History MustHaveCaffeine / RealLife

24th Jun '17 2:41:25 AM Piterpicher
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* When Washington State was deciding on a design for their state quarter, they took in many suggestions from the public. One suggestion was a steaming mug of coffee, from the proliferation of coffee shops in the {{Seattle}} area and the frequently gray, cold, and windy weather. Also, [[http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/07/25/study-finds-pacific-coastal-water-is-caffeinated/ even the region's water has measurable levels of caffeine.]]

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* When Washington State was deciding on a design for their state quarter, they took in many suggestions from the public. One suggestion was a steaming mug of coffee, from the proliferation of coffee shops in the {{Seattle}} UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} area and the frequently gray, cold, and windy weather. Also, [[http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/07/25/study-finds-pacific-coastal-water-is-caffeinated/ even the region's water has measurable levels of caffeine.]]
19th Jun '17 12:16:47 PM morane
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* The common Finnish army slang word for coffee is ''petroli'' ("kerosene"), implying coffee is basically to the men the same as what fossil fuels are for the machinery.
15th Jun '17 5:09:53 AM newsguy95
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* Heavy coffee drinkers undergoing surgery may wake up with a massive headache, as a reaction to the anesthetic; so it's not uncommon for caffeine to be added to their IV, in order to lessen the reaction.
25th Mar '17 11:52:41 AM Nohbody
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* Scandinavian, and especially Swedish, culture is known for its "fika": short breaks from work in which everyone in the workplace drinks coffee, small talks and optionally have a cigarette if they are so inclined. This is usually a communal activity, and occurs several times a day.
* In Norway, the equivalent of tea time is called coffee. Just coffee. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, '''coffee''', supper. Preferred black, no milk, no sugar, no cream, no taint upon the pureness of coffee -- though increasing multiculturalism is breaking that tradition little by little. Likewise in Denmark or in Germany and other European countries.
** In Denmark, most people also drink coffee at breakfast, sometimes at lunch and often in the evening if they don't have to get up early the next day (that is, when they don't drink alcohol). Most grown-up Danes are addicted to coffee and can barely last through the day - especially the morning - without it, though caffeine addiction is for some reason not considered an addiction like with nicotine, alcohol and drugs. When you receive guests, you are strongly expected to be able to serve them coffee even if you don't drink it yourself - not just as a polite gesture, but also because most Danes simply cannot make it through a visit of more than a few hours without a cup of coffee (though this most applies until the afternoon, since in the evening most people will have had their necessary daily caffeine fix).



* Finland has the highest consumption of coffee per capita. Naturally followed closely by the rest of the nordic countries. Also the Netherlands was invited to the party (actually pushing Sweden out of the top five)
* In the Finnish Armed Forces, coffee is called ''petroli'', "petroleum" ("kerosene" for US tropers) for two reasons; first, the army brand coffee [[BadToTheLastDrop tastes like kerosene]], and second, it keeps the armed forces running and act as fuel for the personnel.



* Kids get one cup of coffee (frequently cut with milk) in the morning in many places in the South America, Europe and the Middle East. This would have started centuries ago among country people, where little kids got up early to herd sheep or do other simple tasks from a very early age.
25th Mar '17 11:51:47 AM Nohbody
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* TruthInTelevision: Caffeine is physically addictive, and sudden withdrawal from it does induce blinding headaches, extreme fatigue, and near total inability to focus. What's worse is that your body very rapidly become ''dependent'' on it. Estimates are that when you start regularly drinking coffee, you only have about one week until your body adjusts to the caffeine intake, and you are right back where you started, except that now if you don't have your morning cup of coffee, you will be ''worse'' than you were before you started drinking it.
* When Washington State was deciding on a design for their state quarter, they took in many suggestions from the public. One suggestion was a steaming mug of coffee.
** The joke is that {{Seattle}} has an espresso cart on every corner. It's more like two or three ''per block'' in a commercial-zoned area. Even most of the gas stations in Western Washington have a coffee cart operating in the parking lot. It's gray, rainy, cold, and windy for nine months of the year, and it gets dark early due to the higher latitude. Add a large contingent of Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants in the city's early history, the more recent wave of East African immigrants, and a very large medical, scientific, and tech-based workforce; all of which are notorious for being fueled by massive amounts of coffee. [[http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/07/25/study-finds-pacific-coastal-water-is-caffeinated/ Even the region's water has measurable levels of caffeine.]]

