We Know the Lion By Its Coffee
“There are more universities, Horatio…”
We read daily about breakthroughs (usually about cancer) made at notable universities.
But sometimes the universities get it wrong. Northumbria University, for example, has suffered real damages.
The university almost lost two students who were given a dose of caffeine equivalent to 300 cups of coffee. Multiply that by $5, and that’s $1500 in coffee. That’s how much they ingested. But unlike LSD or marijuana, whose overdose is not life-threatening, it is with caffeine.
This dose was accidentally given to the students in the experiment, the goal of which was to study the effects of caffeine during physical exercise.
By the way, try not to combine smoking and tennis or volleyball and smoking. Two of my friends have already died from heart attack for this reason, and they weren’t that old.
But at Northumbrian University, apparently, they didn’t get the chance to complete their study, and their grants crumbled to dust. Otherwise, we would have read on some website the extremely valuable news that a cup of coffee before training is bad or vice versa (while the opposite is good).
The subjects were eventually saved using dialysis, and then university paid out half a million dollars. Thanks to the procedure, the students lost 20lbs, but not how we usually do it.
“So what does this have to do with vision?” you might ask. Coffee doesn’t have any effect on vision, but it can have a significant impact on mood, especially when it’s good. And at Benjamin Eye Institute, the espresso is incredibly good, even though it isn’t a coffee shop.
The reason, I think, is simple: it’s their perfectionism. So if you are careless, or one of those people that is skeptical of everything, and aren’t interested in the surgeon’s diplomas, experience, surgical team, or equipment before your operation, then just ask for a cup of coffee.
For it is written: “Ex ungue leonem”, or “we know the lion by its coffee claw”.
PS It would be a good ending, but I advise not to limit yourself to a cup of coffee. Always try to learn everything!
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Text and photos: Sebastian Varo