Cocaine in the air May 31, 2007Posted by dorigo in humor, news, science.
Rome is a very nice city, which attracts millions of tourists every year. Its monuments, its history, the museums, the pope… All this is well known, but from now on Rome features a brand new tourist attraction: its air.
A very serious study performed by researchers of the italian CNR involved the analysis of samples of air in Rome, Taranto, and Algeri. The results ? In the air of Rome there is consistently a significant, although quite small, amount of cocaine – 0.1 nanograms per cubic meter.
The study has revealed the presence of other drugs in the air, and several carcinogenic substances as well. However, the CNR scientists say that overall the air in Rome has improved in the last few years. In all the three cities significant amounts of nicotine, cannabinol, and caffeine have also been detected, but only in Rome is cocaine significant.
Interesting to know, the highest concentrations of cocaine have been seen in the air around the Rome University “La Sapienza”… Enough to draw conclusions on the practice of sniffing cocaine by university professors ? I doubt it – their salary is too low for the prohibitive cost of the substance. Instead, I wonder if the CNR researchers took samples of air inside the various palaces of power, like the Ministeri, the Camera dei Deputati, the Senato. Results could be shocking.