Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Old in Coffee


It's time for a dive back into the way-back files. This post originally appeared December 8, 2009

12th grade AP English. They were working on some essay or other (I didn't have a lot of details, but they were AP kids and could be trusted to do their work without me having to prompt them). They were half working, half talking about random stuff.

One student started talking about coffee. He asked what people put in it. One of the girls mentioned cream and sugar. The boy said that no, that's what kids put in it. Adults put old in it.

That's not a typo. He said "old".

He continued with this reasoning. He said that coffee makes kids old. One girl complained that she drank coffee, but she wasn't old. The boy said that she might be 17, but the coffee made her older.

So, I asked what about older adults who did not drink coffee. He said that they just age normally, not extra aged because of the old in coffee.

It made only a smidgen of sense. Of course that was the point.

The stuff these kids come up with!

17 comments:

  1. Hi Liz - yes I can see ... strange old world we all live in! Cheers Hilary

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  2. I like his reasoning and it does make a bit of sense. I wonder where he is 10 years later. Would be interesting to see what career he pursued for himself.

    betty

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  3. Oh boy...I don't think that kid will ever go to Harvard..lol

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    1. At this point he's 28, so who knows what he did with his life thus far.

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  4. Clever off the wall thought.

    He clearly drink Cola, which of course will keep him young.

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    1. It would be fun to find him and remind him of this comment. I wonder if he still finds coffee old-making.

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  5. Like Susan said, the Cola must be getting into his head.......

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  6. I wonder what he thought about chocolate.

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  7. I don't drink coffee...so does that mean I look 20? Lol. If only *grin*

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  8. How long have you been blogging? That's awesome!

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  9. I guess that's why people think I look younger than I am. I don't drink coffee. lol

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    1. Neither do I, but now I get mistaken for older. Sigh.

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  10. Wow. I just...
    wow. And he was serious? I assume he was speaking metaphorically.

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    1. I don't think so. Of course, I don't actually remember the conversation now, so it's hard to tell.

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  11. That's how I keep my youthful looks then, no coffee. ;-)

    Not sure what my husband's secret is seeing as he'd mainline the stuff if he could!

    Cait @ Of Needles and Noodles

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    1. Teenagers are weird. They'll say something that had a grain of "hmmmm", but if you delve deeper...

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