The smell of money: To Canadians, it's maple syrup
The Bank of Canada denies adding the sweet scent to its new plastic bank notes. Still, some citizens are asking for more.
The mysterious smell came to a boil when the news outlet asked for a year's worth of correspondence sent to the bank about the currency. The first polymer note was issued in 2011, with $5 and $10 bills introduced this year. Dozens of Canadians had contacted the bank about the scent, and some asked whether a scratch-and-sniff patch had been added, according to the bank's records.
The mysterious scent marks the latest controversy for the currency. One botanist earlier this year alleged the Bank of Canada chose the image of a Norway maple -- an invasive species -- for its $20, $50 and $100 bills instead of the native sugar maple, as MSN Money reported in January. (The bank has also denied using the wrong maple, according to The Canadian Press.)
And then there are reports of melting money. One bank teller told the Toronto Star that she had heard of cases in which the plastic bills fused in a hot car.
Given those previous problems, the maple syrup mystery is surely a sweeter issue for the bank to deal with.
Still, not everyone is happy. "The note . . . lost its maple smell," one writer complained. "I strongly suggest the Bank increases the strength of the . . . maple smell."
Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
Reports say the generous benefactor behind the huge gratuities is a former PayPal executive.
- Chinese investors are buying up Detroit
- Mega Millions jackpot hits $344 million
- 5 reasons to think twice about a balance transfer card
- Will I have to pay taxes because of a foreclosed home?
- 5 things that won't affect your credit scores
- The 7 deadly sins of winter driving
- 8 questions to ask before Mom and Dad move in
- High deductibles fuel new worries of Obamacare sticker shock
- How to use your credit card to donate to charity
[BRIEFING.COM] The major averages spent the entire session in a steady downtrend, but despite persistent selling pressure, today's losses were limited in scope. The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq shed between 0.2% and 0.3% while the Russell 2000 lagged, falling 0.9%.
The underperformance of the Russell 2000 was likely owed in part to tax-loss selling, which tends to pick up this time of year. Small-caps often feel that pinch in a stronger fashion than large-cap issues since individual ... More
More Market News
John Stumpf acknowledges that growth has been slow, but he says he's still optimistic.