Canadians 'Spock' their $5 bills to honour Leonard Nimoy
Trekkies the world over have been grieving the loss of Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), who died on Feb. 27 at the age of 87.
Star Trek fans have been paying tribute to the actor who played their beloved half-human, half-Vulcan science officer in many different ways.
The Canadian arm of Spock fans have been encouraged by the Canadian Design Resource to "Spock" their $5 bills and post the results online.
This isn't actually a new thing — apparently "Spocking" Canadian $5 and $10 bills has been going on for years. Last year, a Reddit thread was devoted to the practice in response to the new bills that were printed with Canadian-built robotic arms for the International Space Station program.
As you can see, it's pretty easy to turn former Prime Minister of Canada Sir Wilfrid Laurier into Spock.
In case you're wondering about the legality of defacing your bills, you don't have too much to worry about. While The Royal Canadian's Mint website does state that, "The Currency Act and The Canadian Criminal Code clearly state that no person shall melt down, break up or use otherwise than as currency any coin that is legal tender in Canada," the law does not specify the defacing of banknotes.
In 2002, a Bank of Canada spokesperson confirmed that banknotes with markings are still legal tender.
Besides, Laurier — who was Canada's seventh prime minister, between 1896 and 1911 — seems to approve of the craze from beyond the grave: