Belgian library's popular books contain traces of herpes, cocaine

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Well, you can file this bit of information under "disgusting."

Two Belgian professors ran chemical tests on the 10 most-borrowed books at the Antwerp library and found positive traces of herpes and cocaine, the Guardian reports.

The popular books, including erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey and romance novel Tango by Belgian author Pieter Aspe, weren't considered health risks, as the traces of the herpes virus and cocaine were too miniscule to be harmful, the researchers said.

"The levels found won't have a pharmacological effect. Your consciousness or behaviour won't change as a result of reading the tomes," toxicology professor Jan Tytgat told reporters.

For years, scientists have been studying the bacterial content of library books. A study by students at Brigham Young University in Utah found that high-demand library books averaged 25 to 40 per cent more microbial life than books that were rarely used.

So maybe Google Books isn't such a bad idea...

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