Friday, November 15, 2013

Mind the Blisters

Via Time:

Two Belgian university professors decided to apply their knowledge of toxicology screenings to the 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library. Each book underwent bacteriology and toxicology tests, and the findings reveal that library books are even more germ-covered than you expected.

While the experts found that all 10 books contained traces of cocaine – enough so that people who touched the books wouldn’t feel the effects, but might test positive for the drug –they also found something pretty gross: Fifty Shades of Grey, your weird aunt’s favorite mainstream erotic series, tested positive for traces of the herpes virus.

The professors assured everyone that concentrations of the virus were so minimal that there is no public health risk and it would be impossible for people to contract it by touching the book. Still, something to keep in mind next time you consider taking trashy erotica out of the public library.

6 comments:

whkattk said...

Have you read this? Or any portion of it?? Trash is right! It never should have been published, let alone have made it to library shelves.

Chris said...

Yay! for books being popular, and a big Ugh! for the rest.

Writer said...

whkattk, I've had friends say they liked it, and it has probably been one of the most read books of the past year or so...having said that, I refuse to read it. I refused to read Twilight, so why would I pick up poorly written Twilight-fanfic?

Writer said...

Chris, I may never touch a library book ever again. Well, I will cause I have to, but I'll feel really dirty about it. ;)

becca said...

i have yet to read 50 shades not sure i really want to unless really bored they say it isn't very well written

JamTheCat said...

I read "9 1/2 Weeks" and some snippets of "50 Shades of whatever", so I'm pretty sure I know all I need to about it. What pisses me off is, Amazon's dropping books by self-published authors (including me) that are nowhere near as depraved as what little I have read.