Monday, May 7, 2007

What, are you loon-ey?

Remember that hubbub last year when the government came out all of a sudden and said that there was crazy spy technology hidden in some Canadian coins, and that these were being used in an intelligence-generating capacity in the US? Everyone was like, um, huh, wtf? Well, it turns out that the US intelligence agents who prompted these reports are, to use a polite word, gobsmacked MORANS.

The harmless "poppy coin" was so unfamiliar to suspicious U.S. Army contractors traveling in Canada that they filed confidential espionage accounts about them. The worried contractors described the coins as "anomalous" and "filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology," according to once-classified U.S. government reports and e-mails obtained by the AP.


The supposed nano-technology actually was a conventional protective coating the Royal Canadian Mint applied to prevent the poppy's red color from rubbing off. The mint produced nearly 30 million such quarters in 2004 commemorating Canada's 117,000 war dead.