June 30, 2012

The Smell of Money

This week in the totally weird and wacky:

I'm not sure whether to be embarrassed by this, or kind of proud. I just found out that Canada's new polymer $100 bills smell like maple syrup. Yep. For years we've been mocked by our neighbours to the south (all in good fun ☺) for having "Monopoly money" because our bills are coloured instead of just green. Now? I can only imagine the jokes that will come rolling in about our "scratch and sniff" currency. Though, it's not actually scratch and sniff—it just smells like maple syrup.

According to a perfumer, the smell is 'immortelle', which has a "herbaceous, honey scent with a hay or tobacco body" (Source) which somehow equals maple. Immortelle sounds more like a Twilight-inspired cologne to me, but whatever...

North America's aboriginal peoples were the first to discover maple syrup. Since then, the province of Quebec in Canada has become the leading producer, supplying three-quarters of the world's maple syrup. Canada exports $145 million CAD (approx. $141 million USD) worth every year. (Source) So I guess it's kind of fitting. Also—a bit weird and kind of yummy.
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  1. Wow, that's pretty awesome. I might be better at saving if US currency smelled delicious. ;)

  2. Mmmm maple syrup! I adore it on pancakes and waffles. My notes usually smell like fabric softener. I keep forgetting to check my pockets when I put jeans in to wash.

  3. Haha, I would love that! Except it would make me crave pancakes all the time. :)

  4. Mmmmm.... I want some! That may be the GREATEST souvenir idea ever.


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