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The Water Tastes Different

My wife thinks I’m loosing my mind.

We recently ordered new drinking glasses for home. The ones we had before were fine, but we had broken a handful of them leaving only a few left with the resulting problem of running out of glasses too quickly. The glasses we had were clear glass with a pattern and “bubbles” in the glass. They were fine glasses, nothing all that notable about them.

Here are the new glasses.


There is nothing all that notable about these either, except that they are red, and the water tastes funny.

It’s that last part that is the problem. I swear that water tastes funny out of these glasses. Tammy doesn’t notice any change, but I do.

I tested my theory tonight and put the same water in the old, clear glass and the new red glasses. It tastes fine out of the old ones, and odd out of the new glasses. I can only tell two differences: the color and the glass on the new glasses is smoother.

Is there some rare scientific research that can back me up on this? Does the color of a glass change the perceived taste of a liquid? Or have I truly just gone over the edge of insanity now?


  1. I’ve actually had the same thing happen to me a few times, but it is most noticeable when the container is made of plastic. Maybe we’re just used to drinking out of a certain container and the new container has a “smell” or “taste” to it so confusing the senses? But then it doesn’t happen at a restaurant, maybe because we expect it to taste different?

  2. Jamie – I think you are out of your MIND!! ;-)

  3. I agree with Jim. I think you are in need of a psychiatric evaluation, but I’ve been saying that since I’ve known you. :)

  4. Put the a glass over each foot, close your eyes, and tap your feet together and recite, over and over, “there’s no place like home… there’s no place like home” then the water will taste fine.

  5. I need more information about the experiment. Were you blindfolded? What happens if you put the water in a red glass and let it sit for an hour or two and then put it in a clear glass before drinking it? We really should get BNelson in on this–I’d like a medical opinion.

    And, you are totally crazy.

  6. Ask your grandma about it, I remember her and her sister doing a similar experiment with coffee in different types of cups, all glass but different, and they both agreed that there is a certain cup from which coffee tastes better– glad to know you have the discerning genes~

  7. I don’t think you are crazy. Just use the old glasses and let Tammy use the new ones.

  8. Just read your Glass delima. Yes your Mom is right My Sister and I had the same argument over coffee she would only drink out of certain cups I had. So we linded all my different cups up and poured coffe in them there truly is a difference or is it our Genes? I can’t stand to drink out of the Alumninom glasses. Love Grandma Rose

  9. Jamie — I am always saying to Jim “the water tastes funny! I hate our water! It tastes funny!” Then he rolls his eyes and walks away. I have no advice for you, but I believe you.

  10. I know red glass used to be made with gold to give it the red color. If your classes have gold in the glass “maybe”, big maybe, you are picking up on that. Some kind of chemical reaction to your body?

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