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10 Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix Without Coffee

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Looking to get an extra buzz without drinking another cup of coffee? Luckily, sleepy people everywhere have created a huge market for all things caffeine-related. Here are some more unusual products that will give you a buzz.

1. BRACELET; $40

These bracelets administer caffeine right through your skin. They're lined with energy patches that provide the same amount of caffeine as a medium cup of coffee, but over the course of four hours to prevent jitters or crashing. Because the caffeine isn't going through your digestive system, the effects are also stronger and hit faster. Each bracelet comes with 30 patches to get you started.

Find it: IndieGoGo

2. MINTS; $19

Worried about getting coffee breath? These mints will make your mouth minty fresh while giving you a pep in your step. Each mint has 40 milligrams of caffeine so eating two mints is about the same as a cup of coffee. The mints are "wintergreen flavor with a touch of menthol for a strong kick."

Find it: Amazon

3. SOAP; $7

Showers are about to get a lot more energizing—no freezing cold water needed. This vegetable-based glycerine soap is made with caffeine to give you a morning jumpstart, even before your first cup of coffee. Each bar has about 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving/shower. It also has a refreshing peppermint smell—but no, it's not edible.

Find it: ThinkGeek


Now you can add caffeine to any beverage you like with a stick that you can swirl into your cup. Each plastic stick is filled with crystals that dissolve in your drink after just 10 seconds of stirring and packs 125 milligrams of caffeine. You can opt for the plain version or try flavors like orange, mixed berry, and lemon lime.

Find it: Amazon

5. SHAMPOO; $6

Energize your scalp with caffeine-infused shampoo. While this shower addition might not actually wake you up, studies have shown that caffeine might slightly help with hair loss. OGX claims their shampoo helps thicken hair and keep it on your head.

Find it: Walmart


Say goodbye to groggily brushing your teeth. Power Toothpaste is infused with caffeine that quickly kicks in as soon as you're done with your oral hygiene routine. Each tube has enough mint-flavored paste for 90 brushes with 80 milligrams of caffeine.

Find it: Power Toothpaste

7. WATER; $20

Swap out your coffee for something a little more refreshing. This hydrating water bottle comes with electrolytes and 60 milligrams of caffeine without the bitter aftertaste.

Find it: Amazon

8. GUM; $19

Based on the popular soda, the gum comes packed with guarana, ginseng, and the same amount of caffeine as an energy drink to deliver a minty kick that's sure to keep you up for a while.

Find it: Amazon

9. HOT SAUCE; $7

Speaking of kicks, Double Kick hot sauce is sure to wake up your taste buds. Both the hot taste and 12 milligrams of caffeine per serving will jerk you awake.

Find it: Double Kick

10. FACE WIPES; $15

Start the morning right with a clean and refreshed face. These caffeine matcha wipes remove dirt, soothe with aloe, and wake you up with caffeine. Each pack comes with 25 wipes that are good for all skin types.

Find it: Sephora

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Big Questions
How Long Could a Person Survive With an Unlimited Supply of Water, But No Food at All?
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How long could a person survive if he had unlimited supply of water, but no food at all?

Richard Lee Fulgham:

I happen to know the answer because I have studied starvation, its course, and its utility in committing a painless suicide. (No, I’m not suicidal.)

A healthy human being can live approximately 45 to 65 days without food of any kind, so long as he or she keeps hydrated.

You could survive without any severe symptoms [for] about 30 to 35 days, but after that you would probably experience skin rashes, diarrhea, and of course substantial weight loss.

The body—as you must know—begins eating itself, beginning with adipose tissue (i.e. fat) and next the muscle tissue.

Google Mahatma Gandhi, who starved himself almost to death during 14 voluntary hunger strikes to bring attention to India’s independence movement.

Strangely, there is much evidence that starvation is a painless way to die. In fact, you experience a wonderful euphoria when the body realizes it is about to die. Whether this is a divine gift or merely secretions of the brain is not known.

Of course, the picture is not so pretty for all reports. Some victims of starvation have experienced extreme irritability, unbearably itchy skin rashes, unceasing diarrhea, painful swallowing, and edema.

In most cases, death comes when the organs begin to shut down after six to nine weeks. Usually the heart simply stops.

(Here is a detailed medical report of the longest known fast: 382 days.)

This post originally appeared on Quora. Click here to view.

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This Concrete Block Makes a Fine Espresso
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Have you ever thought your kitchen could use more of a Soviet Union vibe? Do you find the fixtures in abandoned buildings charming? Then the AnZa espresso machine—essentially a coffee maker encased in a concrete block—may be for you.

According to Curbed, the AnZa is part of the art and installation aesthetic dubbed Brutalism, an architectural movement using spare, blocky designs. Moving away from the sleek, shiny appearance of most modern appliances, design firm Montaag crafted a rough block with simple knobs. As post-apocalyptic as it may look, it’s reputed to make a very good cup of espresso. And it’s “smart”: a smartphone app can adjust the brewing temperature to the user’s preference.

A close-up of the AnZa's knob

The project’s Kickstarter recently met its $145,000 goal and is now accepting preorders at Indiegogo for $799. You can hoist this subjectively beautiful appliance on your countertop beginning in March 2018.

[h/t Curbed]


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