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* TruthInTelevision: Caffeine is physically addictive, and sudden withdrawal from it does induce blinding headaches, extreme fatigue, and near total inability to focus. What's worse is that your body very rapidly become ''dependent'' on it. Estimates are that when you start regularly drinking coffee, you only have about one week until your body adjusts to the caffeine intake, and you are right back where you started, except that now if you don't have your morning cup of coffee, you will be ''worse'' than you were before you started drinking it.
* When Washington State was deciding on a design for their state quarter, they took in many suggestions from the public. One suggestion was a steaming mug of coffee.
** The joke is that
coffee, from the proliferation of coffee shops in the {{Seattle}} has an espresso cart on every corner. It's more like two or three ''per block'' in a commercial-zoned area. Even most of area and the gas stations in Western Washington have a coffee cart operating in the parking lot. It's frequently gray, rainy, cold, and windy for nine months of the year, and it gets dark early due to the higher latitude. Add a large contingent of Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants in the city's early history, the more recent wave of East African immigrants, and a very large medical, scientific, and tech-based workforce; all of which are notorious for being fueled by massive amounts of coffee. weather. Also, [[http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2012/07/25/study-finds-pacific-coastal-water-is-caffeinated/ Even even the region's water has measurable levels of caffeine.]]



* [[TheCrystalMaze Richard]] [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow O'Brien]] had to go to rehab for caffeine overdose, reportedly.

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* [[TheCrystalMaze Richard]] [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow O'Brien]] Richard O'Brien, from ''TheCrystalMaze'' and ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', reportedly had to go to rehab for caffeine overdose, reportedly.overdose.



* John Lennon liked Gitane cigarettes and "down and dirty black, ''black'' coffee" according to ''Rolling Stone.''

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* John Lennon liked Gitane cigarettes and "down and dirty black, ''black'' coffee" according to ''Rolling Stone.''Magazine/RollingStone.''



* Coffee was all the rage among Englishmen in the 1700's. There were different coffeehouses for politicians, merchants, sea captains, soldiers, poets, and anything else one can think of. For instance Lloyds was once a mariners and insurers coffeehouse. It was only later that [[ASpotOfTea tea]] became fashionable. In a way, UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire was conquered with coffee and ruled with Tea.



* [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]] is a self-described coffee aficionado (among other things), dedicated at at least two entire shows to it (one for coffee, one for espresso). People have often commented on the very large ''amount'' of coffee he uses just for a standard cup. Alton argues that the more coffee you use the less bitter the brew is.
* Coffee is the second most common trade good in the world behind only oil.
* While any kind of college student can be partial to the bean (particularly around exam and paper due dates), coffee's status in architecture schools approaches sacramental. Likewise lots of professional schools. Medical schools (and by extension the rest of the allied health professions), law schools and business schools are all notorious for housing prodigious numbers of coffee fiends, largely due to heavy workloads and irregular study/practical hours. If a law school or medical school has one commercial enterprise on its premises, chances are it's a coffee shop (although in the case of law schools, this is because setting up a bar on campus is too [[TheAlcoholic uncomfortably apropos]]).
** For sheer MagnificentBastard value, consider the owners/operators of hospital coffee shops. These establishments are frequently the only purveyors of high-quality coffee and tea within at least a mile's radius of the hospital, offer 24-hour service, and accept badge-swipe paycheck deduction for payment. It's small wonder that institutions with such services "suggest" that staff set a cap on their monthly badge funds, to avoid one's ''entire paycheck'' inadvertently going to feed one's caffeine habit.
** Hospital-based healthcare generally is also powered by caffeine, and nowhere more so than in emergency medicine (see also: 24/7/365 duty hours, routine need for SuperDoc levels of diagnostic capability regardless of one's current fatigue level). A common "you might be an ER staffer if" joke describes caffeine and ibuprofen as two of the four basic food groups, and the joke isn't far wrong.
* It's joked that the American library system runs on coffee. Library workers are often notorious for their love of the drink and many public libraries usually have ''multiple'' staff-only machines.
* Coffee was first discovered in what's today Ethiopia (allegedly by a goat farmer who witnessed his animals' strange behavior after they ate coffee berries) and made its way over to pre-Islamic Iraq, where it was used in religious rituals. The rituals involved staying up all night participating in some rites and festivals on certain holidays, and this coffee greatly helped. Eventually, it lost its "special occasion" status, and people started drinking it on a more regular basis.
** The tale of how coffee lost "special occasion" status is quite fascinating. Although it was known in Christian Iraq (Iraq had mostly converted to Christianity a few centuries before the Arabs rolled out of the south), it was in Islamic times that coffee really spread. Sufi Muslim mystics used it to help them meditate, which (as noted) was not a new thing. However, Sufis meditated more often than the Christian Ethiopians and Iraqis, and more importantly, Sufism tends to be very popular with ordinary Muslims, as it recognizes things like saints and shrines and so on, and encourages more direct spiritual connections than other forms of Islam (which, like Judaism, tend to be more legalistic). As a result, demand for coffee grew, and as it happened, Muslim Yemen proved to be an excellent place to grow the stuff. As Yemeni Sufis spread throughout the Muslim world, they brought their custom with them far and wide, which created even greater demand. Eventually, the habit grew roots in Egypt and Anatolia (modern Turkey), where Sufism has been an integral part of the culture. for more or less as long as Islam--or at least Sufism--has been there. Coffeehouses sprang up like mad, and from these two places spread to Europe: Italy got coffee peacefully (through the spice trade, whose center was Cairo), and Austria got it...less peacefully (reportedly from bags of the stuff left behind by Turkish soldiers at the Siege of Vienna). On the other hand, for whatever reason, the coffee-bearing Sufis never managed to get past Iran. (They also didn't get past Libya, but that's another tale entirely.)
* When coffee first became widespread in the Islamic world, religious scholars debated whether or not the caffeine buzz was prohibited under the Islamic ban on drunkenness. Older scholars were firmly against it while the younger generation (who had grown up with regular coffee drinking) were more progressive. Eventually, the older generation died and those in favor of coffee won.

