Leonard Nimoy Redux: Mr. Spock Is Now Shown On Canadian Currency (via Pens and Sharpies Only) March 4, 2015

Leonard Nimoy Redux: Mr. Spock Is Now Shown On Canadian Currency (via Pens and Sharpies Only)

Canadian Star Trek fans are not about to pass up an opportunity to honor Leonard Nimoy, a.k.a. Mr. Spock, who died on Friday.

His death sparked various memes worldwide including a group of Canadians who began “spocking” their five dollar bills. “Spocking” [means] drawing over the official image of former Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier. The Laurier image is being defaced with Spock’s signature bowl hairstyle, pointed Vulcan ears, and upslanted eyebrows.

Before:

And after:

Great makeover!

Canada’s National Bank, while conceding that the practice isn’t illegal, counsels people against defacing currency for reasons of durability and “national pride,” and also because doodling on banknotes may interfere with high-tech security features engineered into the bills.

For what it’s worth, I just opened up both the Laurier note and the Spock version in Adobe Photoshop, to straighten and resize them before posting. The original appeared on my screen without a hitch. The Spock bill, however, wouldn’t reveal itself:

This application does not support the editing of banknote images.

So Photoshop thinks the Spock note is more real than the Laurier one.

Maybe Adobe’s developers are Star Trek fans, too.

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