Take that crisp new bill out of your wallet. Scratch it, sniff it. Does it smell like maple syrup to you? Canadians are reporting that the new polymer banknotes carry the scent of maple, and are turning to Bank of Canada for an explanation.
Turns out, people have been noticing the sweet smell of maple since the new plastic bills were released back in 2011. The Canadian Press got their sticky hands on citizen correspondence to the bank, finding that there have been inquiries about the scent for months.
“I would like to know … once and for all if these bills are in fact scented, as I do detect a hint of maple when smelling the bill,” wrote one strong-nosed Canadian. Others have heard the reports and are suggesting we up the aroma in our currency. “The note … lost its maple smell,” wrote in one Canadian. “I strongly suggest the Bank increases the strength of the … maple smell.”
Bank of Canada has denied adding any odours to our money, but thinks that it’s a brilliant move. What’s next on the menu: bacon bills?
Farrah Khaled is an intern at the Toronto Standard. Follow her on twitter at @farkhaly.