8 Bizarre Side Effects Of The 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Phenomenon

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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Phenomenon
From STDs lurking in book pages to divorces, 'Fifty Shades' is responsible for a lot of scary stuff.

You know what kind of people read Fifty Shades of Grey? Heathens! That’s who! Don't think so? Well, then how else do explain copies of it soaking in STDs and drugs? Pages being used for makeshift crack pipes? People humping the book as if it’s some sort of sex toy? OK, so the last two were a slight exaggeration, although I'm sure someone, somewhere, has probably tried to get it on with a book. I mean, look at American Pie; that was a pie! Either way, there are definitely some scary things going on with readers of the trilogy.

Along with being a gigantic seller and on it’s way to being made into a film, Fifty Shades of Grey has created such a stir everywhere that it's actually a phenomenon. Let's be honest: it's become practically a cult, resulting in some creepy, er, interesting behavior.

Here are some bizzaro facts associated with the series, that you may or may not, have wanted to know.

1. There's A Rise In STDs Among The 50+ Crowd
According to top doctor Charlotte Jones, the trilogy is causing a rise in sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhoea and syphilis, among older couples. Why? Thanks to the sexy books, the over-50s are getting more sexually confident — and adventurous in bed. We're all for exploring, but wrap it up, guys!

2. Herpes In The Pages Of Fifty Shades Is A Thing Now
May want to buy an original copy if you haven't read the trilogy yet. Recently a Belgian professor decided to take to a library in Antwerp to see what, if any, type of microbes and bacteria could be found on the most popular books. The results? All of the 10 most popular books tested positive for traces of cocaine, with Fifty Shades of Grey also testing positive "herpes simplex virus type 1 - a strain of herpes that causes cold sores." Granted, not enough to pass the virus, but enough to make you go "Ewww!"

3. Handcuff "Situations" Have Been On The Rise
As we reported, people indulging in sexual handcuff use and getting stuck in them (come on, people!), is on the rise. Since 2010 firefighters in London have had to finagle 79 (probably more since our initial story) people out of handcuffs.

4. Sales Of Rope Have Increased
Yep, that's right; hardware stores everywhere are also reaping the benefits of Fifty Shades as they watch the sale of rope skyrocket, especially soft, cotton-based rope.

5. People Are Making More Babies
Remember that whole baby boom thing that happened after WWII? Yeah, I don't either. But your parents or grandparents are part of what they call "Baby Boomers," because of the all the sexin' that was going on when the soldiers came home.

According to professors, we're likely to see yet another boom thanks to the trilogy that got so many people so hot and bothered. How are you going to explain to your kid that they’re the result of kinky night of doing the deed thanks to a poorly written book? That should be fun.

6. Husbands Have Been Freaking Out
Not only have there been more than a few women complaining that their husbands or boyfriends weren't down with them reading the book, but it has also led to violence in some cases.

In the summer of 2012, a British man was arrested for assault after he thought the best way to stop his girlfriend from reading Fifty Shades of Grey, was to smack her, then spray her with an "unidentified" brown sauce. Yikes.

7. Grammar Has Suffered
"Laters" isn't a word. "Laters baby," isn't anything anyone should ever say or want to hear, but thanks to the book, people everywhere are using a word that doesn't exist, and this ridiculous key chain exists. Can I get a very loud sigh and eye roll?

Flickr, wilddreemer

8. The Trilogy Has Caused Some Divorces
Remember the woman who filed for divorce because her husband wouldn't recreate some of the scenes in book? Yeah, don't think she was the first or the last, she was just the one the media picked up on.

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