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Karalily
28805.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:21 pm Reply with quote

From http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/i-triv.html

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Traces of cocaine were found on 99% of UK bank notes in a survey in London in 2000.


Now that's quite interesting...

 
Flash
28818.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 5:16 pm Reply with quote

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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. To put it another way, it's less shocking a fact than we first perceive it to be because the underlying assumption — that every bill bearing traces of cocaine got that way through having been used to inhale lines of cocaine — is false.

When a cocaine-contaminated bill is processed through a sorting or counting machine, traces of the drug are easily passed to other bills in the same batch. ATMs serve to spread tiny amounts of cocaine to nearly all the currency they distribute, as do the counting machines used in banks and casinos.

A single bill used to snort cocaine or otherwise mingled with the drug can contaminate an entire cash drawer. When counting and sorting machines (which fan the bills, and thus the cocaine) are factored in, it's no wonder that so much of the currency now in circulation wouldn't pass any purity tests.

That four of five bills might test positive only means that 80% of our paper money has at some time come into contact with contaminated bills or counting machines. It takes only one bill to contaminate hundreds or even thousands of others, so the number of bills that have actually come into direct contact with the drug trade is far smaller than we might first assume upon seeing that "four of five" claim marked as true.

http://www.snopes.com/business/money/cocaine.asp

 
Caradoc
28826.  Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:17 pm Reply with quote

It's a bit like telling people that 40% of sick leave taken by office workers is taken on a Monday or Friday, which at first seems like, skiving sods taking long weekends, until you realise that for people who work Monday to Friday, two days is 40% of their working week.

 
JumpingJack
34627.  Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:01 am Reply with quote

Ha ha. Well put, Carl.

 
JumpingJack
34628.  Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:03 am Reply with quote

Whereas viagra is a drug to increase desire, the Sanskrit word viraga is one of the eight principle human drives (or bhavas). It means ‘desirelessness’.

This surely must be a coincidence, but it is rather a QI one.

 
djgordy
34682.  Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:51 am Reply with quote

Karalily wrote:
From http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/i-triv.html

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Traces of cocaine were found on 99% of UK bank notes in a survey in London in 2000.


Now that's quite interesting...


Perhaps the it's the people in the banknote printing factory that are taking the cocaine.

 
JumpingJack
34685.  Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:53 am Reply with quote

Ha ha. Very good.

 
Caradoc
35238.  Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:20 pm Reply with quote

JumpingJack wrote:
Whereas viagra is a drug to increase desire, the Sanskrit word viraga is one of the eight principle human drives (or bhavas). It means ‘desirelessness’.

This surely must be a coincidence, but it is rather a QI one.


Not speaking from experience, but my understanding was that viagra increased capability (shall we say) rather than desire.

 
Icarus
35291.  Sun Nov 27, 2005 5:55 am Reply with quote

My recollection of the Viagra story is that it was being tested for something else (heart related I think), and the increased blood flow to the genitals and concomitant release of nitric oxide was a "side effect" until someone realised it was probably worth considering it as the intended effect.

will research further

 
Icarus
35292.  Sun Nov 27, 2005 5:57 am Reply with quote

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The endothelium (inner lining) of blood vessels use nitric oxide to signal the surrounding smooth muscle to relax, thus dilating the artery and increasing blood flow. This underlies the action of nitroglycerin, amyl nitrate and other nitrate derivatives in the treatment of heart disease: the compounds are converted to nitric oxide (by a process that is not completely understood) which in turn dilates the coronary artery (blood vessels around the heart), thereby increasing its blood supply. Nitric oxide also plays a role in erection of the penis, and explains the mechanism of sildenafil (Viagra®). The effects of the recreational drugs known as poppers are also thought to be due to nitric oxide.


I wasn't too far off.

S: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitric_oxide

 
Jenny
59410.  Sun Mar 12, 2006 10:18 pm Reply with quote

In the 1930s, when Hench and Kendall were working on the isolation of the adrenal hormones, they identified 28 compounds, 4 of which had a physiological effect. It took 3000 pounds of animal adrenal gland to produce 1 g of one of these compounds, 11-dehydrocorticosterone.

1g, for those who don't think in grammes, is about one fifth of a level teaspoonful.

 

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