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255 comments

Sounds like (5, Funny)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | about 2 years ago | (#41556371)

Someone came to a sticky end :)

Re:Sounds like (5, Funny)

maroberts (15852) | about 2 years ago | (#41556739)

The cops are no doubt celebrating the sweet smell of success - with pancakes for breakfast....

Re:Sounds like (2)

elfprince13 (1521333) | about 2 years ago | (#41557219)

"I am all that is man"

Re:Sounds like (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556853)

(puts on sunglasses) Yyyyeaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!

Re:Sounds like (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556889)

oblig. Weebl & Bob [weebls-stuff.com]

Re:Sounds like (3, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | about 2 years ago | (#41557397)

Surely he should have been shot *13* times for a real "Baker's Dozen"? :-O

Re:Sounds like (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557033)

Ahhh, sweet victory.

Re:Sounds like (2)

Scr4tchFury (1211936) | about 2 years ago | (#41557487)

Sounds like a happy ending ;)

A Lead on the Culprit (5, Funny)

Scarletdown (886459) | about 2 years ago | (#41556375)

So far, the only significant bit of evidence found at the scene where these barrels were retrieved was the cryptic phrase B. Worth, written in syrup on the floor.

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556403)

Mrs. Butterworth's syrup contains no maple syrup.

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (3, Funny)

Scarletdown (886459) | about 2 years ago | (#41556415)

So someone is trying to frame her? I heard there is a Log Cabin near the scene that may warrant investigating.

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556661)

"Mrs. Butterworth's syrup contains no maple syrup."

It also doesn't contain any butter.

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556709)

It's also not worth shit.

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (0)

xmousex (661995) | about 2 years ago | (#41557181)

and theres no vagina either

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (2)

Dunbal (464142) | about 2 years ago | (#41557107)

We call that "telephone pole syrup".

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (3, Funny)

SeaFox (739806) | about 2 years ago | (#41556589)

Let's not take too much stock in it. It's possible her Aunt Jemima is trying to frame her.

Carmel Colored Corn Syrup... (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 2 years ago | (#41557205)

Neither one of them use actual maple syrup, so the frame job would appear to trying to make the other one less of a fraud...

Re:A Lead on the Culprit (4, Interesting)

shentino (1139071) | about 2 years ago | (#41557163)

Are they sure that the syrup they're returning hasn't been contaminated?

Stealing something and then making it easy to recover seems to be a perfect trojan horse.

Hmmm... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556387)

Sounds like the leaked Ocean's 14 script.

Those Canadians really are serious about their maple syrup.

Re:Hmmm... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556731)

dasrasit.gif

Re:Hmmm... (1)

rwise2112 (648849) | about 2 years ago | (#41557373)

Sounds like the leaked Ocean's 14 script.

Those Canadians really are serious about their maple syrup.

Liquid gold, baby!

Re:Hmmm... (2)

Guspaz (556486) | about 2 years ago | (#41557543)

It was worth about $20 million, that's serious business.

Viva the embargo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556413)

No maple syrup for Iran this week...

THANK GOD (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556423)

Thank God! This could have turned into a real sticky situation!

Did they test it for poison? (5, Insightful)

tlambert (566799) | about 2 years ago | (#41556437)

Did they test it for poison, or did they just put it back in the reserve without testing? There was no chain of custody during the time it was missing, after all.

I just don't understand.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556451)

I just don't understand how someone makes off with half a million gallons (possibly more, mind you) without tipping anybody off.

Re:I just don't understand.. (1)

Aryden (1872756) | about 2 years ago | (#41556491)

This was what the hell I was wondering when I read about it the first time.

Re:I just don't understand.. (5, Funny)

bfandreas (603438) | about 2 years ago | (#41556537)

Yes, but since everybody expecty syrup just to stick around nobody really thinks that those trucks are actually nicking syrup. Somebody is bound to have the paperwork so no need to be nosy. Diamonds, yes. Syrup? How do you fence stuff like that? It leaves quite a bit of a trail if the barrels leak. Also ants could be a problem.
Diamonds! That's where it's at!