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* [[Series/GoodEats ''Series/GoodEats'' host Alton Brown]] Brown is a self-described coffee aficionado (among other things), dedicated at at least two entire shows to it (one for coffee, one for espresso). People have often commented on the very large ''amount'' of coffee he uses just for a standard cup. Alton argues that the more coffee you use the less bitter the brew is.
* Coffee is the second most common trade good in the world behind only oil.
* While any kind of college student can be partial to the bean (particularly around exam and paper due dates), coffee's status in architecture schools approaches sacramental. Likewise lots of professional schools. Medical schools (and by extension the rest of the allied health professions), law schools and business schools are all notorious for housing prodigious numbers of coffee fiends, largely due to heavy workloads and irregular study/practical hours. If a law school or medical school has one commercial enterprise on its premises, chances are it's a coffee shop (although in the case of law schools, this is because setting up a bar on campus is too [[TheAlcoholic uncomfortably apropos]]).
** For sheer MagnificentBastard value, consider the owners/operators of hospital coffee shops. These establishments are frequently the only purveyors of high-quality coffee and tea within at least a mile's radius of the hospital, offer 24-hour service, and accept badge-swipe paycheck deduction for payment. It's small wonder that institutions with such services "suggest" that staff set a cap on their monthly badge funds, to avoid one's ''entire paycheck'' inadvertently going to feed one's caffeine habit.
** Hospital-based healthcare generally is also powered by caffeine, and nowhere more so than in emergency medicine (see also: 24/7/365 duty hours, routine need for SuperDoc levels of diagnostic capability regardless of one's current fatigue level). A common "you might be an ER staffer if" joke describes caffeine and ibuprofen as two of the four basic food groups, and the joke isn't far wrong.
* It's joked that the American library system runs on coffee. Library workers are often notorious for their love of the drink and many public libraries usually have ''multiple'' staff-only machines.
* Coffee was first discovered in what's today Ethiopia (allegedly by a goat farmer who witnessed his animals' strange behavior after they ate coffee berries) and made its way over to pre-Islamic Iraq, where it was used in religious rituals. The rituals involved staying up all night participating in some rites and festivals on certain holidays, and this coffee greatly helped. Eventually, it lost its "special occasion" status, and people started drinking it on a more regular basis.
** The tale of how coffee lost "special occasion" status is quite fascinating. Although it was known in Christian Iraq (Iraq had mostly converted to Christianity a few centuries before the Arabs rolled out of the south), it was in Islamic times that coffee really spread. Sufi Muslim mystics used it to help them meditate, which (as noted) was not a new thing. However, Sufis meditated more often than the Christian Ethiopians and Iraqis, and more importantly, Sufism tends to be very popular with ordinary Muslims, as it recognizes things like saints and shrines and so on, and encourages more direct spiritual connections than other forms of Islam (which, like Judaism, tend to be more legalistic). As a result, demand for coffee grew, and as it happened, Muslim Yemen proved to be an excellent place to grow the stuff. As Yemeni Sufis spread throughout the Muslim world, they brought their custom with them far and wide, which created even greater demand. Eventually, the habit grew roots in Egypt and Anatolia (modern Turkey), where Sufism has been an integral part of the culture. for more or less as long as Islam--or at least Sufism--has been there. Coffeehouses sprang up like mad, and from these two places spread to Europe: Italy got coffee peacefully (through the spice trade, whose center was Cairo), and Austria got it...less peacefully (reportedly from bags of the stuff left behind by Turkish soldiers at the Siege of Vienna). On the other hand, for whatever reason, the coffee-bearing Sufis never managed to get past Iran. (They also didn't get past Libya, but that's another tale entirely.)
* When coffee first became widespread in the Islamic world, religious scholars debated whether or not the caffeine buzz was prohibited under the Islamic ban on drunkenness. Older scholars were firmly against it while the younger generation (who had grown up with regular coffee drinking) were more progressive. Eventually, the older generation died and those in favor of coffee won.
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* Caffeine is quite habit-forming, and the withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, about as bad as a cold or a weak flu: inability to concentrate, drowsiness, intense headaches, and irritability that last for about a week. The suggested way to get through it is 100 mg of caffeine (one cup of instant coffee) a day and aspirin.
* Italians adore ''strong'' coffee. Very strong. Comparatively, most of the world drinks hot water that's not strong enough to be called coffee.
** Also, the famed Espresso type of coffee was invented in Italy. Why? Because the traditional method was too slow.
** They also like to spice up things by adding it to other things. While things like milk, powdered chocolate, a drop of an alcoholic beverage, or some combination of the above is done everywhere, only they can put a ball of ice cream in a cup and then ''fill it with coffee and a drop of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grappa grappa]]'' (they call it "affogato al caffè", or, in English, "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin drowned into coffee]]").
* In Turkey, people like coffee strong. So much so that in the Balkans, "Turkish coffee" has become a nickname for extremely strong coffee. Indeed, "Turkish Coffee" is a staple at Balkan or Mediterranean cafes and restaurants elsewhere as well. It's typically brewed by boiling the grounds for 5-10 minutes and grinding them extra small.
* Some studies have found that regular doses of caffeine, about 1-2 cups per day, can lower a persons risk of developing some forms of mental degradation later in life, and have been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer's.



