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New Bacterium Lives On Caffeine

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the like-it-likes-its-women dept.

Science 121

Kozar_The_Malignant writes "A newly-described species of bacterium, Pseudomonas putida has been found to live on pure caffeine. The little jaspers metabolize caffeine into carbon dioxide and ammonia. They were found living in a flower bed on the University of Iowa campus, not in the drain of an espresso machine as one might expect. The paper presenting the research will be presented at the American Society for Microbiology meeting in New Orleans this month where caffeine metabolism will have to contend with the traditional ethanol metabolism."

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121 comments

We must be related (5, Funny)

toygeek (473120) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234436)

But when I ingest caffeine it just makes my pee smell like coffee.

Re:We must be related (1)

Sene (1794986) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234788)

Maybe you should add asparagus to your coffee to have some variations?

Re:We must be related (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235164)

But when I ingest caffeine it just makes my pee smell like coffee.

Unless of course its tea.

Re:We must be related (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235980)

But when I ingest caffeine it just makes my pee smell like coffee.

Diabetes???

Re:We must be related (1)

toygeek (473120) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236084)

Nope! Diabetes free, tested recently :)

Re:We must be related (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236400)

Nope! Diabetes free, tested recently :)

Lucky you!

Re:We must be related (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36236096)

Holy shit, there are a lot of junkies in here!
Somehow it seems you not only aren't ashamed, you're actually proud of it.
s/caffeine/alcohol/, and you might realize, how disturbing this is.
And for what?

You all are aware, that after some time, caffeine usage, like with any drug, gives you absolutely nothing?
All that is left, is the illusion of becoming more awake, while in reality, you will be normal awake with the caffeine, and less awake without it.

You know what? I can do that, and not be less awake ever, without having to drink lots of unhealthy stuff every day. ^^
Which means I'm a much better programmer, in the long run.

Now what, bitches? ^^

Re:We must be related (1)

lostmongoose (1094523) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236546)

u mad?

WARNING! SPY DETECTED! (1)

Tirs (195467) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236776)

Okay, pal. Where did you come from? RIAA? MPAA? SGAE? Spit it!
You are obviously somebody from the Other Side in an undercover job, trying to bomb /. from inside. Definitely NOT a geek.

In a related note, I drink 2-3 espressos a day, just because I like the strong taste of the carefully roasted beans. And I'm not addicted at all: when I travel to non-coffee countries like England or Japan (we continental Europeans don't call that crap "coffee" but rather "mopping water"), I have no side effects at all: I just live without coffee for two or more weeks.

The U.S. was in the "no coffee" list a few years ago, but looks like some areas are finally discovering REAL coffee (i.e. espresso).

Re:WARNING! SPY DETECTED! (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237130)

Um. You can get espresso in the UK. I've always assumed that "real" coffee is not about the strength, it's about the quality of the beans. You can make super strong coffee with cheap beans and it still won't taste as good as a better variety at a reasonable strength.

Re:WARNING! SPY DETECTED! (1)

Tirs (195467) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237170)

Of course! One thing is a good coffee, which is dark brown, creamy, aromatic and (to my taste) with a hint of sourness, and the other is a black, bitter coffee which usually hides the lack of real aroma with a strong bitterness and smell of "toasted" more than roasted.

So, finally UKers got decent coffee? That's good news!

But... do you agree that our Anonymous Coward above is an undercover agent? No geek would claim that "Caffeine is bad" or compare it with alcohol!

Re:WARNING! SPY DETECTED! (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237368)

We don't get consistently good coffee, there's the typical Starbucks/Costas on every street corner which serve okay coffee. At work there used to be a guy who was really into his coffee, so I got consistently good stuff back then.

Well actually, I agree with him :p It's the reason I don't go to our local specialty coffee shop and get coffee myself - because I'd drink it all the time. I only drink coffee when someone else at work makes it, and even then I tend to drink it very slowly throughout the day rather than chucking it back. I have a very addictive/obsessive personality, which can be destructive if I'm not careful. These days I am trying to channel it into things that I see as more positive addictions/obsessions, such as healthy eating and exercise.

I love the taste of coffee, but the caffeine.. not so much.

Re:WARNING! SPY DETECTED! (1)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237892)

God Bless America for having the Boston Tea Party and getting rid of you tea sucking b***ards as a primary source of influence for our drinks.

