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)

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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:

http://www.loweringthebar.net/2012/09/maple-syrup-theft.html
http://www.loweringthebar.net/2012/10/breaking-maple-syrup-found.html
http://www.loweringthebar.net/2012/12/three-arrested-maple-syrup.html

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.

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