bit. So I’m already there.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.


  • By | 2017-09-24T22:54:48+00:00 February 1st, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|6 Comments

    Steak n Shake’s Red Bull Freeze – Drink Review

    Red Bull Freeze from Steak n Shake

    So when Miss Destructo mentioned on her Twitter account that this existed, my destiny became clear. After all, it’s no secret that I love ice cream. It’s also no secret that Red Bull is a good friend of mine and has been there for me when many others, including my consciousness and sanity, have fallen by the wayside. So when you put the two together, it seems like a recipe for disaster, stimulation, insanity, palate destruction or all of the above.

    Thus, I found myself calling the closest Steak n Shake to see if they had this as an offering and they did. So first chance we had, it was in the car and going there with the sole purpose of trying it. Again: destiny.

    I wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, it’s called a “Red Bull Freeze.” People were asking, is it a slushie? A milkshake? Something else? It wasn’t until the waitress brought it out–that’s it, of course, in the pic–that I could see it was indeed a Red Bull milkshake. And it doesn’t look like anything special at all, does it? It looks just like a vanilla milkshake. It’s unassuming. That’s how it draws you in.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:01:06+00:00 July 18th, 2009|Reviews|11 Comments

    Stuff: Biggest Zombie Party on the Planet Nigh

    I Spit on Your Rave poster
  • I Spit on Your Rave has the best movie title you will hear this week. The concept is it’s 2018 and six years since a zombie virus unleashed upon the 2012 Olympics and mankind has gone the way of the dodo and good Marvel Comics. So out of boredom, a zombie music festival is born. This sounds so mental, I am filled with glee just telling you about it. Apparently, they’re filming this at the Big Chill Festival with production starting on August 6th and they want everybody to show up and play a zombie extra. Not only do they get their movie, but they get the world record for “Most Amount of Zombies Captured on Camera”. Is there anything about this film to not respect? Not at present. Here’s their official site for more info. Source.
  • The Coraline musical is now running through July 5th. It seems to have pleased The Neil, so my hope is that a DVD of the performance will be on sale for those of us who don’t have a prayer of seeing it in NYC before it closes. Source.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:02:33+00:00 June 11th, 2009|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    Red Bull Cola Features Cocaine, Is Partially Banned, And Is No Threat

    Red Bull Cola

    Widge’s Note: Ladies, gents, boys and girls, please welcome guest columnist and German correspondent Dom to the mix.

    By now, most of you out there have heard about the banning “scandal” of Red Bull Cola (reviewed here by Widge) here in Germany. Let me try to shed some light and share my thoughts on this.

    Here a rough summary of what happened through the eye of the naïve consumer: a laboratory in Germany registered some amount of cocaine in Red Bull’s cola and a lot of states of our Federal Republic reacted by immediately banning it from the stores. Others did not.

    The amount of cocaine was so small (0,4 microgram per litre), that some states declared — rightly so — that it bears no risk. In fact, according to a Bavarian state institution, to have an effect on you, a dosage needs to be as big as 25 to 50 milligrams. To put this into perspective, you would need to drink tens of thousands of litres.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:02:44+00:00 May 30th, 2009|Stimuli|3 Comments

    Red Bull Cola – Drink Review

    Red Bull Cola

    So I went back and was looking over the original post where I first announced my knowledge of Red Bull’s cola creation. And I had said I would review it when I laid hands upon it. Well, I’ve had a few of these thus far, so let’s knock this out. I’m a Widge of my word, after all. Mostly. Kinda.

    True to their word, it appears the thing is all natural, caffeine taken from coffee beans, no artificial flavors, real sugar, natural flavors from vanilla, mustard seed, lime, kola nut, cacao, licorice, cinnamon, lemon, ginger, coca leaf, orange, corn mint, pine, cardamon, mace, clove and something called galangal. I think I had a cousin once whose galangal went malignant and they had to remove it. Oh, and there’s lemon juice concentrate. In the cola, I mean, not in that cousin.

    I can see now why most colas use artificial flavors–it’s probably a helluva lot easier. And cheaper. You can pay some guy off the street to go, “Yup, that’s how you get cola–use that cola syrup over there.” You’ve got to pay real money to get somebody good enough to say, “You know what’s missing? Pine!” Jaysus.

