Pepsi Blew: No man born of woman is capable of such a task.
November 20, 2004 11:15 PM   Subscribe

"I will drink Pepsi Holiday Spice for 45 days, and nothing water, milk, nothing...but Pepsi Holiday Spice."
posted by naxosaxur (55 comments total)
Sounds like someone just watched Super Size me.

I wonder if the results would be any different if he just drank soft drinks, regardless of the brand.
posted by o0o0o at 11:26 PM on November 20, 2004

Never heard of Pepsi Spice but it sounds nasty. Not as nasty as the flavors in the Jones Soda Holiday Pack, but still pretty nasty.
posted by dobbs at 11:34 PM on November 20, 2004

Having done the same type of thing myself, I can assure you he won't die or get any sicker than anyone else choosing to change diets radically.

I remember the last time I tried to switch to health food. The shakes, the feelings of sickness, the feeling of being weak and lightheaded, the shits, yeah, I felt just like Supersize Me guy.

At least the guy learned through experiment why flamingoes are pink.

I think I should start up and record the results of me not drinking soft drinks or eating fattening food for a month! WOOHOO. I'll also sit around and do nothing all day and night and drive 2 blocks to the corner store for bottled water.
posted by shepd at 11:34 PM on November 20, 2004

Pepsi Blu...nevermind.
I'm wondering if this guy's health is gonna be ok.
posted by phyrewerx at 11:36 PM on November 20, 2004

I wonder if the results would be any different if he just drank soft drinks, regardless of the brand.

Would straight cola also make your piss turn red? (wmv. file).
posted by naxosaxur at 11:37 PM on November 20, 2004

In concept, this sounds like a good (and tasty) idea for a beverage, but what's with his 'neckgina'? Coincidence? Probably. Maybe I'll hold off til next year to get a better assessment of the long term effects.
posted by santiagogo at 11:42 PM on November 20, 2004

Pepsi spice and holiday depression. Can't say I'm that eager to give it a try.
posted by kaefer at 11:51 PM on November 20, 2004

Would straight cola also make your piss turn red?

Not that I've noticed. Other soft drinks do have similar effects however.

Example #2: Mountain Dew Pitch Black.
posted by o0o0o at 11:57 PM on November 20, 2004

OK. His piss turned red. He also pisses without lifting the toilet seat. Which symptom is worse?
posted by at 12:04 AM on November 21, 2004

Okay, I can't believe I just downloaded a WMV file so that I could see what this guy's piss looked like.

I'm a little more weirded out by something else: he has a mirror over his commode? Who wants to watch himself piss?
posted by sbutler at 12:13 AM on November 21, 2004

I have to say, I could not do this. No water? I would be clawing at my own throat within a day.
posted by ticopelp at 12:16 AM on November 21, 2004

I'm looking at the picture on the fourth link (his homepage, presumably) and wondering... What the hell is that in that cup? The only thing I can think of is that it might be those silk pants he talks about.

If it weren't for the fact that I would never drink Pepsi, that picture would convince me to, well, never touch Pepsi, much less drink it.
posted by ChrisR at 12:42 AM on November 21, 2004

He must be really dehydrated.

I went to a camp that was vegetarian when I was twelve for two weeks. The first thing I wanted when my parents picked me up was pepperoni pizza and a coke.

While leaving the restaurant, I threw it all up outside in the parking lot.
posted by xammerboy at 12:44 AM on November 21, 2004

After an adjustment period, caffeinated drinks don't cause dehydration problems for most people. It's mostly folklore that drinking colas and coffee etc. makes you lose more water than you gain.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 12:51 AM on November 21, 2004

I honestly had a friend who lived off nothing but diet pepsi and kraft dinner, for several months. Not to make a statement or anything... she just happened, out of sheer laziness, to live that way.

Ethereal Bligh, I can second that, as I get the vast majority of my hydration from coffee.
posted by mek at 2:47 AM on November 21, 2004

I'll admit to having tried this holiday spice cola - it was on sale along with the other pepsi varieties a couple weeks ago. I like colas, even the vanilla/lemon/lime/cherry flavored ones (especially the lime). But the holiday spice tastes unpleasant and it felt like the back of my throat was burning as it went down, so I never finished the bottle. It's the only soda still marked down to $0.59/2L at the local store, even now that the sale is finished.
posted by PY at 3:36 AM on November 21, 2004

Sounds awful. Ugh. What a terrible idea for a drink. And "Holiday Spice"? How much more vague can you get? I'm sure that the weird chemical cocktail in this heady brew is very holiday indeed.
posted by deafmute at 4:38 AM on November 21, 2004

The urine turning red, the growth on his neck, the lack of information about what's in it . . . Pepsi Spice may be manufactured in Chernoble.

