Fifty Shades of Grey, the best selling book by author E.L. James, is due to hit the big screen soon, with much pomp and ceremony. But a professor in Belgium, who borrowed a copy of the book from a library in Antwerp, found that it contained traces of cocaine and herpes.
A staggering 70 million copies of the Fifty Shades of Grey books have been sold worldwide. The book tells the story of billionaire Christian Grey and the lovely Anastasia Steele.
The main selling factor for the book – and what seems to have taken it to the top of the best sellers list – is the fact that it is controversial in nature.
The book was condemned by some people when it was first released who felt the BDSM based storyline was a little too raunchy. Fifty Shades of Grey was so popular though that it was named the best selling book of all time in a poll taken in 2012.
The upcoming movie based on the book is being adapted by Sam Taylor-Wood, and is due for release at the beginning of 2015. In the film the stunning Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele while Jamie Dornan is slated to play Christian Grey.
Ok, that’s enough background. Now, let’s get to the story with the cocaine and the herpes in Belgium. Professor Jan Tygat from the Catholic University of Leuven tested a number of the most popular books and found that almost all of them had traces of cocaine.
The Fifty Shades of Grey book, which he borrowed from his local library, not only had traces of cocaine but also traces of the herpes disease.
Tygat told reporters that the traces of cocaine he found on the Fifty Shades of Grey book were not enough to get other borrowers of the book high but were significant enough to show up in testing.
The herpes found on the book was the herpes simplex virus type 1, a strain which causes cold sores for those who come into contact with it.
“The levels found won’t have a pharmacological effect. Your consciousness or behavior won’t change as a result of reading the tomes,” Tygat said. Confirming that fortunately it would be: “Impossible for people to contract it by touching the book.”
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