Well, it’s hiding on the Bank of Canada website – but first, a story ….
Grandpa collected a lot of things, not least of which was coins. Before I ever expressed a real interest in collecting, Grandma had sold/traded/gave away most of grandpa’s collection – anything left was pretty heavily circulated, and not worth much.
As I started collecting circulated coins, I think Grandma started to feel guilty, so she started buying commemorative coin sets for me to add to my collection. My favourite coins are still 2 fairly heavily circulated Victory nickels from 1945.
I remember when they introduced the loonie, and and there was a mad rush on one dollar bills. I collected and kept everyone I could get my hands on – they’re stuffed inside an unbreakable piggy bank somewhere in my parent’s basement. A similar rush on $2 bills when they introduced the toonie … Sometimes I have a hard time remembering the two dollar bill for whatever reason.
Anyhow, this is the long way of getting around to this new $10 bill they’ve introduced for Canada’s 150th celebration. It’s pretty slick looking, with 4 important political figures on the front, great Canadian landscapes on the reverse, and more hidden nuggets of Canadian history than you can shake a stick at.
The Bank of Canada website shares all this sweet Canadiana glory with us, and they’ve managed to sneak in some pop culture history. It’s for top level ‘Video Game Nerdy’ types:
The Konami code – Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right B, A – performed on your computer keyboard.
Once this code is performed, turn up your speakers and listen to an eight bit version of the Canadian national anthem – just the way it would sound on an Atari or Nintendo Entertainment System. They also make it rain ten dollar bills …
Perform the code again to stop the song.
It’s best not to ask how one finds all these nerdy things on the Internet… It’s probably an answer you don’t want to hear.