The introduction of new polymer based bills began in November 2011, but last month more common $5s and $20s have entered circulation. With it has come a flurry of unsettling observations ranging from their supposed aroma to complaints that the bills become sticky and even melt in the heat.
Dr. Marilyn Jones-Gotman, a professor in McGill University’s Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, studies olfactory perception. She told ABC News that while it is unusual to happen on such a large scale, it is possible for people to smell a smell that isn’t actually there. These olfactory illusions are usually triggered by emotional stimuli.
Dr. Jones-Gotman thinks it’s unlikely but she does admit to the strong emotional relationship Canadians have with their maple syrup.
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May 30, 2013