June 12, 2015 – As Star Trek’s Mr. Spock was known to say, “live long and prosper” – well, it looks like Leonard Nimoy will do just that. At least in Canada. The Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to please stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills which feature a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Laurier looks just enough like Nimoy that since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadians have been extensively “Spocking” the currency. The Canadian fiver with Laurier’s image has been augmented with pointy ears, the signature haircut and even the Vulcan v-shaped hand salute .
The Star Trek doodlings have now become so rampant that the Bank of Canada has been forced to release a statement, saying that “Spocking” is not illegal but:
“…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.”
Oh Canada. The Bank’s humble plea may have been so polite (aka Canadian) that it only brought attention to those who were not already putting Spock on their money and have since started doing so.