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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 44, November 1, 2009, Article 23

CAN YOU FOOL A BREATHALYSER BY SUCKING A COPPER COIN?

Sometimes we discuss unusual uses for and myths about coins. Here's one I hadn't heard before, from the U.K.'s The Sun. -Editor

You may have been told that if you have had too much booze and get pulled over for a Breathalyser test, you should suck on a copper coin.

The theory is that the copper in the penny creates a chemical reaction with the alcohol in your saliva, which results in an inaccurate reading. But even the idea of the copper penny is false since most coins are made from other metals.

And a Breathalyser measures your blood alcohol content by gauging the alcohol level of the air deep within your lungs - not in your spit.

The article discusses a number of other common medical beliefs. Apparently there IS a correlation between the size of men's feet and the size of their socks.

To read the complete article, see: You know what they say about men with big feet (www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/2708107/
The-truth-about-medical-myths.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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