Re:I just don't understand.. (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 2 years ago | (#41556673)

I'm wondering how big those barrels are. If they were 55 gallon drums, that would be about 33,000 gallons recovered out of what, half a million supposedly out there?

No wonder they did it in an armed convoy. The recovered syrup increased in percieved value by 12 times! And dammit, I was gonna have pancakes this morning, too...

Re:I just don't understand.. (2)

cowboy76Spain (815442) | about 2 years ago | (#41556823)

My bet? They profited from the syrup properties.

It was an insider operation. Workers of the reserve dipped inside the vats each day; when they arrived home they just had to remove from their bodies and clothes and into the vat.

Re:I just don't understand.. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41557291)

You get a hold of a tanker.
Heck the guy could have worked for someone security recogonized, and worked twice as hard. One tank for the company one tank for me.
You drive up and say, I am here for a drop off. You go in and instead of pump to your truck to the reserve you go the other way.

Being only Maple syrup, I doubt there was massive security.

Sorry but... (4, Interesting)

xded (1046894) | about 2 years ago | (#41556545)

I'm from Europe and I don't really get why a strategic reserve of maple syrup is needed... Do you plan on living on maple syrup in case of a nuclear holocaust?

Re:Sorry but... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556583)

I'm from Europe too, but I can Google: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/why-does-canada-have-a-strategic-maple-syrup-reserve/261869/

Re:Sorry but... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556723)

I'm from Africa, but I can make a clickable link [theatlantic.com] ;)

Thanks for the article, btw. It answers the question quite nicely.

Re:Sorry but... (5, Informative)

necro81 (917438) | about 2 years ago | (#41557061)

I'm from Europe and I don't really get why a strategic reserve of maple syrup is needed

For the same reasons you stockpile any commodity: it makes you less susceptible to price swings in the marketplace. When prices are low, Quebecois producers can have the reserve buy up excess inventory, then later sell it when prices rise, to protect consumers. The U.S. has strategic reserves of oil, corn, and wheat for similar reasons. Like all complex systems, it helps to have some capacitance to buffer transients.

Re:Sorry but... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41557461)

producers can have the reserve buy up excess inventory, then later sell it when prices rise, to protect consumers.

T... what?

Re:Sorry but... (2)

Another, completely (812244) | about 2 years ago | (#41557567)

It's like putting a capacitor in parallel with the circuit. Smooths out bumps in both directions.

Re:Sorry but... (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 2 years ago | (#41557115)

Instead of "strategic reserve" read "stockpile so that we can use the economics of scarcity to keep the prices artificially high". Maple syrup is extremely expensive, and not because maple trees have such a good union.

Re:Sorry but... (4, Insightful)

WolfWithoutAClause (162946) | about 2 years ago | (#41557157)

Stockpiles don't create scarcity, they help avoid scarcity; it brings the price down in poor years, and push it up in good years.

Only if they were systematically destroying maple syrup would it create scarcity.

Re:Sorry but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557269)

I'm from Europe and I don't really get why a strategic reserve of maple syrup is needed...

To prevent extinction of the maple syrup we have carefully created a habitat devoid of predators and poachers such that it may thrive.

Re:Sorry but... (2)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41557381)

Maple Syrup is a major industry for Canada. However it is a fickle industry.

You can't grow hundred year old maple trees in a greenhouse, they are exposed to normal weather conditions. Also they can only harvest for a short period of time a year. So having the reserve will allow them to keep supply all year long, and cover when there is a bad year. If supply get too low the prices will go too high, and the market will switch to substitutes. American Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York Maple Syrup are quite good too. Then you have the cheap Colored Sugar Syrup.

For the parent (a European) Real Maple Syrup is really expensive. And the Good Stuff is actually very good.

Re:Sorry but... (1)

inhuman_4 (1294516) | about 2 years ago | (#41557425)

Because Russia is also a cold northern country with lots of trees. And we cannot allow a maple syrup gap!

