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Red Bull - Is it worse than coffee?

steve said:
Do the sunflower seeds have to be in the shell, or can they be already shelled?

sj

In the shell.... throw a handful in your mouth and you'll quickly acquire the tongue/teeth action to master the shelling/spitting process.

I have no idea what the cause/effect is, but I've gone from nodding off (and veering off the road) to wide awake within two minutes of starting the sunflower seed remedy. My brother and sister-in-law had a very serious accident years ago from falling asleep at the wheel..... yes, only three miles from home on a 150+ mile trip. During my EMT days while going to college, I went to some very serious (sometimes fatal) single vehicle accidents caused by asleep at the wheel. Guess I am over-conditioned to this..... but have seen how a few seconds can affect you for the rest of your life.

As an old Navy pilot flying friend of mine used to say, "I prefer to die from being shot by a jealous husband when I'm 85 yrs old." Actually, he said "80 yrs" but that was before Viagra was available...!!

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Sunflower seeds:
I doubt there is anything in the flower seeds that keeps you awake, it's just the activity of cracking, extracting, & ejecting chaff that keeps your brain awake.

Energy drinks:
Just like modifying your plane, there is always a tradeoff. Even if it does work, I'd seriously wonder about the tradeoff.
 
I used to drink Red Bull on my looong X-C's. Then I installed a TruTrak and now I arrive at my destination rested and ready to party.

Lou
 
Seeds

Sunflower seeds work great for me until my mouth gets sore from all the salt. Last year I drove from here to Tulsa on Seeds and coffee in something like 16 hours. I used to be able to drive or farm for 36 hours straight on seeds but now I struggle to go 15.
Steve, you need to start sleeping with the TV on. I used to wake up at the smallest noise but since I started sleeping with fox news in the background I can sleep through a tornado.

Dave
 
Re: Seeds

ag-pilot said:
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Steve, you need to start sleeping with the TV on. I used to wake up at the smallest noise but since I started sleeping with fox news in the background I can sleep through a tornado.

Dave

The do call it TV "Programming"... imagine all the things you are learning this way, maybe you should try the cooking channel...
 
Does Red Bull have any less effect on the bladder than coffee? I always take off with a cup of coffee, but just one. Having to punch nearest and land a half load with your legs crossed so you can pee on someones runway is no fun.

I can't fly without XM anymore, right up there with AC to keep you awake. Has anyone ever done a dual antenna installation (top and belly) so it doesn't blank out in turns?
 
SuperCub MD said:
Does Red Bull have any less effect on the bladder than coffee? I always take off with a cup of coffee, but just one. Having to punch nearest and land a half load with your legs crossed so you can pee on someones runway is no fun.

I can't fly without XM anymore, right up there with AC to keep you awake. Has anyone ever done a dual antenna installation (top and belly) so it doesn't blank out in turns?

Mark, this is the only thing I appreciate about having a "short legged airplane" It simply can't fly more than 2 hrs. Try these : Ipod and water :wink:

Ipod can be plumbed through your cell set and won't blank out when you out turn it, and hydration will go a long way towards keeping your body happy (and awake)

Drink those vitamin water drinks at least once a day... the bottle has a good second use that will save at least one unnecessary landing. Don't grab the wrong bottle if you carry more than one :eek:

BTW.... for soda drinkers who don't like the taste of the energy drinks, try Pepsi MAX. It is sugar free, carb free, and blows red bull away for a temporary fix ( I am a long time red bull / rock star junkie) I alternate them with rock star "juice" the "juice" isn't the greatest tasting, but I tell my sweetie that it's healthy since I'm drinking mostly fruit juice :roll:

Take care, Rob
 
I have heard from a couple people that some of these drinks - it was either Monster or Rockstar neither of which I had tried - had an almost immediate laxative effect on them, nearly causing an accident. I would just suggest that you try any of these things on the ground the first time or two.

sj
 
SteveE said:
behindpropellers said:
steve said:
Do the sunflower seeds have to be in the shell, or can they be already shelled?

sj

Are you afraid the shells will stick to all of the oil?

Good one Tim...LMAO :lol: :lol:

One of these days one of you guys are going to be asking me for some oil, and I will have it. I won't rub it in either.. so to speak.

Actually, Reint spilled a huge back of pistachos in the back seat on the way back from JoCreek about 2 years ago. They still show up here and there.

sj
 
Good morning,

I can´t say if Red Bull is better or worse than coffe:

in fact, the owner, Mr. Dietrich Mateschitz, holds here in Salzburg a collection of warbirds; He flies some of himself but his
MOST FAVOURITE is his yellow PA18/150;

I got my Piper Virus from the Guys there, because their chief Pilot Sigi Angerer told me "a PA18 is a must have"

Here are some Pics of Mr. Mateschitz´(Red Bull owner) Piper , wich i flew a lot together with him: (watch the red bull on the cowl)

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That's Awesome!! I always wondered about their motto "Red Bull...It gives you wings!!"

It all makes sense now....
 
That's very cool, Mikelima!

Solely in the interest of science, I took it upon myself to drive from Kansas City to North Haven, CT yesterday, well, er, Friday.

I left at 4pm CST Thursday from our house in KC and arrived at the house here in North Haven at 4pm EST one day later. 23 hours lapsed time, 20 hours driving time, I stopped at rest areas and took two 1 hour naps, and I drank roughly a four pack of the small cans of Red Bull and had only one cup of coffee the whole trip. I did drink a lot of water, had one small diet coke, ate some sandwiches I made, and ate some already shelled sunflower seeds (these did not help). It was 1300 miles and change and the trip should have taken 19 hours driving but once over the George Washington bridge in NYC, the traffic slowed down to a crawl all the way up to my turn North.

Had a great night's sleep last night and feel like a new man this morning, must be the Red Bull... 8)

sj
 
Solely in the interest of science ?????? :roll: Enjoy those long trips while you are young---If I drank that much of ANYTHING I'd check out EVERY rest stop but not for a nap---sunflower seeds--Ya gotta get a cheek full of "in the shell" it's the sorting , cracking and spitting that keeps you awake. :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
mikelima, I wondered if you knew them. I met Sigi when I worked at Ezell's. Took his son flying in a 90 hp SC while he was here helping with the B-25 restoration. I had a hand in sending a load of Super Cub parts over in the bomb bay when it crossed the pond. A couple of the guys stayed with me while I checked out the Luscombe they exported to Austria. The first thing they did was go to the grocery store and buy a 4 pk of Red Bull. :D
 
Steve: Oh yes, i knew Sigi, Dani, Hubert and all from the Stuff very well (did you know mark Calderwood?)

Sigi was my mentor and IFR and CPL Teacher!

Well then you know all those things:
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Those bring back memories. Buck Ridley used to own that Corsair. I remember when the B25 flew in from Kansas City and we started tearing it down. Lee will always remember his ride in the Red Bull P-38 with Nelson. He watches all the Red Bull Air race videos on U-Tube. The other day they were interviewing a race pilot and walked by the P-38 in the Red Bull hanger. He went crazy telling me that was the P-38 he got to fly in. They definitely have some neat toys and a really cool hanger.
 
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