The death of actor, writer and director Leonard Nimoy prompted a wave of tributes across the Internet. Canada, however, wins the honor for the most touching tribute to “Star Trek’s” Mr. Spock. They found a way to put him on their currency.
Canada revived in an old geek tradition called “Spocking” in which they draw Mr. Spock’s likeness on their $5 bill. The bill features a portrait of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier that actually looks very close to the older Spock if you draw in the hair, eyebrow and signature pointy ears. So Canada’s Spock fans started dressing up their money with Spock’s likeness using black ink and posting their portraits on a special Facebook page.
Unfortunately, Canada has made it harder for people to “Spock” their fives since they switched from paper to plastic currency. However, a photo posted to Reddit over the weekend proved that it’s not impossible and the Internet started reviving the tradition.
The practice isn’t illegal but the Bank of Canada warned citizens that drawing on their notes could “interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan.” They shouldn’t be so worried. Doesn’t “Spocking” your notes mean that you’re “Vulcanizing” them? Play rimshot here:
Puns are a sickness. I’m not proud of this.
Why should Canada have all the fun? I figured America should do something to honor Nimoy’s artistic legacy on its currency. So I grabbed a felt tip pin and a $1 bill from my wallet. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out so well.
So it’s not Spock but it would have made for a dandy memorial to Moe Howard.