Let's not get carried away (1)

LrdDimwit (1133419) | about 2 years ago | (#41556689)

If some nefarious group really wanted to poison people, there are a lot less flamboyant and troublesome ways to get your poison into the food supply. For example, why not just contaminate the supply? If they can break into the reserve and go undetected long enough to siphon off hundreds of gallons of the stuff, that's surely long enough to poison the whole reserve. Much easier.

The stuff's really valuable, right? That's why they keep a strategic reserve in the first place, after all. So the motive is obvious - money. And pure maple syrup is worth more than contaminated deadly maple syrup. A lot more. So poisoning the maple syrup would be a really boneheaded move.

Only movie crooks would come up with a plan that involves stealing hundreds of gallons of valuable merchandise, moving it across a border, then poisoning it and letting it be recovered. About the only thing missing are the sharks with frickin laser beams.

Re:Let's not get carried away (1)

jellomizer (103300) | about 2 years ago | (#41557437)

I agree.
We as a culture needs to work harder to separate fantasy from reality. We are living in a world of potential fear because every bad guy seems to have these devious plot to make our lives miserable.

We can't let our kids outside without intent supervision (heck laws are getting in place that the parent is in trouble if they let their kids go out and play without supervision) because there could be a Sexual Predator just around the corner ready to snatch your child. Or a teenager who is pushing you kid to take drugs.

The people who we have political differences are somehow part of a grand plot to make our lives miserable. Just for the sake of it.

We don't live in a world where there are good people and bad people. We live in a world where Good People can do bad things, and Bad People try to do good things. We always had this. We hear more about it then before but it has always happened... Back in the 1950 there may had been a reason why Uncle Joe wasn't invited to Thanksgiving the next year and we don't see him anymore and your little Sister is happy for that.

Re:Did they test it for poison? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556761)

Yeah, no kidding. Guess all my maple syrup will be coming from Vermont from now on, since we clearly can't trust the Mickey Mounties they have there... also, did anyone else when first hearing of this, picture the shoot-out at the US/Canadian border from The Untouchables, but with barrels of maple syrup? I can just see Oscar (Charles Martin Smith) cocking his head to catch some of the syrup spraying from a bullet hole in a barrel, standing there for a comically long time because it's cold there, and the syrup is thick and, well... syrupy. Or maybe I just want pancakes...

Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 years ago | (#41556509)

Bacon Shortage. Stolen Maple Syrup. Clearly there is an international threat to our wholesome breakfast way of life. But where to the Presidential Candidates stand on this issue? Clearly the moderator dropped the ball by not bringing up this vital issue of world peace and security during the debate.

Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (2)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#41556593)

Bacon Shortage. Stolen Maple Syrup. Clearly there is an international threat to our wholesome breakfast way of life. But where to the Presidential Candidates stand on this issue? Clearly the moderator dropped the ball by not bringing up this vital issue of world peace and security during the debate.

Strawberry or the old stalwart bacon and lingonberry haven't been used to jam radar for decades. Nothing beats maple syrup.

Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (4, Funny)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 2 years ago | (#41557515)

You use raspberry to jam radar.

Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556789)

All kidding aside, he dropped the ball first by agreeing to moderate using the format decided upon by the commission, which was retarded in the first place, 2 minutes, seriously? Then he dropped the ball again by failing to hold the candidates to the time slots they were supposed to shoe-horn their remarks into. By the end of the debate, I was sure both sides were going to declare victory, and although I wouldn't want to say who "won", since probably neither side won anyone over to their point of view, not solidly, anyway, but I can tell you who the definite loser was, and that was Jim Lehrer. I figured by near the end of the debate, he was mentally going over his resume in his head, and later that evening, probably started pouring over Monster.com's job listings. Or do all debates get that ridiculously out of hand?

But you're right, he failed to ask them about our nations Syrupsecurity, and that would have been good for us to know, or good tasting, least-ways.

Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557763)

All kidding aside, he dropped the ball first by agreeing to moderate using the format decided upon by the commission, which was retarded in the first place, 2 minutes, seriously? Then he dropped the ball again by failing to hold the candidates to the time slots they were supposed to shoe-horn their remarks into. By the end of the debate, I was sure both sides were going to declare victory, and although I wouldn't want to say who "won", since probably neither side won anyone over to their point of view, not solidly, anyway, but I can tell you who the definite loser was, and that was Jim Lehrer. I figured by near the end of the debate, he was mentally going over his resume in his head, and later that evening, probably started pouring over Monster.com's job listings. Or do all debates get that ridiculously out of hand?

But you're right, he failed to ask them about our nations Syrupsecurity, and that would have been good for us to know, or good tasting, least-ways.

Yeah, blame Lehrer for the fact that we finally got to see the REAL without-a-teleprompter Obama.

Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (5, Funny)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | about 2 years ago | (#41556923)

Bacon Shortage. Stolen Maple Syrup. Clearly there is an international threat to our wholesome breakfast way of life. But where to the Presidential Candidates stand on this issue? Clearly the moderator dropped the ball by not bringing up this vital issue of world peace and security during the debate.

It is a serious issue that threatens to rend the social fabric of society. Women make breakfast for men. That's as traditional as church on Sunday, Real Marriage, and meth-fuelled sex with male prostitutes - all cornerstones of the Republican Party, and what made America great.

What do women do when there's no breakfast to make? Right, they get ideas! Can you imagine a world in which men, weakened by a lack of bacon and maple syrup, lose control over women? A world where women are free to use their in-built pregnancy prevention mechanism, not only to protect themselves from impregnation during rape, but also during normal marital sex? Obama can, and with another term that's exactly where he'll bring America. Romney for traditional values. The black guy for feminazis, socialism, and failing to keep open factories that had already been closed under Bush.

P Ryan.
(Borrowing my friend's account.)

Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557129)

yes your way of life is not halal this is the work of allah

Re:Where do the Presidential Candidates stand? (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 2 years ago | (#41557279)

Since when did Canada have a president? Did the Queen die or something?

Heavily armed (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556513)

heavily guarded (and presumably heavily armed)

Woah, woah, woah...
It isn't the USA, put those guns away.

Re:Heavily armed (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557051)

heavily guarded (and presumably heavily armed)

Woah, woah, woah... It isn't the USA, put those guns away.

I figured it was heavily armed for Canadian standards. One of the guys had a knife.

Re:Heavily armed (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 2 years ago | (#41557137)

Nah, every guy had two arms. Thick ones.

For Cooking Up Some (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 2 years ago | (#41556523)

Old school hoser meth,

Re:For Cooking Up Some (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557433)

I now have visions of a Canadian Walter White, in a coonskin hat instead of a fedora.

This is clearly an injustice! (3, Funny)

Dutchmaan (442553) | about 2 years ago | (#41556577)

Won't somebody think of the saplings!

News for nerds? (1, Interesting)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#41556617)

I could've sworn I was reading Slashdot... do nerds like maple syrup more than most people?

Re:News for nerds? (5, Informative)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 2 years ago | (#41556679)

Yes.

Re:News for nerds? (5, Insightful)

makapuf (412290) | about 2 years ago | (#41557091)

Easy to like anything more than most people when you don't like people.

Re:News for nerds? (1)

JSC (9187) | about 2 years ago | (#41557217)

No, it's that we know that aliens tried to steal the syrup. This is obviously the start of The Maple Syrup War! [baenebooks.com]

Re:News for nerds? (3, Insightful)

Ogive17 (691899) | about 2 years ago | (#41557235)

I just don't understand why some people assume that because a story isn't interesting to them, it's not slashdot worthy.

Here's a hint, if you see the summary and it doesn't interest you, skip over it. I do it all the time, probably only making it to the comment section on 10-20% of the articles.

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557367)

There's a difference between "not interesting to me" and "off-topic". A story could be interesting to everyone on the planet but not belong on Slashdot.

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557365)

Have you heard of waffles? Nerds love waffles (or at least gamers do.. yes yes I know gamer!=nerd). What do you put on waffles? Yes this is news at least to those demographics.

