Canada, the land of my people, is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The Bank of Canada made a commemorative $10 note for the occasion.
What's a Canadian $10 bill got to do with video games? Well, the line-up of important historical Canadians on the front of the note looks like a "SELECT YOUR CHARACTER" menu for an unorthodox fighting game, but there's more to the story. Visit the website set up for the note and enter the Konami Code.
You know the drill, right? Up up, down down, left, right, left, right, B, and A. No need to hit "Start" or any variation thereof: As soon as you tap "A," you'll see a rain of smaller $10 bills and hear a chiptune rendition of our national anthem, "O Canada."
When I first entered the code, I got a very grand rendition of the anthem. Someone changed it to the chiptune version at some point afterwards. Thank you, anonymous citizen.
I know what you're saying. "Currency is serious business." It is. A country's economy lives and dies by the strength of its dollar. But Canada's never been very good at treating its cash with solemnity. For a time, our $5 bill featured the opening paragraph from The Hockey Sweater, a story about a Quebecois boy whose life is ruined when he's forced to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey on the ice.