Catchy title to the thread... I suppose this is the most appropriate area of the pharmacy forums for this. My girlfriend is a store manager of a Subway. As is the common practice amongst companies with high employee turnover rates, Subway is no exception to hiring some particularly not-so-scholarly individuals. However, the quote in the title of this thread came from a gentleman about to graduate with a BA in a non-science concentration from my university. When questioned further by my girlfriend, he replied that "(he) read it in an article about drinking cold water and how it shuts your organs down," and that "duh, it just makes sense dude." I received a phone call immediately about it and I thought for several minutes of any possible way for this to relate to my knowledge on human anatomy. Instantly I thought he must be confusing this with swimming in ice-cold water causing hypothermia, however he was apparently very adamant about about the wording of the article he read. So, the best I came up with is that ingesting 40F water on an extraordinarily hot day does cramp your stomach and is certainly unpleasant. As best I know, cold water is not absorbed by your body very well either and I know I do not enjoy drinking 40F fluids myself. But organ failure under normal physiological conditions? That being said, I imagine that the average person's body would have to be in a very stressed state beforehand in order to suffer any serious chronic or short-term health issues (like organ failure) from drinking cold water alone. Anyone else know for sure? Maybe read this article?