Sure, I can relate to all the people out there who say "I prefer my caffeine cold and in a can." After all, who wants to waste their time sitting around waiting for the stuff to brew, or waste money ordering coffee that doesn't taste disgusting at an expensive coffee shop when you can just go to the fridge and down a couple cans of Mountain Dew? But realistically, when what you're really after is caffeine and not a beverage, a single Vivarin pill is at least four or five times as cost-effective as a can of your favorite caffeine-loaded carbonated drink. And of course, nothing's stopping you from washing the pill down with some Jolt for a little extra kick. Other bonuses of caffeine pills:

  • Compact. You can keep a year's supply in a desk drawer, whereas a year's supply of soda would take up a large room for most people I know
  • Portable. You can easily carry a week's supply in your pocket
  • Efficient. For 200mg of caffeine, a pill takes about two seconds to swallow, whereas four consecutive cans of Mountain Dew can't be chugged any faster than 15 seconds, even with the new wide-mouth cans.

"Holy shit, I only got an hour of sleep last night, and I have to be at a boring meeting and in the next 16 seconds... and if I fall asleep, my boss will kill me! What do I do? Oh wait, I have these nice little pills. Thank you, No-Doze!"