Since Mountain Dew isn't readily available in Germany it had some kind of mythical quality to me after hearing about it in the context of gaming nights. The most prominent occasion being certainly that cool little video were some guys play out some typically absurd RPG stuff (one casting Magic Missle to attack the darkness...in lack of other targets) and one guy is rummaging around in the kitchen. Guy in the kitchen shouting:"Where is the Mountain Dew?" Gamemaster/Host:"It's in the fridge, duh!"
One day I saw it, in an English foods store ironically, and of course had to try it. I made myself ready for that unique special taste never tasted before...and was sooo disappointed when I realized this tastes exactly like Sprite/Seven up etc. just with caffeine added! Disappointed to this day...
Since Mountain Dew isn't readily available in Germany it had some kind of mythical quality to me after hearing about it in the context of gaming nights.
I made myself ready for that unique special taste never tasted before...and was sooo disappointed when I realized this tastes exactly like Sprite/Seven up etc. just with caffeine added! Disappointed to this day...
Hey, I'm with you. I can get Mountain Dew any day of the week back home, and I never understood its attraction.
I think it's because it has a little bit of extra caffeine, 54mg per 12oz can. This is compared to 38mg for a Pepsi or 34mg for a Coke. Hardly enough to notice the difference! By comparison a 6oz cup of coffee contains 50-150mg caffeine. If you really want a sugared soft drink with caffeine, Pepsi MAX has 69mg of caffeine per can, much more than Mountain Dew.
The secret to Mountain Dew's success is its marketing. It's really effective among a certain group. They believe the advertising wholeheartedly and make the product part of their self-image. Just think how disappointed Geeky McDork would be to find a refrigerator full of root beer instead of his favorite product sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Think of the advertising for Mountain Dew Code Red...now imagine a different advertising campaign, one that concentrated on what the product actually is: a children's strawberry soda.
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So I was curious if any of you have known anyone to take stratera or adderall to game better, and if that would work in a drink. Much more, what would your preferred carbonation/flavor be?
Strattera is useless as a stimulant, or for pretty much anything other than the intended indication. It's big pharma's belated success at creating at creating an ADHD medication that's totally unfun.
As for adderall, it's racemic amphetamine salts. You can dissolve amphetamine salts in a drink just fine, and it would even take effect somewhat faster than the pill form. There's only the slight problem of it being thoroughly illegal in pretty much the entire world.
If your goal were actually to help your gaming performance, you'd be better off with methylphenidate (Ritalin) which has proven to have some nootropic (memory/learning/retention promoting) potential. It also measurably improves test taking performance, which I'd assume uses some similar cognitive skills to boardgaming.
As for my personal experience, let's just call it extensive. Drug use with boardgaming at least has the benefit of being self-limiting. Anything too strong or in too great a quantity just won't be compatible.
Since Mountain Dew isn't readily available in Germany ... and was sooo disappointed when I realized this tastes exactly like Sprite/Seven up etc. just with caffeine added! Disappointed to this day...
Yup, it's nothing special, though I do like it a bit better than "standard" lemon/lime type sodas.
To make it really good, try it with a shot of Jack Daniels...
It does taste different than the clear ones, but yeah, it's nothing special.
I used to be obsessed with Mountain dew when I was like . . . 11-17. I drew a comic called 'Dew Man' where the hero drank mountain dew for his powers. I drank it all the time. Then when I was in college, I drank probably three liters of it on a night where I got some kind of food poisoning, and spent all morning evacuating all three liters from most of the holes in my body. I couldn't drink it from a bottle after that.
I still crave it once in a while, but I haven't had anything but water for over two and a half years now.
I no longer do the dew.
Edit: a big thing about it is that the bubbles are smaller. It makes it really easy to drink a lot of it at once!
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