first_imgA spokesperson for the Bank of England declined to comment over the images of shrunken banknotes appearing on social media, but did note that the bank has said the new plastic currency is durable – not indestructible.— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016 Overcooked!!!— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016 Some others, including rapper Jme, have been trying to destroy the notes.   The new £5 note went into circulation last month, and the Bank of England said they would cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes, lasting around five years longer.People have been putting the claims to the test and trying to destroy the new note.Social media is full of pictures of notes that have been inadvertently shrunk – including this one from comedian Ryan Swain:center_img— Jme (@JmeBBK) October 3, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Despite the popularity of the picture, some are suspicious that the picture could have been faked.YouTube user jamesb72 has also uploaded a video in which he heats up two £5 notes in the oven.The first one shrivels up in seconds – but when he tries it again, with a baking tray on top to prevent it from shriveling, it doesn’t appear to shrink at all: The new £5 note is hard to destroy because it is made of polymer.Because of its strong plastic structure, people have found another surprising use for it.A video of  Michael Ridge, from Norwich, has shown he was able to play ABBA’s Money, Money, Money on his record player using the new five pound note as a needle.All that is needed to use the five pound note as a needle is a contact microphone and an amplifier.last_img

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