Hot maple syrup

quebec maple syrup cans flickr katinalynnNews from the north: Canadian officials are currently in the process of busting a ring associated with "a massive maple syrup heist" from -- we kid you not -- the global strategic maple syrup reserve, an OPEC-like cartel of Canadian producers that exerts significant influence over the worldwide price of syrup.

The alleged plot involved the theft of 6 million pounds of maple syrup -- an amount worth $18 million and "enough to smother a Himalayan mountain of waffles and pancakes."

Eighteen people have already been arrested and "seven people are still at large and possibly vacationing in Florida."

When global warming finally prompts the Maple Syrup War of 2067, New York and Vermont are going to be sorry they ceded to Quebec such a large strategic syrup reserve advantage.

[The Star] [NYT] [Globe and Mail] [Montreal Gazette] [NYT] [Globe and Mail]

photo: Flickr user katinalynn (cc)


I read this post and thought I accidentally clicked on The Onion.

The excellent blog Lowering the Bar has had excellent coverage of this sticky situation (groan) since it broke:

There you can find such insightful commentary as:

...a source would say only that an "important" amount of syrup had been found. I don't know how much syrup it takes to be an "important" amount—it probably depends whether you have pancakes in front of you...

I do think that Canadians know something that many Americans do not: You can't have too much pure maple syrup. You just can't.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by turkey, stuffing, family, friends and gratitude. Also, by tryptophan hangovers. And of course, it was brought to you... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past holiday week on AOA: + As is tradition, our annual Thanksgiving charity drawing asked: What are you... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Welcome to the holiday season in the Capital Region -- when there are more things to do than you can shake a peppermint stick at.... (more)

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish you a happy Thanksgiving. (We hope it involves pie.) Thank you for being a part of AOA this year.... (more)

"A day of Prayer and Thanksgiving in this State"

Until 1863 "days of Thanksgiving" were irregularly observed holidays in the United States. That's when Abraham Lincoln -- at the urging of Sarah Josepha Hale,... (more)

Recent Comments

Needs more monorail.

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 1 comment, most recently from RH

Happy Thanksgiving!

...has 1 comment, most recently from mg

They came from the Capital Region

...has 84 comments, most recently from Brad J

Another view of the ESP that didn't quite happen

...has 5 comments, most recently from Ann

Crepes at The French Press Cafe and Creperie

...has 6 comments, most recently from BS