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Money Is Disgusting

You’ve heard how money is some of the dirtiest objects in our lives. You’ve probably also heard how most money contains traces of cocaine. Anthony looks if there’s any actual evidence to back up these commonly held notions.

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Investigation into the prevalence, persistence and antibiotic resistance profiles of staphylococci isolated from euro currency.

“The study set out to sample € 10 banknotes for the presence of coagulase-positive staphylococci (CPS) such as Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS)…”

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“All money, it turns out, could stand to be laundered: the stuff is filthy. Studies show that a solid majority of U.S. bills are contaminated by cocaine.”

90 percent of U.S. bills carry traces of cocaine

“In the course of its average 20 months in circulation, U.S. currency gets whisked into ATMs, clutched, touched and traded perhaps thousands of times at coffee shops, convenience stores and newsstands.”

Drug Money

So often those “everybody knows” facts we naively place reliance upon turn out to be embarrassingly false. Such is not the case here, in that there is some truth to the “U.S. currency tainted by cocaine” claim, but the implications of this conversation-stopping fact are far more mundane than we might initially presume.

Dirty money

“Bacteria that can be fatal to hospital patients may be lurking much closer than they think — on the money in their pockets and the hands of their visiting friends and family, according to a recent study by researchers from the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland.”

MRSA infection


“If you’ve ever been hospitalized, then chances are you’ve noticed many of the precautions taken to prevent infections in patients. One of the most serious known infections to cause trouble in hospitals is the staph infection.”

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