Personally, I found Holiday Spice to be rather pleasant--wasn't as painfully sweet as Pepsi.
posted by ThePrawn at 5:18 AM on November 21, 2004

Diet is the last holdout of the morally righteous on the left.
posted by srboisvert at 5:30 AM on November 21, 2004

some of the comments in the text are pretty odd.
posted by andrew cooke at 5:50 AM on November 21, 2004

No beer? Sounds like a extra boring time with the inlaws...
posted by tricky_t at 6:17 AM on November 21, 2004

Jones Soda holiday pack taste test.
posted by Quartermass at 6:48 AM on November 21, 2004

I used to drink nothing but Diet Pepsi for weeks, months, at a time and my diet wasn't the best. I think I got a few more migraines than usual, but otherwise I was fine.

Now, if he drank a decades-old case of Clear Pepsi and nothing else, then I would be interested in the experiment.
posted by Agrippina at 6:57 AM on November 21, 2004

As a poor and misguided youth, I accidentally spent four months working at a McDonalds. I was there for the original introduction of the Chicken McNugget, and the resultant wave of cramps and nausea that beset those of us injudicious enough to actually eat them.

We had our own little "Supersize Me" experiment in real life, there. An old widower whose name is lost to the ravages of time took all his meals there, because he couldn't cook, and we were all he could afford. He came in twice a day, and his diet consisted mostly of Pancake and Sausage Breakfasts and McRib sandwiches. I recall even at the time, us benighted teenagers were concerned for the guy's health, should he carry on like that for any length of time. Of course, none of us worked there for any great stretch, since the management's strategy to avoid raises was to make sure no employees ever achieved any kind of tenure. Turnover was fantastically high, so nobody knew how long he'd been going about this routine, or for how long he kept it up from that point on.

Old, poor folks don't have blogs, and the log-term affects to the diets of the fast-food eaters will go unchronicled for the most part, but there's gotta be thousands more just like him.

Don't ask me what that rambling bit has to do with Pepsi Holiday Spice, other than that the link triggered a memory, and I had this "post a comment" box in front of me.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:11 AM on November 21, 2004

At least the guy learned through experiment why flamingoes are pink.

Today's MeFi factoid - carotenoid pigments in the diet are what produce the distinctive pink plumage.
(apologies if this was also in the movie file, but WMV3 files don't play easily under OS X)
posted by milovoo at 7:31 AM on November 21, 2004

hey, I know someone with glasses just like those!
posted by angry modem at 7:54 AM on November 21, 2004

Well, just yesterday evening I had a Reed's Spiced Apple Brew for the first time. I thought the very idea of cinnamon soda (it is also flavored with cloves and allspice) was the best part of the experience. But somehow I doubt Pepsi could implement this idea successfully...
posted by Zurishaddai at 8:10 AM on November 21, 2004

Maybe I'm just really easily impressed, but I'm blown away that you can get your hydration from soda. But then I remember that oodles of people drink nothing but Coke all day, or Neal Stephenson's quote about what beverages people drink to avoid diarrhea, yadda yadda yadda.

I probably drink an aquarium's worth of water each day - colorwise, it goes out the same color it comes in - and I get a "stuffy" feeling in my head if I cut down, or have too much coffee, etc. No doubt that's just because that's what my body is used to.

Oh, and Devils Rancher: that's very sad.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:12 AM on November 21, 2004

people will buy anything these days.
posted by meowchow at 8:14 AM on November 21, 2004

Yikes, are you reading this? The guy's a complete idiot.
But I guess that's sort of implied.
posted by mote at 8:16 AM on November 21, 2004

Lewis Black has a funny piece on people that drink water, too much water. It applies to me but I have to laugh when he talks about piss that looks the same as water.
posted by JackthaStripper at 8:22 AM on November 21, 2004

This is one of the most disgusting things I've ever seen. It's great.
posted by punishinglemur at 8:56 AM on November 21, 2004

It applies to me but I have to laugh when he talks about piss that looks the same as water.

If I've drank nothing but green tea all day (which I do a lot because I love green tea), my urine looks exaxctly like green tea. As to whether or not it tastes the same, I hope I never have to find out.
posted by Agrippina at 9:01 AM on November 21, 2004

Screw the Pepsi drinking project; I just want to know where I can buy the ShitShirts this guy claims to have invented. I can think of at least five people I'd buy those for.
posted by Melinika at 9:46 AM on November 21, 2004

Melinka, that is awesome.
posted by graventy at 11:12 AM on November 21, 2004

Pepsi Holiday Spice will never defeat Julmust.
posted by chrid at 11:18 AM on November 21, 2004

I actually like Pepsi Holiday Spice.
posted by SisterHavana at 12:28 PM on November 21, 2004

"My girlfriend the vet who has been monitoring my health wants me to stop.. I told her to fuck off and slapped her. Not hard. Just kidding I dont hit women...unless its my birthday and a friend pays for one."

