Newswire: Bank of Canada says it’s legal, but not appreciated, to Spock your cash

Since Leonard Nimoy’s death last week, Canadians have been honoring Mr. Spock by drawing his likeness over Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s face on out-of-date Canadian money. According to io9, Laurier’s vague similarities to the Enterprise’s science officer have led Canadians to “Spock” their bills for years, but the practice has spiked with Nimoy’s passing, thanks in part to social media.

Proving that the U.S. isn’t the continent’s only source of tone-deaf national institutions, Bank of Canada spokesperson Josianne Menard confirms that while Spocking Canadian five-dollar bills isn’t illegal, it’s also not very nice.

Menard clarified to the CBC that it’s not illegal to draw on money, but added, “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.” Of course …

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