Perhaps Greatest Dilemma of our Time

At lunch with a friend when it happened.

He orders his beverage of choice without ice – a drink that didn’t qualify for the free refill.  His frugality was on full display.  I had to question his strategy, he knew his stuff.  Said he recently came across a science fair project begging to happen.  Cold hard data from Lore Sjoberg. Here were the results:

No Ice Please:

Temperature – 40 degrees

Volume of liquid – 31 oz

Cost Per Degree of Chilling – n/a

Total Cost for Cold – 0 cents

Verdict – Not fridge-frosty, but at 40 degrees you can’t call it tepid.

Easy on the Cubes:

Temperature – 36 degrees

Volume of liquid – 28 oz

Cost Per Degree of Chilling – 9.8 cents

Total Cost for Cold – 39 cents

Verdict – Sacrifice just 3 ounces of fizzy corn syrup for a nice, nippy temp. Sweet!

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Temperature – 33 degrees

Volume of liquid – 20 oz

Cost Per Degree of Chilling – 20.3 cents

Total Cost for Cold – $1.42

Verdict – Not worth it! Plus sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (brain freeze).

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