The world can be a pretty rough and tumble, ugly place more times often than not, but one thing is for sure – the collective humor of strangers online can make you laugh and warm your heart, always.
Ever since actor Leonard Nimoy’s passing on Feb. 27, 2015, Canadians have been “Spocking” their $5.00 bills even more than they used to and the Bank of Canada has stepped in to ask for it to stop. The phenomenon didn’t creep up naturally, though. It’s come about after a social media campaign called on Canadians to do so.
The seventh Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, is the face being “Spocked” on the bill, and according to the Toronto Sun, so many Canadians have taken to participating in the campaign that the Bank of Canada requested people stop defacing the currency.
Laurier’s image is showing up more and more frequently with Spock’s trademark pointy ears, eyebrows and haircut, sporting a typical Star Trek badge, even uttering Spock’s famous adage:
Live long and prosper.
The Sun reports that Bank of Canada spokesperson Josianne Menard agrees that the Spocking campaign isn’t “illegal” per say, but still urges Trekkies and Nimoy fans to discontinue the practice. She stated:
It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes… 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.
Somehow, though, it seems illogical that Menard’s statement urging folks against Spocking will have much of any effect.