Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Debunked Rumor Debunked

It’s true what you’ve heard about paper money having cocaine on it.

Published: August 17, 2009
You have probably heard the rumor that most American paper currency is contaminated with cocaine. It’s not a rumor, however — it’s true.

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And it’s even truer now. A study by Yuegang Zuo of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and colleagues has found that about 90 percent of banknotes contain traces of cocaine. That’s up from 67 percent in a similar study two years ago.

The researchers used water and an ultrasonic extraction process, followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to quantify the amount of cocaine in more than 230 bills collected in 17 cities. They found traces ranging from less than one-hundredth of a microgram to more than 1,000 micrograms, or about one-30,000th of an ounce. The findings were presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington.

The researchers found that bills from Washington had the highest prevalence of cocaine, about 95 percent. Over all, $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills had more cocaine than $1 and $100 bills. They also tested currency from Brazil and China, finding cocaine in 80 percent of the Brazilian real bills and 20 percent of Chinese renminbi notes.

The researchers noted that the amounts of cocaine were not enough to cause any health (or drug-testing) concerns. And the findings do not mean that 9 of every 10 bills have been used to snort cocaine. The drug, a fine powder, spreads easily through bill-counting machines and other currency handling methods.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009


Tada is an incredible musician who happened to get the business from this viral ad Allen Funt advert. Tada plays in Chin Chin and he's played percussion for us live a few times.

Hermeto Pascoal

I saw Hermeto play in Brazil in the '90s. He plays a pig on stage. He played a giant trumpet. A glass of water. And he played his beard. My favorite record of his is with his band, Quarteto Novo.

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I heard the drummer got high on acid and micro-waved a badger... no hate, please!
BohemianBanditt (1 week ago) 0 Reply
Omg wtf micro-waved a badger!?Where did u hear that?...Thats horrible!
mollykinvara (5 days ago) 0 Reply
where'd he get the badger?
that'd make for a good song
B00113560 (3 weeks ago) 0 Reply
omg were did he find a badger?

Someone posted a photo of a kid in blue jeans with the song "15 to 20" to accompany it. For now, I suppose that's the video for our song. The comments below are pretty incredible. I really hope the Woody and the badger story gets some legs. Where did he find a badger, indeed?

We are filming a video for "15 to 20" directed by Moh Azima. It will be finished by the end of the month.

This just came out in Australia:

Sunday, August 9, 2009