04 Sep '12, 5pm

10 million pounds of maple syrup have mysteriously gone missing in Canada:

Original photos by Uggboy , Anton Olsen , and Michael Nerrie . The province of Quebec is responsible for 75 percent of the maple syrup produced in the ENTIRE WORLD. So it’s no surprise that they keep a strategic maple syrup reserve — hot weather ruins the volume and taste of the syrup crop, and pancake fiends can get ugly, so it pays to have backup. Which is all very good planning, until more than a quarter of the syrup nest egg disappears . Whoever took the syrup — 10 million pounds of it, worth more than $30 million — must have put a lot of care and energy into the heist. Painting yourself black, holding a balloon, and pretending to be a cloud is not sufficient to get this sweet stuff out of the vaults; the warehouse is behind a locked fence that is “visited regularly” for security checks. And if that’s not enough (which it really isn’t — shouldn’t there be a trained att...

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