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  1. Figure Out How Much Caffeine Is In Your Drink With the New Caffeine Orange

    Like Flash Rosenberg said, we have thumbs so we can make coffee.

    While some mornings are made for enjoying a cappuccino or some soy-chai-misto-thing, others are a mad rush to jumpstart your body as quickly as possible. In honor of those mornings, here's an awesome new device: Caffeine Orange. It tells you how much caffeine is in your drink -- so you can figure out how much you need in order to feel human.

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  2. Plucked Directly From Your Dreams, Here’s Soda Shaq, Shaq’s New Line of Soft Drinks

    Do you dare to drink a soda with Shaq's face on it? If so, there are now four flavors for you to choose from.

    It probably won't surprise regular readers to learn that we're not huge sports fans here at Geekosystem -- I mean, I am, but I'm barely bringing the average up -- so for us to write with any regularity about a sports icon, that person has to be a) good enough at sports that pretty much everyone on the planet knows their name and b) ludicrously entertaining in all other aspects of his or her life. By this metric, Shaquille O'Neal is the perfect sports star for our site, a fact confirmed by yesterday's announcement that Shaq will be lending his name -- and more importantly, his face -- to a line of cream sodas from Arizona.

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  3. New Coke Machine Can Take Your Picture, Has a Microphone, Is Confusing

    Intel showed off a new fancy Coca-Cola machine at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today. Why did Intel show off a glorified sugar water dispenser? Well, that's because the device happens to house an Intel Core i7 microprocessor. It needs all that computer horsepower to function its many doodads, like the microphone it has for no apparent reason. The machine also comes equipped with a camera, which would theoretically be used to gather demographic information, but is thoroughly creepy regardless.

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  4. We Taste Test a Jones Soda Thanksgiving Holiday Pack From Seven Years Ago

    Here at Geekosystem, a few of us have been fascinated with the often times eccentric Jones Soda for quite a while. Along with the normal staples of root beer, cream soda, and fufu berry (which, if we're counting that as normal, one can probably discern just how weird Jones is), Jones has delved into flavor madness and released some truly unique sodas in their time. From the delicious berry lemonade, to the surprisingly good green apple, to the love-it-or-hate-it blue bubblegum, Jones doesn't just stick with normal cola and lemon-lime flavors. Over the years, they've released extremely odd experimental flavors, usually in the form of limited edition holiday packs. One of the most notorious packs is the 2005 Thanksgiving Holiday Pack, which contains five sodas flavored to match a full course Thanksgiving dinner. We managed to snag a sealed package, and despite being around seven years old, we braved the Brussels sprout, wild herb stuffing, and turkey and gravy sodas just for you. Impressions below.

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  5. Woman Addicted To Water Drinks 100 Glasses A Day

    Sasha Kennedy of Essex is addicted to water, drinking 25 liters of the stuff a day, far exceeding the USDA Recommended Daily Water Intake of  2.7 liters. Her condition provokes many pressing questions, namely "Won't that dilute her blood?" and "Has she ever tried soda?"

    What surprised me most was that the condition had a name: Psychogenic polydipsia. It is "an uncommon clinical disorder characterized by excessive water-drinking in the absence of a physiologic stimulus to drink" and is typically found among mental patients on phenothiazine medications. Kennedy appears to be completely sane, although she does experience the dry mouth sensation characteristic of the condition.

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  6. 15 Terrific Pixel Art Soda Displays

    When I did my time in the stockroom at a grocery store, we devoted our "free time" to such admirable pursuits as sleeping in the storage trailers or hanging out in the ice cream freezer, eating out of the damage bins. Apparently other wage-slaves feel better if they waste their time on something that at least looks cool, like turning soda displays into walls of pixel art. Naturally, the form lends itself to video game homages (particularly Mario homages), but you might be surprised at the breadth of the art form. Don't believe me? Check out this collection of 15 notable examples.

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  7. Man Claims to Have Found Dead Mouse in Mountain Dew, Pepsi Argues Mouse Would Have Dissolved

    An Illinois man named Ronald Ball may have had one of the most uniquely bizarre and disgusting experiences one can ever have the misfortune to live through. Ronald Ball cracked open a can of Mountain Dew, took a long sip to quench his thirst, tasted something a little bit horrifying, spit out the soda and discovered a dead mouse. Yes. There was a dead mouse in his soda. At least, that's what he says. He sent in the specimen to Pepsi Co. who he claims destroyed the carcass, and have now provided an insanely horrifying defense.

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  8. Study Suggests Soda May Make Kids More Violent

    A new study of Boston high-school students has shown that kids who drink a lot of soda (or "pop" for all of you from backwards places that don't call soda the right thing) are also significantly more likely to become violent. The study, conducted by David Hemenway and Sara Solnick, involved following around 1,878 Boston highschool students and keeping track of their soft drinking habits. The results showed that kids who soft drank more than 5 non-diet cans a week were 9-15% more likely to "act aggressively" than their peers who just stuck to respecting the pouch.

    "Heavy use of carbonated non-diet soft drinks was significantly associated with carrying a gun or knife and violence towards peers, family members and partners," they say in the paper, and the fact that they chose the word "use" clearly shows that they mean business. Obviously, they don't want to go too far into saying that soda causes the violence, but it's worth mentioning that the soda-violence boost remains even after controlling for things like age, race, body mass index, tobacco use, drug use, and of course, family dinners. No, but really, and they listed that one last too.

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  9. Coca-Cola Formula Discovered?

    Producers of the radio show This American Life are claiming they've discovered the safely-guarded recipe for Coca-Cola in an interesting way: A direct picture of the recipe in a 1979 newspaper article within Coca-Cola's hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. According to the radio producers, the picture used for the article is a hand-written copy of the original recipe for the beverage, supposedly written in a leather-bound recipe book by one of creator John Pemberton's friends, and passed down for generations. Head on past the break to see the supposed recipe, and the results of a taste test performed by the This American Life team.

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  10. A “King-Size” Soda Used to Be 12 Ounces

    This 1950s advertisement from can manufacturer MiraCans says it all: As compared with the 6.5-ounce bottles that had previously been in vogue, 12-ounce cans were considered a big deal at their advent. In the ad's words, "2 full glasses in each 12oz. KING-SIZE CAN!" Considering that 12-ounce cans are currently the standard size, that many movie theaters sell large sodas of 54 ounces or more for individual consumption, and that the likes of 7-Eleven sell 32-, 44-, and 64-ounce sodas, a time traveler from the '50s might've had a hard time coming to grips with the soda landscape of today. As one Boing Boing commenter notes, "Just for reference, the average adult human bladder can hold between 16 and 32 fl.oz." (Sociological Images via Boing Boing)

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