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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 07:04:16 PM
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.
 
2013-03-24 07:38:47 PM
it's pretty interesting if you have the kind of imagination that can play off of what that bill has seen and what it's been through in its journey.

also, it's a great way to sneaky-teach kids geography.
 
2013-03-24 07:55:27 PM
Old news, but I've gotten hits on bills I entered in some strange and cool places.
 
2013-03-24 08:07:23 PM

jehovahs witness protection: Old news, but I've gotten hits on bills I entered in some strange and cool places.


No, I think you're thinking of weirdinsertions.com. Love your work by they way.
 
2013-03-24 08:33:22 PM

Barfmaker: jehovahs witness protection: Old news, but I've gotten hits on bills I entered in some strange and cool places.

No, I think you're thinking of weirdinsertions.com. Love your work by they way.


I had to read my post again...then couldn't help laughing at myself. +1 for your work here.
 
2013-03-24 09:27:41 PM
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.
 
2013-03-24 09:27:54 PM
Oh, and subby...not just the US. Seen stuff end up in countries I never heard of.
 
2013-03-24 10:21:31 PM
Yeah?  What happens when we switch to dollar coins a la Canada?  No more fun for them?

Or track the Abes?
 
2013-03-24 10:22:22 PM
I've logged a couple of these.
 
2013-03-24 10:22:37 PM
Been doing it for a few years and have over 7000 bills entered.  So far, I have two hits in Mexico, two hits in the Middle East, and none in Canada.  Difficulty; I live in Minnesota.

/must not have Internet in Canuckistan.
 
2013-03-24 10:22:43 PM
www.motherearthliving.com
 
2013-03-24 10:23:26 PM

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.


I live a few hours from the Canadien border. One of their coins looks very similar to our quarter.

Damn thing jams coin-op washers and dryers.
 
2013-03-24 10:24:36 PM
You can track any denomination up to $100.  I should see about getting myself some $2 bills.

/ I won't spend it at a Taco Bell though.
 
2013-03-24 10:25:00 PM
I had two bills explode in hits, one in Las Vegas (no surprise) and on in Iraq during the US occupation (big surprise).

I also had one dollar that kept ping-ponging between the bar, newstand and gift shop at Buffalo airport for a couple of weeks.
 
2013-03-24 10:25:11 PM
Weird, the first time I'd ever seen this was when I got one for change last night.
 
2013-03-24 10:25:16 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Yeah?  What happens when we switch to dollar coins a la Canada?  No more fun for them?

Or track the Abes?


You can log in any bill currently in circulation. Just visit the website. Pretty interesting.
 
2013-03-24 10:25:25 PM
I appear to have entered some bills over the years...

(checks)

...and have yet to get a hit on a single one of them.
 
2013-03-24 10:26:13 PM
Haven't checked it in years...none of my bills have any hits...maybe because they didn't have the where's George stamp.
 
2013-03-24 10:26:56 PM

47 is the new 42: You can track any denomination up to $100.  I should see about getting myself some $2 bills.

/ I won't spend it at a Taco Bell though.


Got me by a minute. Tiny fist and all that.
 
2013-03-24 10:27:54 PM
Wow, didn't know that website was still in existence. I remember my Dad telling me about it way back during our dial-up internet days. I'll have to start entering bills in it. It would be cool to see how far they've traveled.
 
2013-03-24 10:29:27 PM

buckler: Haven't checked it in years...none of my bills have any hits...maybe because they didn't have the where's George stamp.


Stamp, no, but you could always scribble wheresgeorge.com in the bottom strip of the bill like I do.

Have some bills on hand now; might as well see if anything comes up a hit. Likely not.
 
2013-03-24 10:32:01 PM
Is it 1997?
 
2013-03-24 10:32:05 PM
Smile, George

images.virtualology.com
 
2013-03-24 10:33:48 PM
I've got a couple that I entered that I got when I was visiting Guantanamo. No interesting hits since I registered them. I has a sad.
 
2013-03-24 10:35:07 PM
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."
 
2013-03-24 10:38:00 PM
I have gotten a hit or two on the bills I have entered over the last 10 years. Not a very good %. At first I thought people were just not entering the bills when they get them, now I think most of them get destroyed when they pass through the bank because of the writing on them.
 
2013-03-24 10:41:22 PM

okunderground: I've logged a couple of these.


Me, too, quite a few.

