You know how they check your bills with that funny marker whenever you buy something? Do you know why? It’s not because the clerks like the funny marker smell—it’s because you look like a counterfeiter. If you try to pass any funny money, the magic marker detects the forgery and immediately sets off alarm bells, calls the cops, and alerts the FDA.
Well, money isn’t the only thing being counterfeited these days. Olive oil fraud has been in the news a lot lately, and there seems to be a lot of counterfeit food out there, including milk, saffron, honey, coffee, fish, tea, maple syrup, turmeric, black and chili pepper, pomegranate juice, doughnuts, and eggs.1
Well, the problem doesn’t stop with food. A new survey by the Dissociated Press found that, of all the news currently available, approximately 87% is counterfeit. This is a really serious problem, since we all use news sources to help us make important decisions.
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For the curious, here’s the original poll:
- While some of these counterfeits are pretty hard to detect, it’s pretty easy to figure out if you’ve got a counterfeit egg: you simply crack it open and see if there’s a golf ball inside. ↩