Canadians and Trekkies have been “Spocking” their five-dollar bills for years, but since Leonard Nimoy’s death there’s a been a surge in people sharing the defaced bills online to pay tribute.
Last week the Canadian Design Resource (CDR) Twitter account encouraged its followers to scribble on former Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s face to honor Nimoy.
"Spock" your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/bKdKyC3l4q— Design Canada (@The_CDR) February 27, 2015
There’s a community on Facebook called “SpockingYourFives” which explains the origins which is says are “shrouded in secrecy.”
Many years ago, some clever individual whos name has no doubt been forgotten in the annals of time noticed that Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s portrait on the Canadian five-dollar bill looked remarkably like a certain famous Vulcan. And thus the Spock five was born. With the advent of the new Canadian five-dollar bill, Laurier looks even more like Leonard Nimoy, ensuring the Spock five has a long and prosperous future.
With the increased attention towards “Spocking,” the Bank of Canada has come out saying that the practice is actually perfectly legal, but they still don’t want you to do it.
“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 spokeswoman Josianne Menard told theCBC.
Captain Kirk approves:
And the defacing of the Canadian $5 bill warms my heart— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 2, 2015
Images Via: Twitter/CDR
Veteran actor, cult-hero, icon, Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning in his Los Angeles home. Blaming his years as a smoker, Nimoy passed due to complications from his long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Best known for his portrayal of Star Trek's Chief Science Officer, Spock, Leonard Nimoy's diverse talents extend far beyond acting, into poetry, photography and music.
A hard-working character actor, thriving through television's infancy, Nimoy excelled at playing the outsider, or mysterious loner, a common archetype in early westerns. In 1966 he was offered the role of a different kind of outsider, a role that would forever launch him into media iconography, Star Trek's only regular alien, the Vulcan, Mr. Spock.
After a three year run on the bridge of the Enterprise, using Gene Roddenberry's imagined utopia to explore the complex social issues of race, gender, and morality in 1960's America, Star Trek was canceled. Ten years later, after a cult group of fans called Trekkies (or Trekkers) coalesced around the series, Nimoy would return as Spock. This time, on the silver screen.
After eight films, Spock along with the original Enterprise crew would retire from the franchise, but not for long. In 2009, when J.J. Abrams re-booted the original Star Trek crew, Leonard Nimoy would reprise his role as the Vulcan. Being the only veteran actor from the franchise to appear in the new series, Nimoy would go on to make an appearance in it's sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.
While Nimoy wasn't always happy being pigeon-holed as Spock, there was something of himself in the character. Feeling nearly ten years after the series wrapped,
To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behaviorTrekkies world-wide will mourn the loss of Leonard Nimoy and lament, that he has been, and always shall be, our friend.