Today's award goes to the designer of Canada's new banknotes. The Telegraph reports:
The boss of the Bank of Canada ... is under fire for issuing new bank notes depicting the “wrong species” of maple leaf.
Rather than a native leaf from the national emblem, the currency team at the Bank of Canada have printed $20, $50 and $100 bank bills with a Norwegian maple instead.
Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre botanist Sean Blaney told reporters: “It’s really hard to deny the image is of a Norway maple.”
Julian Starr, a botany professor at the University of Ottawa said: “I would have said immediately that it would be best to make it look more like a native maple leaf. I mean this to me is just ... wrong."
There's more at the link, including photographs of the offending design.
Incredibly, the Bank of Canada tried to defend the new design, insisting that it was 'stylized' so as not to resemble any particular type of maple leaf too closely. That may be true, but . . . Norwegian??? Isn't that a few thousand miles off-course, monetarily or otherwise?