    Okay, so here’s the good news. The taste isn’t bad. Of course, it’s not anything that will blow you away. It’s a good alternative to Coke, since, for example, they do use real sugar–something Coke isn’t bright enough to do in this country regardless of a great free idea somebody gives them. But it doesn’t distinguish itself from any other natural cola I’ve tasted. In fact, when it comes to “alternate colas,” I actually like the taste of Fentiman’s Curiosity Cola better.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:09:17+00:00 December 2nd, 2008|Drink Reviews|0 Comments

    Red Bull Has a Cola

    Red Bull Cola

    Okay, so here’s something interesting: Red Bull is known for their energy drink. And for being what Uncle Warren has running through his veins. But now they’re branching out: they’re introducing a cola. But not just any cola. A natural cola.

    According to the bit on their website, the cola will have nary a bit of phosphoric acid, preservatives or artificial flavors. 100% natural, they say, with flavors “derived from both the Kola nut and Coca leaf, ingredients in the original colas.” It gets its caffeine from coffee beans. Fascinating.

    I’ll get my hands on one and let you know about it as soon as I can. Unfortunately, we have received confirmation that the cans do not have a bluish glow around them as pictured. Too bad.

    Found via BevNet.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:20:33+00:00 April 4th, 2008|Headsup|1 Comment

    Red Bull: Darwin’s Favorite Energy Drink

    Red Bull, the champion

    Red Bull, kickin' ass--your ass if you're not careful

    A fifteen-year-old kid in the UK drank eight Red Bulls and had to go to hospital. Our friends at Energy Fiend break that down for you:

    Eight cans is about 640mg of caffeine – which – to be honest is not a huge amount. Red Bull also contains 1000mg of Taurine, 60mg Glucuronolactone, and 27 grams of sugar per can. So to get things straight – the overdosing teenager consumed 216 grams of sugar (that’s about 54 teaspoons) along with 8 grams of Taurine.

    They also go on to point out that it’s funny how every time some stupid-ass kid (like this one) overdoses on energy drinks it makes front page news. But the same kid getting ripped on alcohol, nobody bats an eye. Funny, huh?

    Also, as the BBC report states: “Norway, France, Uruguay and Iceland have all banned the energy drink because of concerns over high levels of caffeine.” Sounds familiar. Anyway, when you translate that, it means, “These four countries don’t trust their citizens to know how to handle themselves.” It also can be translated to mean that you can get Red Bull in those countries all day long, it’s just expensive to do so. More effective government intervention!


    By | 2017-09-24T23:21:23+00:00 February 24th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

    13 Days of Xmas – Day 5: Top 10 Christmas Commercials!

    Ronald McDonald and Santa Claus

    We’ve all grown with Christmas commercials. And some people try to tinkle on everybody’s parade by going on and on about how Christmas is too commercialized and it’s just a ruse to get everybody to spend lots of money on other people, most of which they can’t really stand.

    And…well, they’re right. But some of us have accepted that and gotten over it. In fact, we rather enjoy it. So you can go pretend to have your spiritually nuturing holiday season over there. Over here we’re going to get our retro geek capitalist fix.

    Thus, our Top 10 list of Christmas Commercials. Enjoy.

    10. Anytime you can have John Houseman acting opposite an animatronic toy, you’ve got gold:

    Update: Sadly, the Teddy Ruxpin/John Houseman commercial has been taken down. If somebody finds it again, please let me know.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:23:37+00:00 December 17th, 2007|13 Days of Xmas|6 Comments

    Red Bull: Stay Up Late, Make Art, Rinse, Repeat.

    Red Bull art

    Some people drink Red Bull to stay awake. Uncle Warren drinks it because it feeds the nanites that live in his bloodstream and keep him alive. I drink it because it tingles. Just a little.

    But apparently some people drink it then use the cans for art. More power to them. There’s an exhibit of Red Bull can artwork here in Atlanta, starting October 14th. For more information and the online galleries, check out the site here.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:39:39+00:00 October 5th, 2006|Stimuli|0 Comments