Re:We must be related (1)

wiedzmin (1269816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36239254)

When I ingest caffeine, it gives me a mother of all heartburns these days. FML.

The little jaspers metabolize caffeine into carbon dioxide and ammonia.

That could explain it.

Hard to Find at First (5, Funny)

tarsi210 (70325) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234444)

Word is they were pretty hard to find at first, on account of them vibrating right off the slide.

Re:Hard to Find at First (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234656)

Word is they were pretty hard to find at first, on account of them vibrating right off the slide.

Hard to find? Don't be silly. I actually think the story is somewhat redundant. These chaps have been vibrating off the slide and finding their way into the IT department for years...

Great (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234456)

Pretty soon they'll start infesting coffee and energy drink factories. Then we're really fucked.

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234580)

Fucked? Caffeine booze, man!

Re:Great (4, Funny)

digitig (1056110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234992)

Fizzy ammonia doesn't do it for me.

Re:Great (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235470)

Actually, if they can get these things to leave... leavings... less offensive than ammonia, this could well be a boon for decaf coffee. Washing the caffeine out without effecting anything else is apparently really difficult.

Re:Great (3, Informative)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235508)

Methylene chloride does the job quite well, with minimal effect on taste, but some people get scared when they hear that a solvent has touched their coffee beans (never mind that it's long gone). As a result, decaf often is processed by some crappy extraction method. If you can get the real solvent stuff, it's quite good. Heck, you could even make your own... and once you pour off the methylene chloride, you can rotovap it and extract your caffeine for when you need it. (If you've got a liquid nitrogen trap, you can even recover the methylene chloride this way.)

Re:Great (3, Funny)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235526)

I have a hard enough time even bothering to use my bean grinder!

Re:Great (2)

adamofgreyskull (640712) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235664)

Good. If you grind your bean too often you'll go blind.

Re:Great (3, Insightful)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235808)

Why would you need a liquid nitrogen trap? Methylene chloride boils at 39 point something C.

Supercritical CO2 is a good solvent for decaffeination and presents no hazard of residue (even if the process gets screwed up) and better workplace safety.

Re:Great (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235922)

I dunno about the workplace safety bit... supercritical CO2 is pretty high pressure. Not so high as a high pressure scuba tank, but still high enough that I wouldn't want to be around a failing (or more likely improperly closed) pressure vessel.

On the plus side, though, you can use your pressure vessels to make aerogel if the decaffeination thing doesn't work out...

Re:Great (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236330)

100 bar is nothing to sneeze at, but employee compliance is simple and there won't be any lawsuits 20 years latter alleging some mysterious link to a laundry list of vague symptoms (or worse, a well documented link to a list of very expensive symptoms). Also a lot less EPA problems.

Re:Great (1)

benhattman (1258918) | more than 3 years ago | (#36239156)

I have never understood the point of decaf coffee. It's not the grandest tasting beverage in the world. If you want a drink with no caffeine that tastes a little bitter and has zero calories, try one of the many uncaffeinated varieties of tea. If you want a hot beverage that tastes good, how about hot cider or hot chocolate. If you're just thirsty, drink some water.

Alright, cue the karma destruction, since I just dissed something about coffee. It's alright, I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I'm used to being shunned for my disinterest in coffee.

Re:Great (1)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 3 years ago | (#36239356)

Some of us really do enjoy the taste of a decent cup of coffee (not the over-roasted, burnt, over-extracted-yet-weak-and-bodiless crap that's currently popular from your neck of the woods). Add a little half-and-half and you've got a lovely little emulsion. I can't take caffeine too late, but decaf with dessert can be just as tasty and satisfying.

Ah, I wouldn't worry (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237200)

Well, I don't have much experience with bacteria, but based on my experience with other life forms that live on caffeine... as Baldrick would say, "I have a cunning plan, milord."

We just need to get them hooked on powerpoint too.Then they'll spend half the day in meetings to decide

- whether the background should be #C0C0C0 or #C0C0C1,

- who's to blame for one string being 1 pixel shorter in the browser compared to some mockups done in Photoshop,

- why can't the application be ready by next week by just adding a little code to the HTML mockup. I mean, the important part is already done, right?

