IN a study of most popularly-borrowed books from a library in Antwerp, a Belgian professor decided to test the popular public books for bacteria, microbes and other substances.

His discovery? Traces of cocaine on most borrowed books, with the library’s copy of 2012 best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey tested positive for the herpes virus.

The studies’ results, for those who where wondering about a cheap and free high, found that the trace level of cocaine found on each book wasn’t enough to readers of the borrowed-book high, although there was a significant amount for the books to test positive for the drug.

The type of herpes virus was found on the copy of Fifty Shades of Grey was herpes simplex virus type 1 – a strain of herpes that causes cold sores. The traces of herpes found on the copy of the book were equally low enough not to cause any harm.

The conclusion to the research was that while the traces where minimal, they did not pose a public health risk and added it would be “impossible for people to contract it by touching the book”.

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