Nerds have many stereotypes surrounding their culture and mannerisms. One of those stereotypes is that we like to drink pop or soda, depending on where you live. I’m not ashamed to say my cubicle is the home to many empties of nerd nectar (new favorite term).
But why should you drink pop when there are so many other caffeinated choices on the market? Let’s break it down.
Safer Amount of Caffeine
It makes the world go round. Caffeine can be found in pop, coffee, tea, chocolate, or even that bottle of extra strength Excedrin in your cabinet. It acts as an indispensable and legal stimulant to millions of consumers daily.
Caffeine is an FDA-approved product for improving painkilling medications effectiveness. That Excedrin that I was talking about has a whopping 130mg in a couple tablets. That’s a little less than half the recommended dose for fighting a headache.
While caffeine is not particularly nasty for you, it’s best consumed in moderation. Pop has significantly less caffeine per serving than coffee, decreasing the chance you end up with diarrhea, an irregular heart beat, increased blood pressure, or glaucoma that can happen with increased consumption.
However, caffeine’s best side effect for nerds is that it causes mental alertness. And when combined with sugar, seems to improve mental performance beyond what either can do alone. That’s especially helpful when you want to stay up late coding your world changing idea. You won’t find sugar in coffee unless you add it. To that I ask, why not drink pop and get both at once?
Pop Tastes Better
Humans have five primary tastes — sweet, salty, sour, savory, and bitter. When speaking about a persons personality, we will sometimes call them sweet (good) or bitter (bad) because it’s an accepted way to describe good and bad. The same applies to taste. I believe coffee drinkers put up with the taste because consuming it provides them with the caffeine they are craving. This is why 65% of coffee drinkers add cream and/or sugar to their coffee.
Beer is another perfect example where a beverage is bitter and naturally unpleasant to your taste buds, but you consume it for the feel-good effects to come.
Pop, on the other hand, naturally tastes good because it’s sweet. Pop comes in numerous flavors, like root beer, cola, orange, grape, lemon, and lime, just to name a few. You’re not going to find Dr. Pepper flavored coffee in the stores anytime soon.
It Will Survive
In the end it will be the nerds and the cockroaches. I want a large supply of Coke by my side when things go The Walking Dead on us. Didn’t you know 20-year-old Coke tastes so much better than modern Coke? This is because they used cane sugar which has been replaced in modern Coke by high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a cheaper alternative to sugar. If you’re not a fan of high fructose corn syrup, take a drink of Mt. Dew Throwback. It tastes magnificent. Compared to a modern day Mt. Dew, it tastes fresh with none of the syrupy aftertaste of high fructose corn syrup. Natural always tastes better.
While coffee can hold its own on the shelf for long periods of time, I still recommend pop because it tastes better and gives me the energy boost I want. I wont need to boil water, store creamer and sugar, or need cups to drink out of. All good things if you’re in a bunker with a limited amount of space.
Can It Hurt?
These are just a few reasons why nerds should drink pop instead of coffee. After all, I can’t say drinking pop has ever made me feel physically ill.
To be honest, I consume a large amount of pop. I have had cavities. But if what they say about pop and cavities is true, I should have had 10 times the amount of cavities based on the amount that I drink.
So one or two pops a day instead of the 3 cups of coffee people drink is most likely not going to do yourself any more harm.
P.S. What is your beverage of choice for staying alert and doing nerdy things?