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Some Canadians claim new money smells like maple syrup

Published: Tuesday, June 30 2015 3:51 p.m. MDT

Canada's $100 bill. Some claim the new polymer bills smell like maple syrup. (Bank of Canada) Canada's $100 bill. Some claim the new polymer bills smell like maple syrup. (Bank of Canada)

Some Canadians believe something smells fishy with their new polymer bills — or rather, something smells like syrup.

According to The Canadian Press, some Canadians believe that when the Bank of Canada released its first bank note with anti-fraud plastic — a $100 bill — it included a section that smells like Canadian maple syrup. Dozens have contacted the bank to see if the smell was a purposeful act or just a coincidence.

To test the theory, 19-year-old Michael Landsman of Montreal got a $100 bill and tested the scent with his family. He told ABC News that the bill gave off a scent that smelled like maple syrup — without being scratched or heated.

"It’s pretty cool actually," Landsman said. "They smell exactly like Canadian maple syrup."

"A few people were so convinced about the fragrant funds that they actually complained to bank officials that some of their new plastic notes were odor-free," CTV News reported.

"The note ... lost its maple smell," said one writer. "I strongly suggest the bank increases the strength of the ... maple smell."

Senior consultant in the Bank of Canada’s communications department, Dale Alexander, denied the new bills were made with a special recipe, telling ABC News, "The bank has not added any scent to the new bank notes."

Editor's Note: The original version of this story posted on May 30, 2013, failed to properly attribute all source materials, which violates our editorial policies. The story was revised on Oct. 10, 2013, to link to original source material.

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