This seems truly inspired! It seems that since Leonard Nimoy's death earlier this year, Canadians have been "Spocking" the crap out of their 5 dollar bills. What does that mean? It means people are artistically altering the portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, to look like our favourite Vulcan!
Things are getting so out of hand that the Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop defacing its bills.
Sir Wilfrid, who probably never received much of a makeover in hi own lifetime, now sports, on certain bills at least, iconic pointy ears, the signature Vulcan haircut and eyebrows, the Vulcan hand greeting and Spock’s mantra “Live long and prosper.” Spocks from different eras also appear.
Surprisingly, perhaps, it's not illegal to doodle on your national currency if you're Canadian. With some measure of exasperation, however, the Bank had this to say:
...However, there are important reasons why it should not be done. Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.
Sir Wilfred wasn't a good looker but his features are somewhat Vulcanesque and lend themselves suitably to such modification. So I say go for it! These 5 dollar notes will probably become real collectors items in years to come once the fad for Spocking them passes.
Anyway, here's a few more Spockified (Spocked?) fivers:
Interestingly, I wanted to change the contrast settings on some of these images and sharpen them up a bit but PhotoShop wouldn't let me. It recognized that they were legal currency. So I guess it's off to Microsoft Paint to knock up that counterfeit currency! 😉
Seen any other Spocked notes in the wild? If so, send in a pic!
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