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557383)

I know I enjoy licking it off your momma.

Re:News for nerds? (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#41557521)

Yo momma's so fat that she stole 600 gallons of syrup just to get through breakfast!

Re:News for nerds? (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 2 years ago | (#41557747)

nerds like maple syrup more than people

Re:News for nerds? (1)

vettemph (540399) | about 2 years ago | (#41557749)

Absolutely.
I buy Vermont 'Grade B' syrup.
Oddly enough, The old rating system has Grade B being darker, thicker, more expensive and more flavorful than Grade A.
The rating has nothing to do with modern 'Grade A' foods that we have come to know.

 

Puts and Calls for fun and profit? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556621)

The short and long of it - any strange trades in syrup futures?

Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556651)

Now that's what I call a sticky situation.

Should you be worried about the food you buy? (2)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#41556671)

From the article:

Etienne St-Pierre said his usual suppliers, small producers based in Quebec, sold it to him.

This made me think: basically, a foodstuff was sold to someone who'll sell it to the public later on. He didn't ask about the source of the foodstuff, didn't check for quality, didn't check for adulteration, didn't check for chemical or biological contaminants - NOR DID HE KNOW SHIT whether anyone has done such tests.

He could have gotten maple syrup laced with anthrax, and would have sold it forward, and noone would have been the wiser.

Re:Should you be worried about the food you buy? (0)

Chrisq (894406) | about 2 years ago | (#41556685)

From the article:

Etienne St-Pierre said his usual suppliers, small producers based in Quebec, sold it to him.

This made me think: basically, a foodstuff was sold to someone who'll sell it to the public later on. He didn't ask about the source of the foodstuff, didn't check for quality, didn't check for adulteration, didn't check for chemical or biological contaminants - NOR DID HE KNOW SHIT whether anyone has done such tests.

He could have gotten maple syrup laced with anthrax, and would have sold it forward, and noone would have been the wiser.

Shhh ... Muslims could be reading this, don't give them ideas

Re:Should you be worried about the food you buy? (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 2 years ago | (#41557065)

And, because the chain of custody has been violated, the Canadian government doesn't know shit about it, either.

It's quite honestly horrifying that they would take it back, considering it could very well be adulterated now, or laced with anthrax, or cyanide, or have been totally replaced with artificially flavored high fructose corn syrup.

They'll have to empty all 600 barrels, test them, reprocess them, and repackage them, which will certainly change the flavor and consistency.

Re:Should you be worried about the food you buy? (1)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#41557465)

And, because the chain of custody has been violated, the Canadian government doesn't know shit about it, either.

Exactly.

My comment was more general, though. It's about the fact that, generally, it is plausible that food sold at grocery stores could come from untrusted sources.

Re:Should you be worried about the food you buy? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 2 years ago | (#41557143)

Do you test the food you bring home from the supermarket every single week? I mean, they could sell you food laced with anthrax and you would be no wiser.

Re:Should you be worried about the food you buy? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 2 years ago | (#41557297)

I think if your food was laced with Anthrax you'd know about it, eventually.

Re:Should you be worried about the food you buy? (1)

blind biker (1066130) | about 2 years ago | (#41557485)

Do you test the food you bring home from the supermarket every single week? I mean, they could sell you food laced with anthrax and you would be no wiser.

If there is no guarantee of who the source is, then yes, that's exactly my fucking point!

SWEET! (1)

Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) | about 2 years ago | (#41556703)

And that is all I have to say about this....

Is maple syrup the new diamond or something? (0)

Viol8 (599362) | about 2 years ago | (#41556881)

Its just a slightly nauseating sticky syrup that few people outside of canada and the US actually like. Whats the big deal if some of it got stolen? What next - the great cheese heist when some stilton is escorted back home by (gas mark equipped) guards?

Re:Is maple syrup the new diamond or something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41556959)

Obviously you've never had real, quality maple syrup.

Re:Is maple syrup the new diamond or something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557025)

You joke, but cheese is the most stolen food in the world [huffingtonpost.com] .

