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Oh shit [Jan. 25th, 2006|04:32 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
I'm lactose intolerant. Small amounts are fine, but more than a cup of milk results in... all kinds of crap.

At the department tea event that I usually don't go to, I should have had my coffee black like I usually do. Instead, I decided to have just a little cream. I titled the cream container... nothing. A little more... nothing. A little more...

Wham.

Coffee related accident.

About 10 spoons of cream fell into my cup.

It would look bad to throw it away because there was little coffee remaining and a few people were queued up behind me, so...

I drank it.

Now I am walking through a fog with only the vaguest awareness of my surroundings. My head spins and my insides are trying to swell up and explode. I long for the sweet release of death.
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[User Picture]From: medryn
2006-01-25 02:46 pm (UTC)
I almost made a comment about how lightly-colored your coffee was. Hope you feel better!
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[User Picture]From: jeweleddragon
2006-01-25 03:20 pm (UTC)
Awww. *pats* Feel better soon...
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From: nicertry
2006-01-25 09:47 pm (UTC)
sue your department for serving coffee at a tea event :-)
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-01-26 05:15 am (UTC)
Brilliant. The perfect American solution.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-30 10:46 pm (UTC)

Lactose

I am not lactose intolerant, but I guess I overdid it.
I used to drink almost a liter every day before I realised the effects.
On a different note, do you know that almost 90% or more chinese
are lactose intolerant? Perhaps the reason why they use Soy milk instead of cow/buffalo milk.

--Sid
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-01-31 05:30 am (UTC)

Re: Lactose

Yup. There is a very interesting history behind it. 6000 years ago or so, homo sapiens as a whole were lactose intolerant. After all, humans are only suckled at infancy, so there is no reason to retain the ability to ingest milk into adulthood. Then the Proto-Indo-Europeans developed dairy farming, so over the next couple thousand years they became lactose tolerant. Today, their descendants are lactose tolerant and everybody else (including Black people) are intolerant. So in a sense, lactose intolerance is the rule, not the exception :)
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