It could happen to you: caffeine shock

As if in response to my recent post about the caffeination of almost everything imaginable, from water to bars of soap and beyond, last week a British girl went into shock and nearly killed herself by slamming 7 double espressos in just a few short hours. She worked in a coffee shop and, like an alcoholic bartender, was making herself drinks along with those for her customers. According to the BBC:

"She developed a fever and began struggling to breathe after being sent home by her father. 'I was drenched. I was burning up and hyperventilating. I was having palpitations, my heart was beating so fast and I thought I was going into shock.'"

In which case, it should be no surprise to learn that recently an otherwise healthy 28-year-old Australian man's heart stopped after he consumed eight Red Bulls in short order -- luckily, paramedics were able to get it going again, and he was okay. According to Energy Fiend's "death by caffeine" calculator, it should take about 80 double espressos or 153 cans of Red Bull to kill you -- pick your poison -- though that doesn't take into account factors such as lack of sleep (as in the espresso girl's case) or drinking on an empty stomach (as in Red Bull man's).

As for the above photo, I took this while on vacation in Maine, and I think it pretty much speaks for itself. (I wonder if "Shock Coffee" would've picked another name had they known in advance about people going into shock and cardiac arrest from caffeine.) Anyway, if coffee's not caffeinated enough for you -- and you're not a soldier on an 18-hour patrol in a war zone -- there's clearly something wrong! As for sleep being "overrated," I think it's quite the opposite.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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