It is so funny when you joke about abusing women, ha ha.
Who is this guy?
posted by SoftRain at 12:36 PM on November 21, 2004

A few people I know are obsessed with Pepsi Holiday Spice. I bought it once and couldn't finish off my bottle; very weird, unenjoyable (to me) taste.
posted by kryptondog at 1:13 PM on November 21, 2004

What I want to know: when is the Diet Pepsi Holiday Spice coming out?
posted by Quartermass at 3:06 PM on November 21, 2004

If nothing else, this proves a steady diet of Holiday Spice Pepsi can turn someone into a total fucknugget.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:22 PM on November 21, 2004

I tried this stuff last week and it is nasty. Not at first - at first it was....interesting - like Pepsi with cinnamon added - but then the aftertaste hit.
Someone at work brought in a bottle and the curious broke out the dixie cups to taste test. No one liked it and the rest of the bottle went in the trash. Interesting that practically everyone was curious about it. We did discuss whether it might taste better heated - I thought that possible. In some places in the south drinking heated Dr. Pepper in the winter is a tradition. A weird one, but a tradition anyhow.

This guy is drinking 12 cans a day?!!! I think he could be drinking just about anything in a can and that wouldn't be a good thing...
posted by batgrlHG at 6:44 PM on November 21, 2004

No wait, make that over 24 cans. Yes, this guy is indeed a bit wacked...
posted by batgrlHG at 6:46 PM on November 21, 2004

ok i actually walked over to the corner store and bought a 2litre of pepsi spice... i have no idea what the rest of you have been sampling what with the burning throats and overall reports of teh nasty, but this stuff is really mild - all it tastes like is regular pepsi but watered down. it's not really good, but it's not particularly awful either.

and this guy...? he seems like a tool, pepsi spice diet or no.
posted by t r a c y at 7:10 PM on November 21, 2004

This person is not sane. Peeing in technicolor is the least of his problems.
I get probably 50% of my hydration needs from coffee, (a little turbinado sugar and no milk, thanks) which is definitely not the healthiest, but I also drink a lot of dihydrogen monoxide. straw-yellow is normal, but most health professionals and sports trainers will tell you that you are properly hydrated if you are peeing clear during the middle of the day.
I LOVE carbonated sugar water, but I feel uncomfortable drinking it. like, guiltyish.
posted by exlotuseater at 7:11 PM on November 21, 2004

"Superslurp Me"
posted by troutfishing at 8:52 PM on November 21, 2004

I'm going to live off nothing but sex....

....Vitamin C, red wine, cigarettes and tofu.
posted by troutfishing at 8:53 PM on November 21, 2004

i'm surprised that nobody's questioned the veracity of this guy's video evidence...for all we know, he might've simply poured some red liquid into his toilet bowl off-camera, no?

not that i'm doubting the possibility that a pepsi product (ugh, shudder) could do that to you--a pitcherfull of bud dry (ugh, shudder) once made me poop *yellow*.
posted by retronic at 9:56 AM on November 22, 2004

Better yet to check into the possible myth, possible truth that aluminum in cans causes Alzheimer's...
posted by codger at 10:36 AM on November 22, 2004

retronic, I'm kind of thinking the same thing (though, I refuse to watch the video). There is no way this could be true. Well, he may very well be drinking only Pepsi Spice for a month and a half - I have no way to disprove that -but chronic sneezing, a bloody nose and constant diarrhea after 8 cans of soda??

Also, other things here smell of fish in quonsar's pants. For example: cat capris. CAT CAPRIS! For Lindsay Lohan! The gaining of 11 lbs in one week. Being on TV a mere 4 days into his experiment. The remarkable lack of photos of the guy drinking pepsi spice, or showing empty cans of pepsi spice, or how about even 100 2-liter bottles of donated pepsi spice? Hmmm.

It is pretty fun to read, even though the guy is an obvious tool. But...probably completely fake.
posted by contessa at 12:51 PM on November 22, 2004

In some places in the south drinking heated Dr. Pepper in the winter is a tradition. A weird one, but a tradition anyhow.
Why, marketing; Dr. Pepper graphic and logo with the slogan, “Dr. Pepper … Hot or Cold.”
posted by thomcatspike at 1:41 PM on November 22, 2004

Forget all that, this guy was the model for Half-Life!

/video game nerd
posted by haqspan at 1:57 PM on November 22, 2004

This guy says he was the model for Half-Life.

I'm not saying he's lying, but I don't believe everything I read on the internets.
posted by SoftRain at 12:24 PM on November 23, 2004

My boyfriend and I were curious about Holiday Spice but he really hates Pepsi and I really react badly to anything with that much corn syrup for some reason so we never did. I'm still confused, since I don't know what this "spice" is even SUPPOSED to be.

Also related, I do know a guy who pretty much survived off whatever pop (soda) his roommate bought for a long time. Then again, he now has a kidney stone. (And may prefer to be called "she" now, but I doubt that relates in any way to beverage intake).
posted by dagnyscott at 8:23 PM on November 23, 2004

first off, i prefer pepsi over coke, though coke makes a better mixer. secondly, holiday spice isn't that weird or gross, at least not the canadian version. it actually tastes kinda like coke to me, but without the weird sensation and flavour that i find coke leaves in your mouth.
posted by yedgar at 1:47 PM on November 24, 2004

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