- why it absolutely needs JAXB to transform the data to XML and back between the data access layer and the GUI, because the boss just read that buzzword in some PR ragazine,

- whether 10 MB of animated graphics per page is almost enough, given that the boss's best buddy has a graphics design agency and is getting the contract for those graphics

- how to fix database performance, given that the IT department won't do either of (A) actually doing their job and tuning that database, or (B) allow someone else access to do it, and (C) has no room in the racks for extra hardware to fix it by brute force either

Etc.

Throw in a few "team building" meetings and the like, and next thing you know, they're needing overtime just to make up for all the time spent in those productivity-building meetings and have no more time or interest in reproducing :p

There's also a slime mold that lives on caffeine. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234472)

It's called the Sales Department.

But... (4, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234486)

...are they good programmers?

Re:But... (2)

illumastorm (172101) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234564)

Not really, but they are great at geometric expansion problems

Re:But... (4, Funny)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235082)

No, but they don't need to be. This is the million-monkeys problem: I'm sure a few trillion bacteria would eventually crank out better code than the mouth-breathing jackass two cubicles over.

Re:But... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235300)

No, but they don't need to be. This is the million-monkeys problem: I'm sure a few trillion bacteria would eventually crank out better code than the mouth-breathing jackass two cubicles over.

In other news, the Indian economy just imploded.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235904)

The fact that you work somewhere that hires mouth-breathing jackasses says as much about you as it says about the jackass. Criticize your coworkers and you criticize yourself. Real professionals know this.

Re:But... (1)

ifrag (984323) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237722)

Perhaps the bacteria can be trained to do code reviews. Then the monkeys work might finally get used.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36238848)

No, that'll never work. It's not that a millon-monkeys (or a few trillion bacteria) can't crank out Shakespeare. It's that management can't settle on Shakespeare being the desired output.

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36237276)

Oh great, now we can even have bugs in our coffee?!

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36238714)

"...are they good programmers?"

You're thinking of viruses.

Oh? (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234604)

And what does its close cousin, Pseudomonas Pendejo, live on?

Re:Oh? (1)

Kozz (7764) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234816)

And what does its close cousin, Pseudomonas Pendejo, live on?

Just a wild guess, but it's gotta be Tecate, the only Mexican beer I'd seen served in a can (not bottle) so many years back, and the only one I simply could not STAND. But I might be getting it mixed up with Pseudomonas Cabrón.

Re:Oh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36238614)

And what does its close cousin, Pseudomonas Pendejo, live on?

Just a wild guess, but it's gotta be Tecate, the only Mexican beer I'd seen served in a can (not bottle) so many years back, and the only one I simply could not STAND. But I might be getting it mixed up with Pseudomonas Cabrón.

Actually most Mexican beers are served in a can: Corona Extra, Leon, Carta Blanca, Modelo, Sol, Pacifico, XX Lager, just to mention a few.

Re:Oh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234950)

No clue, but species names aren't supposed to be capitalized.

Re:Oh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235126)

No clue, but species names aren't supposed to be capitalized.

What about punch lines?

I now believe (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234698)

This changes my stance on evolution. Now I am 99.999% certain that I evolved from this particular type of bacteria.

Re:I now believe (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234908)

Or they evolved from you.

Re:I now believe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235648)

Sounds like a new variation on Miller-Urey.

Just stick some bacteria in a flagon and give them a little Jolt!

Re:I now believe (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236254)

Jolt cola?

The source of Slashcode! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234726)

And it explains all the dupes on Slashdot - stories breed like bacteria.

Of course you know, this means war. (4, Insightful)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234752)

You can't just go around metabolizing people's caffeine and expect no retribution. We need that caffeine to survive boring meetings.

Re:Of course you know, this means war. (1)

heathen_01 (1191043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36238448)

Great, that just means we will have antibiotic resistant caffeine eating bacteria.

Nuuuuuu! (5, Insightful)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234764)

Kill it! Kill it with fire! It must be stopped! Don't let it take our caffeine!

Re:Nuuuuuu! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234878)

This! This! This!

Not really news (1)

Linsaran (728833) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234768)

They're at a university and they live on caffeine. So they're just like any other university student right?

Re:Not really news (2)

smitty97 (995791) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235884)

here in America, students live on beer and pizza

Re:Not really news (1)

dev.null.matt (2020578) | more than 3 years ago | (#36239196)

That depends on major. Computer Science majors live on Mt Dew and Pizza.