Stickyfinger (2)

jcphil (243106) | about 2 years ago | (#41556901)

Fort Knox had Goldfinger. Who is Quebec's Stickyfinger?

Re:Stickyfinger (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557317)

tn maman

checking date (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557041)

Is today April 1st?

With Bacon! (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 2 years ago | (#41557079)

One fried egg over easy
Grated Irish Cheese
3 (or 4, or 5, or 6, or 10) strips of thick-cut bacon
1 tbsp maple syrup
Make a sandwich out of it and grill to perfection

You know you want it

Re:With Bacon! (1)

jandersen (462034) | about 2 years ago | (#41557187)

Yummy, that sounds almost as appetising as sea cucumber.

Re:With Bacon! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557263)

3 (or 4, or 5, or 6, or 10) strips of thick-cut bacon

My sandwich goes to 11.

Price contarol cartel in maple syrup (0, Troll)

aurizon (122550) | about 2 years ago | (#41557133)

Ah yes, the ever expanding "strategic Reserve" of maple syrup. This reserve is all about keeping the price of syrup as high as possible = lots does not sell. When the crop is low, they let the price rise and also sell a little from the reserve to fund the process. This much like the price control they exert over chickens, eggs, milk and cheese, by so called marketing boards that do not allow competition = we all pay more.

Re:Price contarol cartel in maple syrup (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557247)

If yu are joking ... nice work.

If you are serious - please read the arcticle http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/why-does-canada-have-a-strategic-maple-syrup-reserve/261869/

Re:Price contarol cartel in maple syrup (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557591)

This makes sense, until you realize that maple syrup production really is highly variable from year to year [agr.gc.ca] . That means some years people will be clamoring for the stuff, but unable to get it at any price, thus switch to alternatives; and other years people will be awash in the stuff and producers will go broke. It's not so much a matter of getting people to pay more, but a buffer against wildly-fluctuating markets that wouldn't be helpful to either producers or consumers. What do you think would happen if the supply of oil went up and down by as much as 2x every year? It would be nuts.

How? (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 2 years ago | (#41557203)

It was transported back to Quebec via a 16 tractor trailer, heavily guarded (and presumably heavily armed)

I'd like to know how somebody was able get access to the strategic reserve of anything. But I guess if an 82 year old nun can break into a nuclear facility [slashdot.org] damn near anything's possible. But then to be able to leave with 16 tractor trailers worth of it? If the convoy returning it was "heavily guarded" was the facility not guarded too? Did the thieves steal it using a 16 vehicle convoy? Or did somebody who worked there smuggle it out one bottle at a time in their lunch box over the last 120 years? And, more to the point, what in the hell were they planning to do with it? Was a Telly Savalas look-a-like stroking a white Persian cat while monologuing about world domination through controlling the worlds maple syrup supply? Or was it part of a bigger plot to take over the world by controlling breakfast food? [slashdot.org]

Re:How? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#41557259)

No, you read that wrong. The syrup was on a trailer pulled by sixteen tractors.

Comment from the robber (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41557223)

(In a french-belgian accent) Nooo, you are not gonna stick this on me.

And M.S. is the codeword for what exactly? (1)

Sqreater (895148) | about 2 years ago | (#41557477)

Nuclear materials? Antibiotics for anthrax?

party time! (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#41557715)

*pours maple syrup all over this post* Party time! Let's all have a maple syrup slashdot party, lol.

Breaking Bad (1)

Corporate Gadfly (227676) | about 2 years ago | (#41557751)

Reminds me of an episode [tv.com] of breaking bad (about a heist to pilfer some precious liquids).

How much syrup is that? (1)

RNLockwood (224353) | about 2 years ago | (#41557781)

Is the 600 barrels a measure of volume, 42 gallons to a barrel? Did it mean 600 drums of unknown capacity, perhaps 55 gallon drums? But it's a Canadian story and wouldn't they use metric? Perhaps the barrels are made of maple wood, charred inside and used for aging the syrup, eh?

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