* Programmers in general are usually addicted to the stuff. while(!bug_found()) { drink(coffee); try_to_find_bug();}
-->''"A programmer is a well-tuned vending machine. Insert caffeine, receive code."''
-->''"Another pot of coffee down the programming hatch!"''
-->''"Caffeine Allocation Error: COFFEE.SYS missing, Programmer halted."''
-->''"GOSUB:coffee; work;RETURN:"'' (and many more)
* Many coffee users, finding the process of filtering their beans with water too inefficient a delivery device for the precious, precious caffeine molecule, have started eating the beans directly. Chocolate-covered coffee beans have been around since the 1970s for this reason; they're easily available in coffee shops, natural groceries and sweet shops.
* The entire veterinary world runs on caffeine. Especially emergency and referral centers. It has been noted, half-jokingly, in veterinary technology/nursing schools that one of the most important skills for a vet tech/nurse is to know when to go fetch the veterinarian on call more caffeine.
* There is a mention above about a fictional drink called coffetea. This is a real thing (coffee ''mixed with'' tea), they call it 'Yuanyang tea' around UsefulNotes/HongKong and UsefulNotes/{{Taiwan}}.



** So was Music/NeilYoung until Starbucks became involved in a lawsuit to stop a Vermont law that requires GMO foods to be labeled. [[http://neilyoung.com/?frontpage=true He says he'll forego his morning latte]] until they come clean about their involvement. He even wrote a song about it: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC2DpGaykaI A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop]]".

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** So was * Music/NeilYoung was a Starbucks supporter until Starbucks became involved in a lawsuit to stop a Vermont law that requires GMO foods to be labeled. [[http://neilyoung.com/?frontpage=true He says he'll forego his morning latte]] until they come clean about their involvement. He even wrote a song about it: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC2DpGaykaI A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop]]".



* Gerard and Mikey Way of Music/MyChemicalRomance.
* Since amphetamines are no longer easily available to people, mathematicians have been forced to settle for coffee. A variously attributed quote on the matter:
-->''"A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems."''
* Certain individuals, wanting to turn their dosage of caffeine UpToEleven have, through experimentation, developed "[[KlatchianCoffee Student Coffee]]", AKA "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Coffin Varnish]]". It involves brewing coffee with cola (usually Dr. Pepper), energy drinks, or yesterday's coffee.
* While it's something of a stereotype to presume that the average gamer is sitting in the middle of a triangle consisting of controllers, processed cheese snacks, and two-liter bottles of soda, several manufacturers of caffeinated beverages have tried to appeal to the gamer market, most notably Mountain Dew, though Bawls and Red Bull are also strong contenders. At least one of the three can be found at most all-night game sessions, especially at gaming centers. This may have something to do with bottles and cans of soda being safer to imbibe without looking than a hot cup of coffee, and therefore less risky for distracted players and the establishments they frequent.