If they could just get the loop (2)

Bodhammer (559311) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234876)

If they could just get the metabolism loop the run on caffeine in the daylight and feed into the alcohol metabolism at night I would be in heaven!

Re:If they could just get the loop (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235520)

No, no, no. You don't want to metabolize the alcohol at night - you want to metabolize the alcohol just before waking up. You want it to hang around at night.

Re:If they could just get the loop (1)

cusco (717999) | more than 3 years ago | (#36238120)

Not so sure. The only thing worse than waking up with a hangover is gradually getting one as the day goes along because you woke up still drunk.

Remedies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234896)

I suggest they locate the coffee machine presumably situated in a room somewhere about said flower bed, and give it a cleaning.

Boring (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | more than 3 years ago | (#36234964)

Yours sincerely has been doing it for ages now!

I, for one, welcome our new microbial overlords (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36234966)

You realize that we're all going to be out of jobs, right?

The free market will decide to employ the most efficient critters at converting caffeine into CO2 and ammonia. The fact that our new overlords will skip the intermediate step of writing code / designing circuits / creating proofs / etc. will be dismissed as "not relevant to adding to shareholder value".

1. Caffeine
2. (intermediate steps skipped)
3. Waste (CO2 + ammonia)
4. Profit!

Newly described (0, Offtopic)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235072)

Nitpick: it's "newly described species", not "newly-described species". A hyphen is used to separate multiple adjectives when they modify the same noun. The word "newly" is an adverb, so it's clear that it modifies the adjective "described". The hyphen is used to disambiguate: "fifteen minute presentations" could be grouped either as "fifteen (minute presentations)" or "(fifteen minute) presentations". If the latter was meant, "fifteen-minute presentations" makes that clear.

I sometimes add the hyphen myself on accident, but it's not necessary.

Re:Newly described (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235202)

pedantic-much?

Re:Newly described (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235274)

Correctness displays cognitive skill, precision, and the ability to produce excellent results.

People who lack these qualities always try to disparage them. Your envy just makes you look like even more of a jackass.

Re:Newly described (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235276)

Calm down, he's trying to educate people about proper English. You couldn't even be bothered to use capitalization.

Re:Newly described (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235304)

It was a clear, descriptive, polite and helpful nitpick, at least.

Re:Newly described (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236970)

There's a fine line between pointless pedantry and useful precision in language. To me this is just over the line on the side of useful precision, since it brings to light an ambiguity (see my example) that can be easily missed. Of course it's off topic, but I didn't feel like discussing a bacterium that lives on caffeine.

Re:Newly described (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235478)

Yeah-I-can-t-stand-it-when-people-do-that-shit-.

Re:Newly described (2)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235654)

A hyphen is used to separate multiple adjectives when they modify the same noun.

Nitpick: in the phrase "fifteen-minute presentations", the words fifteen and minute are not adjectives that both modify "presentations". "Fifteen-minute", as a phrase, consists of two nouns functioning as a single adjectival phrase to describe yet another noun, "presentations". In construction, this is quite similar to an ablative absolute in Latin, although the lack of case in English nouns and the corresponding use of English words as multiple parts of speech makes the situation murky. Ask a linguist. Also, "fifteen minute presentations" is inherently ambiguous unless referring to 15 physically small presentations. One should use either "fifteen-minute presentations" or "fifteen one-minute presentations".

One might also point out that while the meaning of "newly described species" is unambiguous without the hyphen, its inclusion may assist the reader in quickly drawing the connection between the words, and thus be an appropriate stylistic device despite being grammatically unnecessary.

Oh, and it's your turn.

Re:Newly described (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236192)

multiple parts of speech makes the situation murky. Ask a linguist. Also, "fifteen minute

WOAH, wait... Stop-Right-There, buddy: What does the player of a linguine noodle strung instrument have to do with Language?!

Re:Newly described (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236962)

Thanks for correcting me. I should not have called them adjectives.

Also, "fifteen minute presentations" is inherently ambiguous unless referring to 15 physically small presentations.

Nitpick: this phrase is ambiguous even if it's referring to 15 physically small presentations. The author's intent and their actual wording are not always the same.

Maybe if I make this message short enough, there won't be anything in it to nitpick :).

Re:Newly described (1)

cusco (717999) | more than 3 years ago | (#36238138)

Just to be nitpickier . . . it's 'by accident', not 'on accident'.

