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The latest YouTube craze: Washing India’s money to test its waterproof claim

Never before has washing paper been so revealing.


Samantha Grasso

Internet Culture

Published Nov 14, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 8:42 pm CST

Never before has washing paper been so revealing. 

Videos of people washing India’s new 2,000 Rupee banknotes are going viral, with clips of the phenomenon clocking in millions of views. According to Mashable, three of the top 10 trending videos on YouTube in India are about people performing water test on the new 2,000-rupee bills.

In the videos, eager participants are washing or submerging the currency in water to test for its waterproof capabilities. 

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The viral videos conclude that the new notes are more waterproof than the 10-, 100-, and 500-rupee notes, but aren’t completely waterproof.

The 2,000- and 500-notes were introduced into India’s currency over the past week after the Indian government demonetized the current 500 and 1,000 notes on Tuesday. According to the Times of India, the move was an effort to stop counterfeits and to crack down on money earned on the black market.

While the press release from the Reserve Bank of India mentions nothing of the new note being waterproof, the viral videos are pretty telling themselves.

The new note was also rumored to be implanted with a GPS chips to track the rupee’s location via satellite, though India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley has debunked such notions. Now if only there was a series of videos testing this theory out, too.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Nov 14, 2016, 2:51 pm CST