This week the Canadian government announced that to reduce costs and battle counterfeiters, the Bank of Canada will start issuing polymer $10 and $20 bills later this year. So they will be more plastic-based, as opposed to our current cotton-based paper. Wait -- our paper is cotton, like Kleenex? Who knew? Gross. Ick.
This plastic-type money is currently used in several other countries, including Mexico. And we all know how strong their currency is...
Actually this sounds like a good idea. The new plastic money will be harder to counterfeit as can embed better security, and will be less grubby as the plastic will not absorb oil, sweat, or anything else. Ick. Swiss researchers have found that flu viruses can survive in paper money for 17 days. Ick.
I don't like thinking about money, because I don't know where it has been and how truly gross that coloured paper may be. So yes I am totally on side with the idea of cleaner more germ-free money.
So the important questions are: what will the new money look like? Are there changes to our loonies and toonies ($1 and $2 coins)? Will the plastic money be shinier or slippier? Can we recycle it?
And now that the cotton/paper money will be gone, will we have to stop making old-school Vaudeville jokes about money growing on trees? Can we come up with some 'made in a lab' jokes? Some sly reference to The Graduate and plastics? And what about burning through money? Won't plastic money melt rather than burn?
Oy, this sarcasm thing is hard work....
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