I knew this already. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235110)

Because if you drink enough mountian dew... You can see the future.

Not very nice! (2)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235166)

They shouldn't be calling coders bacteria. Plus, they forgot pizza!

Get Back! (3, Funny)

Cylix (55374) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235196)

Stay away from my precious!

Oblig (2)

ic3p1ck (597610) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235352)

I, for one, welcome our caffiene metabolizing bacteria overlords...

better "department" (4, Funny)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235388)

from the spit-it-out-you-wee-bastard department

P. putida is definitely NOT a "new species." (4, Insightful)

mevans86 (931724) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235424)

Come on, Slashdot! Pseudomonas putida is not new! Chemists have been using it for the biochemical oxidation of aromatic compounds for decades. The CBB5 designator, as boring as it is, is the new species identifier.

Re:P. putida is definitely NOT a "new species." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36236654)

Yeah, the article was written a little lopsidedly. One of the researchers involved is quoted as saying ""This work, for the first time, demonstrates the enzymes and genes utilized by bacteria to live on caffeine".... noting that previous research had located caffeine consumption in other microbe species before."

So finding a bacterium which can digest the caffeine is nothing new, what's new is that they've identified the genes and enzymes responsible.

Look... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235426)

I know people like to pick on grad students, but to call them bacterium is a little harsh.

Hey!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36235468)

Oh for the love of Junior Johnson!

I know I'm short, but come on! I'm not THAT short!!!

Let's see how they like it when this "bacteria" breaks their kneecaps!

Perpetual Percolation (3, Interesting)

ArcCoyote (634356) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235484)

So how much heat can these little guys produce metabolizing caffeine? Because if it's substantial, you could feed them coffee grounds, and use the heat to power a coffee machine...

Re:Perpetual Percolation (1)

ledow (319597) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236848)

Genius.

Re:Perpetual Percolation (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237082)

If I were you I wouldn't let these little buggers anywhere near a coffee machine or you'll soon have an office plague on your hands... But at least being quarantined together with the coffee machine beats being quarantined without access to coffee at all!

Re:Perpetual Percolation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36238226)

If they produce CO2 and NH3 - in a bio environment - adding active compost is getting too close to ANFO fo' comfort. If they survive in your gut, that could happen, eventually.

Maybe its about time to kick the caffeine habit, then. Guess "khat" (or "chat") is worth a try. Or maybe just chewing betel. Hm. betel chewing gum?

old news (1)

lostros (260405) | more than 3 years ago | (#36235672)

I think I "discovered" this bacterium years ago, he was named harold and worked right next to me...

Son of a bitch! (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236244)

Well fuck, first Small Pox, then Ebola, now this? Fucking fuck. THE END IS NEAR!!!

Is it called... (3, Funny)

macson_g (1551397) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236390)

Softwarium Developerium?

Math (2)

pieisgood (841871) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236414)

They've found a whole species of future mathematicians, though probably not the best. If they survived on pure amphetamines we'd be on our way towards a mathematical revolution.

Flower bed (1)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36236868)

So that's where everybody throws their leftover coffee!

Re:Flower bed (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237508)

My thinking exactly.

Re:Flower bed (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36238516)

This is purely anecdotal but it really does seem to help the plants grow. Tea is supposed to be better but I usually don't have any left over.

What's The Difference? (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237110)

Bacterium living on caffeine, or Mac fanbois posing in Starbucks?

I see none.

Re:What's The Difference? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36238834)

Size mostly.

Evil Mastermind (1)

WizardMarnok (2032762) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237466)

An evil mastermind could destroy the western world by making this infectious - every human with this in their gut will be unable to get the effects of caffiene because the bacteria will have used it all before it hits the bloodsteam.

TFA must be accurate (1)

Old Sparky (675061) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237588)

I had to enable Java to read it.

Unusual (1)

PlasmaEye (1128377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36237638)

I attend the University of Iowa and I'm surprised it's living off of caffeine in a flower bed. I would've thought it would have either been alcohol or alcohol-infused vomit. Although, those caffeine-infused beers are quite popular around here.

Ah crap (1)

gregor-e (136142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36238270)

I guess this means I'll have to start washing my coffee mug, after all.

Flower bed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36238564)

Wait, what kind of flowers produce caffeine? Or were they being watered with Mt Dew and coffee grounds?

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