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New Rs 2,000 note: Does it fade? Can you wash it? Video experiments go viral (video)


These days, social media selfies in India are tinged with a lot of pink! The new Rs 2,000 currency notes are here, and even though it hasn’t found widespread acceptance across marketplaces yet (try using the crisp note at your grocer’s and you’ll know what we’re talking about), social media is buzzing with photos, selfies and memes. Even the fake ones are out!

Now, as is the way of the Digital Era, with something new, there must be analysis, experiments and tests – all in the online space. While several stories of wrongly printed information on the new notes have erupted and died a natural death, others decided to check the durability of the new currency in the physical realm. The paper notes have already been called toy-like and something out of a Monopoly box, but is it really of an inferior quality?

Two different videos have gone viral, both putting the new Rs 2,000 note through bizarre tests (and we don’t really think either is legal. But then, in the world of viral videos, such thoughts are usually secondary). In the first, a man checks to see if the colour printed on to the new note comes off easily or not. He takes a bit of cotton and vigorously rubs it on the new note – both front and back.

To know what happens next, watch the video here.

The other video that gained a lot more traction is that of someone ‘washing’ the new currency note under a tap! The video, which was uploaded on Youtube on 11 November, has already garnered a whopping 5.8 million views at the time of writing.

To find out whether it passed the water test with flying colours, watch the video here.

This guy decided to go further and put the note through a triple stress test. Watch the video here:

What do you think of these tests? Do you think they’re all genuine? Tell us in the comments below.

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