New Canadian $5 celebrates the space programme


67 Responses to “New Canadian $5 celebrates the space programme”

  1. justsomeguy says:

    cool subject matter, but DAMN is it hideous

  2. dragonfrog says:

    The link to the Laurier-Spock modification is for the “new old” bill – the one the plastic note will be replacing.

    • edkedz says:

       I’m worried about the new plastic bills making Spocking the Laurier on fivers more difficult; ie maybe you’ll have to be pickier with the markers you use to avoid smearing, etc.

      • -hms- says:

         I don’t know what Spocking the Laurier sounds like, but it sounds like something…A dangerous trimaran sailing maneuver?

        • Christopher says:

          If I had to hazard a guess I’d say it’s like making a mushroom out of George Washington’s head.

          At least I hope that’s what it’s like.

        •  Spocking the Laurier is when the lead sweeper performs an Ollie off the brush end of the broom, allowing the stone to pass underneath. It’s one of the signature “moves” in the Parkour-influenced sport Freestyle Curling X-Treme. It’s also the title of my planned indie Freestyle Curling documentary, Spocking the Laurier: Freestyle Curling’s Journey from the Wildcat Rinks of Etobicoke to the Bright Lights of Regina.

        • edkedz says:

           Seriously, though, there’s an example above in the link just below the picture of the bill.

  3. mccrum says:

    I always appreciated the late David Rakoff’s take on the Canadian view of NASA:

    “In fact, if you were to ask most Canadians, what you think the space shuttle is for, they’d say, oh, you know, to go up and move stuff around in space with an arm.”

  4. schadenfreudisch says:

    why is sir wilfred featured on an outline of new jersey?

  5. dmatos says:

    That’s right, folks.  Our money has pictures of SPACE ROBOTS on it!

  6. eruditepegasus says:

    Odd that they have two types of maple leaves on that note.  Near the 5 is a leaf of a Norway maple, but the correct Canadian symbol of the Sugar maple is used in framing the images on the left.

    • Jorpho says:

       Previously on BoingBoing.

      I guess fixing it now would mean admitting to the mistake.  Oh well.

      • eruditepegasus says:

        Thanks.  I thought I had seen a story about this. I guess I saw it at the link you linked.  It seems silly that Canada would retrench in getting its own national symbol wrong.  This seems like the equivalent of the US using a golden eagle rather than a bald eagle.

      • GregS says:

        Fixing it? Canada is a land of immigrants. Why is it a mistake to show a leaf of an immigrant tree? Stop this unfair discrimination against immigrants!

        Norway maples have been in Canada since before Confederation, which means they’ve been here longer than the ancestors of most of the people complaining about them being on the new currency.

  7. SumoAllstar says:

    You’ll note that we Canadians spell “spacemen”  a little differently.

  8. -hms- says:

    I’m holding my excitement for the Chris Hadfield $2 note…

    • mccrum says:

      Chris Hadfield is Canadian?  I had no idea.  He’s so goddamned dreamy.

      • -hms- says:

        I feel like it’s happened so many times recently that I find out later that a thing/person I loved is Canadian after the fact…

        • mccrum says:

          Like Monty Hall.

        • Peter says:

          It’s part of a secret Canadian plot, we often Candianize people after they become awesome.  We do an Orwellian rewriting of history to make them retroactively born here or one of their parents a Canadian.  

          Neil deGrasse Tyson, I believe you’re up next! 

          We also liberally claim awesome people as a Canadian if you were actually born here, even if you lived most of your life elsewhere, if you permanently came here to live at one point, or if you were a cast member on a science fiction show filmed here.

      • GregS says:

        That’s WHY he’s so goddamned dreamy!

    • Wild Rumpus says:

      I’m holding my excitement for Chris Hadfield, Prime Minister!

  9. Dyson Forbes says:

    Shame they have the wrong leaf on it. You would have thought that would have been fixed when they got slammed for it with their first designs. Perhaps we will be able to use our money in Norway too. 

  10. Lee Keeler says:

    That’s NOT HOW YOU SPELL “Spacemen”. Nice try, Canada. 

  11. Allan Hughes says:

    Northern Bank in Northern Ireland had a similar polymer note issued a number of years ago that was much nicer

  12. Ian McLoud says:

    Here’s hoping SPECIMEN remains on the printed note.

  13. TheOven says:

    We spell it “program” in Canada.

  14. Spocko says:

    BTW, I convert Quatloos to Bitcoins or other currencies in case you need someone for exchanges. I peg the Quatloo to the Loonie.

  15. John Bodart says:

    They only hitched a ride into space with Americans and Russians.

  16. “New Canadian $5 celebrates the Corel Draw tutorial”.

  17. Canadian here. Hate hate HATE the plastic bills. They bond together with a static cling, so well that it’s very easy to accidentally overpay by a multiple of the bill in question.

    • They bond together with a static cling,

      Really? I have never seen that in Australia. If anything ours are always a bit crumpled and tend to stand away from each other. Maybe you need to run your new currency in.

    • Timmo Warner says:

      I have this problem too. One time I was even SURE I had made sure there was only one bill.

      I assume this will go away once they get used a bit though.

  18. Flashman says:

    It’s a nice looking note, apart from the rather dated font for ‘Canada’, but dammit are we ever going to stop patting ourselves on the back for the ‘Canadarm’, i.e what the rest of the world has only ever referred to as the space shuttle’s ‘utility arm’?
    It’s kind of sad.
    I would have preferred a nice picture of Mount Rundle, or Long Beach

  19. semiotix says:

    Canada’s really going nuts with the whole robot arm thing, huh? 

    I’m picturing the distant future of space travel, when the peaceful explorers of the United Earth space fleet ply the ultraviolet mists of the hyperspace lanes, on moon-sized world ships AND THEY’VE ALL GOT A ROBOT ARM! (…yeah okay thanks Canada, good job)

  20. vonbobo says:

    I think it was the Engadget title that read “Canada is dominating the space currency race”. Brilliant

  21. manydurves says:

    specimen?  more like spaceman! wakka wakka wakka

  22. Dean Frey says:

    See this great Kate Beaton comic on Spocking Wilfrid Laurier:

    I like the design of the new bill, but will miss the existing one with the hockey scene and a quote from the great Roch Carrier story The Hockey Sweater:

    Les hivers de mon enfance étaient des saisons longues, longues. Nous vivions en trois lieux: l’école, l’église et la patinoire; mais la vraie vie était sur la patinoire.

    The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places—the school, the church and the skating rink—but our real life was on the skating rink.

  23. Ryan Lenethen says:

    Love it. However, as much as I dig the Canada robot arm, I think it would have been equally important to honor our actual astronauts. How hard would it to find room for a couple of head shots?
    A quick 2 second wiki for candidates:
    Robert Brent “Bob” Thirsk: Spent nearly 205 days in space.
    Roberta Bondar: First Canadian woman in space.
    Chris Hadfield: First Commander, and First space walk.

  24. I’m going to side with the “hideous” crowd.

  25. Woody Smith says:

    Will no one think of the poor counterfeiters? LOOK at that damn bill! You’d NEED to be a government to make one of those. Who will feit our counters now?

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