Tuesday, January 22, 2013

O Canada! Whither Thy Maple Leaf?

Canadians have another thing to feel inferior about. Their signature Maple Leaf has been morphed into a Norwegian variety on their latest banknotes! And the woman spokesman didn't even apologize!
“It’s rather sad. It’s not the first time that it’s happened,” said Julian Starr, a botany professor at the University of Ottawa who specializes in plant identification and classification. “It’s almost Canadian in the fact that we can’t even get our symbols right.”

However, the Bank of Canada, which makes bank notes, says the $20 bill does not depict a Norway maple leaf, but rather a “stylized” design.

“We created an image for the bank note that represents a stylized Canadian maple leaf, if you will, so that it wouldn’t represent any specific species, specifically not the Norway maple,” said spokeswoman Julie Girard.

Ms. Girard said the bank worked with a botanist who specializes in trees. However, she declined to reveal the scientist’s name, citing privacy reasons.
STYLIZED! Canadians are not even sure enough of their identity to stamp their OWN Maple Leaf onto their OWN currencies...!

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