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Is it true

  1. Apr 14, 2006 #1

    wolram

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    This guy was telling me that fast food places serve 1/2 gallon cups of
    coffee in the US, i am sure he is pulling my leg as anyone would bust their
    bladder drinking that much.
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2006 #2
    im on the border and ive traveled around in the states. ive never seen 1/2 gallon. Though i know people who would LOVE 1/2 gallon cups of coffee.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2006 #3

    Mk

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    They have half gallon cokes at 7-11 called Big Gulp I think. No half gallon coffees. That would be a doozy to spill on your lap.
     
  5. Apr 14, 2006 #4

    Pengwuino

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    Never seen one...
     
  6. Apr 14, 2006 #5

    wolram

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    He did say long island i think, i do not know if that makes any difference.
     
  7. Apr 14, 2006 #6

    JamesU

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    KFC sells 1/2 gallon sodas (or they used to)
     
  8. Apr 14, 2006 #7

    wolram

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    1/2 gallon of anything is ott, well maybe not beer, it seems this guy was
    mixed up, he had the quantity right though, 1/2 gallon of soda, i would be
    burping for a week.
     
  9. Apr 14, 2006 #8

    Evo

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    I can't imagine drinking a 1/2 gallon of anything in one sitting.
     
  10. Apr 14, 2006 #9

    JamesU

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    It took 4 hours to finish a 1/2 gallon of soda...it also took us 1 week to finish a 1/2 gallon of milk
     
  11. Apr 14, 2006 #10
    I use to drink half a gallon of milk in one day, frequently. Back when I could eat all I wanted and not gain weight.
     
  12. Apr 14, 2006 #11

    FredGarvin

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    I used to live on Long Island and I have never seen a half gallon coffee. How much does a standard caraffe hold?

    As much as I love coffee, I can't imagine drinking that much in one sitting...before it got cold. My sister did, as a joke, find a 7-11 insulated mug that holds 24 oz...but even that is too much.

    The super big gulp is just incredibly stupid. Just what we need to let kids have.
     
  13. Apr 14, 2006 #12
    A half-gallon of liquid isn't really that much. It's 8 8oz glasses of water, which is what we're all supposed to be drinking anyway.

    Now that much in one sitting is another matter. I've seen a gallon of milk go down in under 2 minutes, but the results were not pretty.
     
  14. Apr 15, 2006 #13
    Speedway gas station, sells half gallons of coffee in giant mugs for $5.00. And yes I have bought one to share on a long road trip.
     
  15. Apr 15, 2006 #14

    Pengwuino

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    Yah you're suppose to get 64oz in one day, not one hour :P... and that's water.

    I heard a rumor that your body literally can't handle a gallon of milk in less then an hour... anyone know the truth behind that?
     
  16. Apr 15, 2006 #15

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    Yeah, it's not a rumor. I had some friends test that while in med school (after hearing a radio show running a contest challenging people to do it and thinking that they loved milk, so how hard could it be?). Two of them tried it, and neither could finish the gallon, and were both pretty sick as a result. Only AFTER they attempted it did they do the stomach volume/digestion rate calculation and realized that a normal human stomach just isn't big enough, and doesn't empty fast enough (remember, it's not just water, which could empty more quickly), to permit consumption of a gallon of milk in less than an hour (I'd suspect there are some morbidly obese people who have managed to increase their stomach capacity enough to accomplish it though).

    The largest coffee I've seen is the Venti size at Starbucks. That's more coffee than anyone needs in a single sitting, but that's still not a half gallon. It was probably an exaggeration. I've seen those giant drinks at the convenience stores, and I just don't get it. I've also seen kids...KIDS...walking around with 2L bottles of soda the way we used to walk around with an 8 oz bottle, and then people wonder why we have such an obesity epidemic. When I was a kid, getting a half of a cup of soda once a day was a big treat, now kids are drinking 2 L in a single sitting (a 2 L bottle used to last our family of 4 a full week, and even then, we sometimes threw some out because it went flat before it was consumed). About the only use I could see for those giant cups would be for someone who works outdoors all day, like a construction worker, and then only if you get a little soda and then fill the thing with ice so you have a gallon of cold water in the cup to stay hydrated all day long.
     
  17. Apr 15, 2006 #16

    No, its more milk than anyone needs in a single sitting. its hardly any coffee.
     
  18. Apr 15, 2006 #17
    I think he got confused with the metric system.
     
  19. Apr 15, 2006 #18

    Moonbear

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    Not if you just get coffee! You don't have to get a latte there, you know (not that I know anyone with a stomach strong enough to withstand their paint thinner...erm...I mean coffee...undiluted).
     
  20. Apr 15, 2006 #19

    wolram

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    KIA, bought me a mug with, Worlds best dad on it :blushing: that holds
    two normal cups, and the coffee is usually cold before i finish it, but i like
    cold coffee. :biggrin:
     
  21. Apr 15, 2006 #20

    Even I wouldn't order that much espresso. it would go bad before you could drink it.
     
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