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New plastic based Canadian money was introduced in November of 2011 and has now begun circulating around the country, and something seems strange about the new currency. Some Canadians seems to think it smells exactly like Canadian maple syrup. A newspaper tested the $100 bills by sniffing them and the consensus was they smell like syrup.

Not everybody smells the syrup in the bills and there wasn’t anything added to them to give them the smell but the debate goes on. One real problem is the fact that the bills are made of a polymer base and can melt. Mona Billard of Ontario noted her eight year old son had eight $100 bills in a metal can near a radiator and they melted together, and others have complained of the bills becoming sticky and melting when they get hot. As for the smell, a Professor at McGill University thinks it’s possible for people to smell a smell that isn’t there, but it is unusual on such a large scale. She does admit though, Canadians have a strong emotion relationship with the maple syrup.