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10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey


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Coffee Can Sober You Up
A cup of coffee after drinking doesn't make it safe to drive. Shuji Kobayashi/Taxi/Getty Images
A cup of coffee after drinking doesn't make it safe to drive. Shuji Kobayashi/Taxi/Getty Images

This one really should be true. Alcohol is a depressant; caffeine is a stimulant. They should cancel each other out.

But they don't. The only "drunk" trait coffee can counteract is the tired, foggy feeling. So drinking coffee when you're drunk just makes you a judgment-impaired, over-confident, dehydrated, uncoordinated and very awake drunk person [source: Discovery].

Which would probably be fine except that adding "very awake" into the equation can make a drunk person feel less drunk -- thus making driving a car, operating a backhoe or chopping some vegetables seem like perfectly reasonable propositions.

The effects of alcohol fade as it's eliminated from your system, which happens at a rate of about one drink per hour, coffee or no coffee [sources: Freudenrich, Discovery].

Next, a happy one!