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Two Belgian professors tested a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey they’d checked out of the Antwerp library and found that it came up positive for the herpes virus.
If you’re thinking about checking E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey out of the library, you may want to think again – and possibly give buying the electronic version some serious consideration.
Two Belgian professors tested a copy of the book they’d checked out of the Antwerp library and found that it came up positive for the herpes virus.
Albeit, the amount they found wasn’t great enough to cause a public health scare or even infect a single person, but, nonetheless, it was there.
Also present on the book were traces of cocaine.
Fifty Shades of Grey was among the 10 most highly circulated books that were pulled from the shelves for analysis, but only one of two that tested positive for an STD.
The other was Pieter Aspe’s novel Tango.
All 10 of the novels had traces of cocaine on their pages. That finding has a bit more potential danger as while touching the book won’t cause physical responses, the drug could show up in hair, blood, and urine tests.
Experts say that there’s no need to fear the library and that reading even the germiest of library books is still safer than touching a library doorknob.