Kavan Ratnatunga writes: "I found this item of Early Stress
tests on the Euro which I thought you might find amusing
Berlin, January 2):
"Euro notes survive being washed at close to boiling
temperatures but should not be ironed, a German daily said
on Tuesday after its reporters put the new money through
some everyday stress tests. The Bild newspaper found the
notes looking as good as new, only wetter, after a half-hour
wash at 95 degrees Celsius and a quick spin dry. They also
survived being put through a tumble drier.
But when the notes were ironed, their shiny security strip,
which displays their value, quickly became pockmarked. The
notes' embedded security thread also burned when put through
a microwave, Bild reported.
The notes changed colour and shrank briefly when dipped in
red wine, but expanded again as they soaked up the fluid.
Needless to say, the coins were completely destroyed when
run over by a tram."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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