We're barely sixty days into 2013 and I've already had close to 50 litres of that wonderful black liquid, Coke Zero. I wrote about it a few months back when I noticed that this one drink had supplanted all other options when it came to quenching my thirst, which made me wonder whether the drink was addictive in one way or another. As someone who struggles with two other addictions already1, a third did not seem all that wise. For this reason I've decided to go cold turkey on the Coke Zero.
If one day I were to learn that animals were self-aware, I would immediately become a vegetarian … unless plants, too, were aware of themselves. Then I would be without food.
There are some people who are great to have lunch with and others who are so awful that you will do anything to get out of a date with them. I recently had the fortune to dine with the latter this past weekend at a local Mos Burger and, to be completely honest, I don't think I want to eat out with them anymore … which might be a problem1. Before we were even in the door my lunch date had already wondered out loud whether the people inside wore gloves when handling the food, and then wouldn't push open the door for fear of other people's germs. I can completely understand why someone wouldn't want to come into contact with something filthy but, at a public restaurant, we need to trust that our immune systems are up to the task of keeping us healthy.
A recent campaign in Richmond, BC is attempting to drum up support to ban the sale of shark fin. I've never eaten the food and, after watching numerous documentaries about how the fins are collected, I would refuse to eat anything that contained them. Collection of shark fins involves catching the fish in the ocean, slicing off their fins on the boat, then throwing the animal back into the ocean where it bleeds to death. It's fucking inhuman, and the people who do this should have their arms and legs sliced off before the rest of their body is just dumped into a corner somewhere where they, too, may die from a loss of blood.
There has been some talk around the office that Coke Zero is not only bad for you, but addictive as well. As someone who typically consumes three liters of the stuff every week and isn't trained at all in medicine or biological chemistry, I think I can speak with a little authority when I say that Coke Zero is not only not addictive, but it's not not addictive.