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“Spocking,” the craze of altering Canadian $5 bills to make the former politician on them look like Spock from Star Trek in tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, is not illegal, says the Bank of Canada, but definitely illogical.
“Spock” your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/bKdKyC3l4q
— Design Canada (@The_CDR) February 27, 2015
Spocking involves altering the appearance of Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s former Prime Minister, to look like Spock, Nimoy’s famous Star Trek character. Spocking took off after Nimoy’s death last Friday from lung disease.
The BBC reports that the Bank of Canada has not expressly ruled Spocking illegal, it has nonetheless implored fans to stop the practice.
“The Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride,” Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard said in an email to the CBC.
Fans though haven’t heeded the call and continue to Spock their $5 bills.
— Sari Kangas (@KangasSari) March 5, 2015
— Scott Reid (@scottreid1980) March 4, 2015