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%% * Gerard and Mikey Way of Music/MyChemicalRomance.
* Since amphetamines are no longer easily available to people, mathematicians have been forced to settle for coffee. A variously attributed quote on the matter:
-->''"A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems."''
* Certain individuals, wanting to turn their dosage of caffeine UpToEleven have, through experimentation, developed "[[KlatchianCoffee Student Coffee]]", AKA "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Coffin Varnish]]". It involves brewing coffee with cola (usually Dr. Pepper), energy drinks, or yesterday's coffee.
* While it's something of a stereotype to presume that the average gamer is sitting in the middle of a triangle consisting of controllers, processed cheese snacks, and two-liter bottles of soda, several manufacturers of caffeinated beverages have tried to appeal to the gamer market, most notably Mountain Dew, though Bawls and Red Bull are also strong contenders. At least one of the three can be found at most all-night game sessions, especially at gaming centers. This may have something to do with bottles and cans of soda being safer to imbibe without looking than a hot cup of coffee, and therefore less risky for distracted players and the establishments they frequent.
Music/MyChemicalRomance.



* If you are a touring musician, coffee and energy drinks will be your ''lifeblood''. Between lengthy drives, irregular and frequently nonexistent sleep schedules (best defined as "sleeping in shithole motels or on some dude's floor for a few hours before you have to bounce"), the need to stave off hangovers after nights of heavy drinking, load-in times that are ''far'' too early, and a need to not be half-dead when you're actually on stage, you will worship those substances and treat them as if they were truly gifts from the gods. Next to discount department stores and Guitar Center locations, Dunkin' Donuts and Tim Horton's will be the most important non-venue landmarks while on tour.



* In stage crew, it's very common for the whole crew to be drinking strong coffee when not actively changing the scene. Likewise, it is commonly said that the stage manager is fueled by coffee and rage.
* Seeing how [[UsefulNotes/{{ADHD}} ADHD]] is often treated with amphetamines, many people either self-medicate or supplement their meds with copious amounts of caffeine.
9th Mar '17 8:15:36 PM runaway4444
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* Finland has the highest consumption of coffee per capita. Naturally followed closely by the rest of the nordic countries. Also the Netherlandsc was invited to the party (actually pushing Sweden out of the top five)

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* Finland has the highest consumption of coffee per capita. Naturally followed closely by the rest of the nordic countries. Also the Netherlandsc Netherlands was invited to the party (actually pushing Sweden out of the top five)
9th Mar '17 8:14:57 PM runaway4444
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* Finland has the highest consumption of coffee per capita. Naturally followed closely by the rest of the nordic countries. Also Holland was invited to the party (actually pushing Sweden out of the top five)

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* Finland has the highest consumption of coffee per capita. Naturally followed closely by the rest of the nordic countries. Also Holland the Netherlandsc was invited to the party (actually pushing Sweden out of the top five)
29th Dec '16 11:18:32 AM nombretomado
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* Surrealist film director DavidLynch has his own brand of coffee and reportedly drinks 18 cups a day, whilst practicing transcendental meditation. This may explain a thing or two about his work...

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* Surrealist film director DavidLynch Creator/DavidLynch has his own brand of coffee and reportedly drinks 18 cups a day, whilst practicing transcendental meditation. This may explain a thing or two about his work...
21st Jun '16 7:25:34 PM gewunomox
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** So was NeilYoung until Starbucks became involved in a lawsuit to stop a Vermont law that requires GMO foods to be labeled. [[http://neilyoung.com/?frontpage=true He says he'll forego his morning latte]] until they come clean about their involvement. He even wrote a song about it: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC2DpGaykaI A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop]]".

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** So was NeilYoung Music/NeilYoung until Starbucks became involved in a lawsuit to stop a Vermont law that requires GMO foods to be labeled. [[http://neilyoung.com/?frontpage=true He says he'll forego his morning latte]] until they come clean about their involvement. He even wrote a song about it: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC2DpGaykaI A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop]]".
9th Jun '16 4:48:28 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheCrystalMaze Richard]] [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow O'Brien]] had to go to rehab for caffeine overdose, reportedly.

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* [[TheCrystalMaze Richard]] [[TheRockyHorrorPictureShow [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow O'Brien]] had to go to rehab for caffeine overdose, reportedly.
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