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Avatar of BillBy on January 19th, 2013 at 10:17 am

‘Wrong’ maple leaf on Canadian banknotes

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Leave it to those North of the Border to redefine the term ‘funny money’.

Canada’s new plastic banknotes feature Norway maple leaves, instead of the Canadian sugar maple leaf, according to botanists.

They argue the leaf shown features more sections and has a more pointed outline than the Canadian version.

The maple leaf is featured on the new C$20 (£13), C$50 and C$100 notes, which were introduced in November.

Bank of Canada officials say the image is a “stylised” leaf, created with the help of a botanist.

“I think it’s just an after-the-fact excuse,” said Sean Blaney, senior botanist at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, who first brought the image to the attention of the broadcaster CBC.

The Norway maple, however, is a popular tree in central and eastern Canada, after being imported from Europe.

“It has naturalised to Canada,” Mr Blaney said.

So these foliage aren’t illegal then.

The polymer banknotes have also faced criticism for not working in many vending machines.

Now its the real issue. I’d be angry about not being able to buy my soft drink. If I was in Canada, I would be looking to sue someone.

(You can turn off the sarcasm now)

  • Kangaji
    10:38 am on January 19th, 2013 1

    but according to Teadrinker if the world was just more like Canada everything would be unicorns and sunshine

  • Bobby Ray
    11:11 am on January 19th, 2013 2

    What did the canadian fellow say when they said they didnt think that was a canadian maple leaf?

    He said No way.

    Get it? No way – Norway

    After this there aint no need for no polack joke no more.

    How many of them canadians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

    It only takes one if its that Teadrinker cause he just holds it real tight and the world revolves around him to hear him tell it.

  • tom langley
    11:36 am on January 19th, 2013 3

    A number of years ago when the Toronto Blue Jays were playing a game (it may have been a World Series but I’m not sure) the US Marine Corp band played the Canadian National Anthem (Oh Canada) & by mistake held the Canadian flag upside down. They really got their panties in a wad over that & quite frankly I don’t blame them. If a foreign country had done that with the US flag I would be upset also. That the Canadian Treasury did this however is pretty messed up, oh Canada indeed.

  • Glans
    1:47 pm on January 19th, 2013 4

    The USA is even more famous than Canada, so our flag is well known. And the classic stars-and-stripes pattern is easier to get right. The only thing is, don’t get tired drawing all fifty stars.

  • Liz
    2:24 pm on January 19th, 2013 5

    I like the idea of polymer banknotes.
    The DPRK would have a harder time counterfeiting that (it would probably cut their GDP in half).
    How’s aboot plastic money!

  • Porky Romano
    3:56 pm on January 19th, 2013 6

    The two men in charge of the designing process, Robert and Douglas McKenzie, made the following statement- “Take off, hosers.”

  • Kingkitty
    4:26 pm on January 19th, 2013 7

    I seem to remember a Canadian Singer forgetting the words to the Canadian National Anthem at the Same Blue Jays game.

    Well at least they had the right Maple Leaf on that flag. Aaaaahhh

  • Teadrinker
    4:29 pm on January 19th, 2013 8

    Bah, that’s nothing. Used to be that the moose on our 25 cents looked more like Queen Elizabeth than her supposed likeness on the opposite side of the coin.

  • Teadrinker
    4:43 pm on January 19th, 2013 9

    Besides, the maple leaf on the Canadian flag obviously doesn’t look like a sugar maple. It’s a stylized representation of it.


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