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(NPR)   For the past 15 years, a group of George Washington enthusiasts have used the "Where's George" website to track where dollar bills have been going across the US   (npr.org) divider line 83
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2013-03-24 11:42:46 PM
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2013-03-24 11:44:01 PM
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2013-03-24 11:50:50 PM
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2013-03-25 12:00:00 AM
cool, I've seen 'em come and go and never bothered to do much about it, now though . . .  probably still won't but at least I'll feel guilty about it.

*sigh*
 
2013-03-25 12:00:24 AM
SubBass49:

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I gave my nephew a Fifty for a wedding present & gave Grant the Gene Simmons treatment also, inspired by this bill.
 
2013-03-25 12:07:38 AM
Where's George is a fun idea.   I got one of these bills when in I was in Phonm Penh, Cambodia.   It originated somewhere in Oklahoma.    Pretty crazy.
 
2013-03-25 12:28:19 AM
I've gotten at least 20 of these, but that's only because someone keeps passing them near where my mother lives, and she occasionally sends the ones she's collected to me (and then I spend them on candy.)

So if you ever see one that went from Schenectady NY to the vicinity of Boston MA, I touched it, and now you've got my cooties.
 
2013-03-25 12:52:35 AM
I entered one a few months ago that had come from Denver, bounced around Canada then into central Alaska, then back to Canada again.  I think it has emigrated by now.
 
2013-03-25 01:08:37 AM
A friend of mine who works in a bank told me they remove bills with any extraneous markings from circulation.  George's last trip is to the shredder.
 
2013-03-25 01:17:49 AM
I've done this for years. It's pointless fun, which is one of the best kinds of fun.
 
2013-03-25 01:29:22 AM
Where's George? Oh you mean "thisdollarhasdefinitelybeeninmyass.com".
 
2013-03-25 01:50:36 AM

Happy Hours: The problem is way too often you enter a bill and get no history on it.

More interesting is when I got a Korean coin as change. It was about the same size as a quarter. That coin had traveled quite far. I wonder if some Korean came to the US and spent it laughing to himself about ripping off stupid Americans.


The joke was on him...he went to Detroit, and some guy stabbed him for it...
 
2013-03-25 02:00:15 AM

PastaFazoole: Every once in a while I enter a bill on there, but I got bored when I only got two hits. Plus when I have dollar bills I usually forget to enter them. If I get a marked one though, I always check to see where it came from.

Kind of CSB though, the one bill that did get two hits. Both of the people who entered it after I did had the same first name as me.


You're actually the first person I've ever heard of with the first name Pasta, so that is pretty remarkable.
 
2013-03-25 02:03:09 AM

hundreddollarman: There should be a rule state something like "The longer a $1 bill is in circulation, the probability of it ending up in a stripper's G-string approaches 1."


lol...one of the hits on a bill i entered a few years back says "Got it from stripping."
 
2013-03-25 02:26:51 AM
Never entered one, but have gotten 5 and have tracked where they've been.

CSB time...

In a 3 month's timespan I got the exact same bill twice. Went from Tennessee to Kentucky to Illinois and then back here to me in Nashville.
 
2013-03-25 04:43:49 AM
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2013-03-25 05:27:38 AM
Like this isn't a quasi-registration system run by the government so they know who has money when it comes time to confiscate it all. Keep logging those bills, citizen!
 
2013-03-25 06:32:59 AM
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Where's Salmon? Lousy inflation....
 
2013-03-25 07:58:22 AM

tommyl66: Like this isn't a quasi-registration system run by the government so they know who has money when it comes time to confiscate it all. Keep logging those bills, citizen!


Actually, the CDC WAS going to use the circulation algorithm demonstrated to study how infectious dieases spread through the population. Don't know where that ended up.
 
2013-03-25 08:01:26 AM
Was active about a decade ago, hand-writing the URL in the margins like Allen262.  Decided to get a rubber stamp sometime to make life easier on myself, and in the meanwhile, got a lot less active.  Still haven't gotten that stamp.
 
2013-03-25 08:46:48 AM

Not_The_Target_Market: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 415x164]
Where's Salmon? Lousy inflation....


When I was a kid we did a field trip to the local bank. The guy showed us a $5000 bill. We all got to touch it.

That was the late 60s so such a bill's face value would be over $30,000 today.
 
2013-03-25 09:19:53 AM
Still no system for tracking ass pennies, though.
 
2013-03-25 10:47:54 AM
I don't really want to know whose strippers g-string my dollar bill passed through.
 
2013-03-25 10:52:01 AM
Retired Georger here. I put about 75,000 bills into the WG system between 2002 to 2010.

On average, only about 11% of all bills entered are re-entered down the line. That percentage is much lower for anything larger than a one dollar bill. So most people who only enter one or two bills are bound to be disappointed and give up. Once you enter about 100 bills or so, then you get enough hits to make it more interesting.

I have a handful of CSBs about the hits I've received on my dollars, but the only one I'll share for now is one that received two hits after I entered it. The user note on Hit #1 was "Used to repay a loan made to me by my satanic priest." Hit #2 (about a year later) said "Found in an offerings basket in my church".
 
2013-03-25 11:37:25 AM
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2013-03-25 12:03:44 PM

MagSeven: Where's George? Oh you mean "thisdollarhasdefinitelybeeninmyass.com".


Eh, one of the things I learned as an avid Stephen King reader was that if someone gives you a bill upon which they've wiped their ass, just chuck it in the washing machine with your next load of laundry.
 
2013-03-25 12:10:16 PM
Doctor CalI'm still waiting.

Seriously, WTF?
Should be any day now.
 
2013-03-25 02:25:44 PM
I used to work at a bank, and got so many stamped bills it was crazy.

Thing is, though, it was never just a stamp. Or two. Whoever was in my town putting wheresgeorge on the bills felt the need to mark a dozen or more spots on the bills.

It got my (admittedly, young at the time) goat. I spent the last 6 months I worked there taking a sharpie to every WG mark I found on any bill that crossed my desk. Did the samefor the frist week or two at my next job, too.
 
2013-03-25 03:17:33 PM
I was always of the opinion stamping was cheating. Haven't done this for a few years tho.
 
2013-03-25 04:32:39 PM

MagSeven: Where's George? Oh you mean "thisdollarhasdefinitelybeeninmyass.com".


That's an awesome idea. I'm gonna register that domain and set up a website for ass dollars.
 
2013-03-25 05:01:42 PM

LaExpat: Doctor CalI'm still waiting.

Seriously, WTF?Should be any day now.


Apparently they were both lost in transit.
 
2013-03-25 08:01:42 PM

edmo: Not_The_Target_Market: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 415x164]
Where's Salmon? Lousy inflation....

When I was a kid we did a field trip to the local bank. The guy showed us a $5000 bill. We all got to touch it.

That was the late 60s so such a bill's face value would be over $30,000 today.


Ummm...what?  The face value of a $5000 bill is exactly $5000, go figure.  To collectors, it would be worth much more of course.  I think you've confused face value with collectible value.
 
2013-03-25 10:20:05 PM

NoblePatrick: edmo: Not_The_Target_Market: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 415x164]
Where's Salmon? Lousy inflation....

When I was a kid we did a field trip to the local bank. The guy showed us a $5000 bill. We all got to touch it.

That was the late 60s so such a bill's face value would be over $30,000 today.

Ummm...what?  The face value of a $5000 bill is exactly $5000, go figure.  To collectors, it would be worth much more of course.  I think you've confused face value with collectible value.


He probably means the purchasing value as adjusted for inflation; $5000 in 1965 has the purchasing equivalent of $35,912.37 today.
 
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