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2012-10-30 11:53:35 AM
4 votes:
"On examination, he was alert, oriented, nervous, agitated and irritable"--exactly how you'd imagine a teenager on way too much caffeine.

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2012-10-30 08:39:20 AM
4 votes:
Like Iocane powder, I think I've rendered myself immune to the damaging effects of caffeine.
Skr
2012-10-30 12:09:41 PM
3 votes:
FRESH POTs!
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please don't die dave. I love you.
2012-10-30 08:45:18 AM
3 votes:

Cythraul: Like Iocane powder, I think I've rendered myself immune to the damaging effects of caffeine.


Inconceivable!
2012-10-30 03:32:38 PM
2 votes:
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/I want to rethink my life
2012-10-30 02:06:03 PM
2 votes:
Jon iz teh kewl:

sometimes your just craving a coffee and it's 3:00 in the afternoon, 2 hours past the cutoff point for caffeine consumption according to your mom. what do you do?

Me? I stopped dating your mom.
2012-10-30 09:50:15 AM
2 votes:

Winterlight: Cythraul: Like Iocane powder, I think I've rendered myself immune to the damaging effects of caffeine.

Inconceivable!


That word...I do not think it means what you think it means.

/off to go get me some more death juice
2012-10-30 09:43:46 AM
2 votes:
Obligatory:

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2012-10-30 08:21:42 AM
2 votes:
They just didn't *want* it enough.
2012-10-30 02:43:59 PM
1 votes:
Before setting out on convoy to Iraq, I chugged 4 redbulls. I did the Beavis Cornhollio shake for the next few hours.
2012-10-30 02:39:20 PM
1 votes:

blatz514: This is almost exactly my story, except I threw a paper bag full of vomit out of a movie car.

Was it this car?


That would explain why I got hit with a paper sack of puke in 1985 when I was walking down the side of the road.
2012-10-30 02:34:58 PM
1 votes:
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"I don't know how much it was going to take, but I know how much she used."
2012-10-30 01:44:06 PM
1 votes:
I found the caffeine website mentioned in the article the last time there was a Fark thread on caffeine.

Toxicity is usually measured in the lab in terms of LD50 or LD100, which is to say the dose which is lethal to 50% or 100% respectively of lab animals. Doses are measured in various ratios, normally milligrams or grams per kilogram of body weight. A kilogram is 2.2 pounds. There are less than 30 grams per ounce avoirdupois.

The amount of caffeine this kid consumed would normally not kill anybody. There must have been another factor or cause of death. Some people are very sensitive to caffeine, and if you have a heart condition you might have to be careful not to change your caffeine consumption quickly or by large amounts, but caffeine is unlikely to kill a normal coffee drinker drinking reasonable quantities.

Wikipedia says:

Extreme overdose can result in death.[63][64] The median lethal dose (LD50) given orally, is 192 milligrams per kilogram in rats. The LD50 of caffeine in humans is dependent on individual sensitivity, but is estimated to be about 150 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body mass or roughly 80 to 100 cups of coffee for an average adult.[4] Though achieving lethal dose with caffeine would be exceptionally difficult with regular coffee, there have been reported deaths from overdosing on caffeine pills, with serious symptoms of overdose requiring hospitalization occurring from as little as 2 grams of caffeine. An exception to this would be taking a drug such as fluvoxamine or levofloxacin, which blocks the liver enzyme responsible for the metabolism of caffeine, thus increasing the central effects and blood concentrations of caffeine five-fold.[62][63][64][65] Death typically occurs due to ventricular fibrillation caused by effects of caffeine on the cardiovascular system.


In Futurama, Frye consumed a barely sub-lethal dose for a large man, but he is a freak and a Toon. His abuse of his body makes it likely that he can survive things which would kill a normal Toon. Besides, he has died a number of times already, so he may be slowly habituated to death and resurrection by cloning, rebirth, or season renewal or other methods that work well on Toons.

Here, for your Halloweeny enjoyment, is an illustration of the effects of caffeine on spiders:

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As you can see, caffeine makes spiders much spookier. A normal, healthy spider is anal-rententive to a fault.
2012-10-30 01:07:35 PM
1 votes:
You know, I'm not sure what exactly it is that caffeine does for you, but I'm pretty sure without it your head caves in.
2012-10-30 12:59:37 PM
1 votes:
I would need to slam over 300 cans of Diet Coke to kill myself. Luckily, I barely drink even half of that a day.

/Honestly, I think I would die from bladder issues before the caffeine would get me.
2012-10-30 12:41:45 PM
1 votes:
Caffeine *saves* lives, to say nothing of preventing the cost of janitorial staff to clean my staff's entrails off the carpet every half-hour on the half-hour.
2012-10-30 12:40:44 PM
1 votes:
i only drink coffee that's coated with E.coli from an elephant. sure it might cost more, but the advantages is that it contains caffeine

oh wai
2012-10-30 12:30:38 PM
1 votes:
So us normal folks who take about 20 mg of Adderall and drink one or two Red Bulls and/or 2-3 coffee beverages each day...we're fine, right?
2012-10-30 12:30:33 PM
1 votes:
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Safe as coffee, my ass.
2012-10-30 12:29:18 PM
1 votes:

blatz514: MoronLessOff: kokomo61: I took some No-Doz the first time I had to work a midnight shift. After a couple hours when I was getting drowsy...I took some more. I think 5 tablets in total. About an hour later, my hands started shaking, and I turned about 3 shades of green, and started vomiting. I went to the ER, thinking I was going to die. Told them what happened, and they just laughed and laughed.

Was fine the next day, but damn, that was nasty.

This is almost exactly my story, except I threw a paper bag full of vomit out of a movie car.

Was it this car?

[sweetsantuary.files.wordpress.com image 568x426]


Yup. I hurked so hard I went back in time.

Linux_Yes: MoronLessOff: I was afraid I was going to die from a caffeine overdose once. I couldn't close my eyes, I couldn't stop shaking, and I was throwing up so much that bile started coming up. Paramedics said I'd be ok, but I was in for a hell of a day.


man, Folgers didn't show any of that in their commericals. the best part of waking up, is bile on your floor.

i went to tea. half the caffeine.

when i was doing coffee, that sh*t would wake me up a couple hours earlier than my alarm with a headache. it would piss me off. as soon as i had my fix, the headache would go away.

sometimes, i wish i had never got on caffeine but it does get me going in the morning and tea is weak enough not to f*ck with my head and wake me up early.

drug addiction can be a biatch.


Coffee doesn't do much for me anymore, unless I drink 5 or 6 cups in a day. I started drinking a lot when I worked nights. Now I just try to stick to one or two cups a day, but good coffee is so damn tasty.
2012-10-30 12:25:49 PM
1 votes:

MoronLessOff: kokomo61: I took some No-Doz the first time I had to work a midnight shift. After a couple hours when I was getting drowsy...I took some more. I think 5 tablets in total. About an hour later, my hands started shaking, and I turned about 3 shades of green, and started vomiting. I went to the ER, thinking I was going to die. Told them what happened, and they just laughed and laughed.

Was fine the next day, but damn, that was nasty.

This is almost exactly my story, except I threw a paper bag full of vomit out of a movie car.


Was it this car?

sweetsantuary.files.wordpress.com
2012-10-30 12:24:48 PM
1 votes:
The surest way for coffee to kill you is to get between it and me.
Now get over hear with that sauce subby, or I'll skull fark your dead relatives.
2012-10-30 08:50:04 AM
1 votes:
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Sleep is for the weak.
 
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