I don't really have anything interesting to add here, though.

(Boring Story, Sis)
 
2013-03-24 10:42:42 PM
There is a place in my city that stamps all of there $1s. I got 2 of them a few days ago from them.

imageshack.us
 
2013-03-24 10:43:18 PM
I'm still waiting.

Seriously, WTF?
 
2013-03-24 10:44:29 PM
I have always wanted to see that site but somehow never get around to it. /no real matter to add.
 
2013-03-24 10:53:19 PM

RobDownSouth: I had two bills explode in hits, one in Las Vegas (no surprise) and on in Iraq during the US occupation (big surprise).

I also had one dollar that kept ping-ponging between the bar, newstand and gift shop at Buffalo airport for a couple of weeks.


Apparently, since we've last checked in, the geocaching community started trying to ruin things for everyone.
 
2013-03-24 10:57:12 PM
Isn't that "Defacing government property"?
 
zez
2013-03-24 11:00:03 PM

elvisaintdead: it's pretty interesting if you have the kind of imagination that can play off of what that bill has seen and what it's been through in its journey.


Cute movie about that http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108410/
 
2013-03-24 11:03:57 PM

Tony_Pepperoni: Isn't that "Defacing government property"?


Only if you make the bill unfit to be re-issued. A little scrawl of the URL on the perimeter strip, the bill is fine. Stamping it right over George's face, that's not.
 
2013-03-24 11:11:31 PM

Gosling: Tony_Pepperoni: Isn't that "Defacing government property"?

Only if you make the bill unfit to be re-issued. A little scrawl of the URL on the perimeter strip, the bill is fine. Stamping it right over George's face, that's not.


OK Thanks
 
2013-03-24 11:14:35 PM
I sometimes think about the dollar bills I give at fast food drive through, and they probably just end up with the car behind me.  That and the sticky, coffee pennies I sometime give them.  Oh, and my ass pennies.
 
2013-03-24 11:14:58 PM
We have had a version of this in Canada for 12 years.
http://www.whereswilly.com/
 
2013-03-24 11:18:22 PM

zez: elvisaintdead: it's pretty interesting if you have the kind of imagination that can play off of what that bill has seen and what it's been through in its journey.

Cute movie about that http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108410/



They named the movie "Twenty Buck's."  Like, with an apostrophe.  Its enough to drive you mad.
 
2013-03-24 11:18:38 PM

Gosling: Tony_Pepperoni: Isn't that "Defacing government property"?

Only if you make the bill unfit to be re-issued. A little scrawl of the URL on the perimeter strip, the bill is fine. Stamping it right over George's face, that's not.




Here are the two I put in today.

img600.imageshack.us

A little scrawl of the URL stamped on the perimeter.
 
2013-03-24 11:22:15 PM

Gosling: Tony_Pepperoni: Isn't that "Defacing government property"?

Only if you make the bill unfit to be re-issued. A little scrawl of the URL on the perimeter strip, the bill is fine. Stamping it right over George's face, that's not.


And not even then.
 
2013-03-24 11:24:48 PM
been hooked since 2002...

/12,005 bills totaling $87,125
//yet only 500 hits
 
2013-03-24 11:30:25 PM

aevorea: I live a few hours from the Canadien border. One of their coins looks very similar to our quarter.

Damn thing jams coin-op washers and dryers.


Growing up in Michigan meant any pocketful of change included some Canadian coins. Nobody cared, they were accepted everywhere. I don't remember if they worked in vending machines.

I was taken aback when I was in Louisiana and a cashier wouldn't take my Canadian quarter.
 
2013-03-24 11:31:33 PM
Talk about get a life, here's the #1 user on WG. Apparently that website design is stuck in 1998 as well!

Link
 
2013-03-24 11:31:53 PM
That reminds me, I should add my bus fare for tomorrow.  I barely ever remember to use it, but it's kind of a, "hey why not?" thing for me.
 
2013-03-24 11:37:38 PM
The CDC was interested in Where's George for how it can model the spread of an infection.  I always thought it would be an interesting way to do a biowar attack, by circulating tainted bills. I think X-Files may have tried that plot device once, can't remember.

I've entered bills a few times, very rarely get a hit, most of them, never.  That's the one problem with WG:  it depends on people curious and imaginative enough to re-enter the found bills. Banks won't give a shiat and will just as soon send them to a shredder.
 
2013-03-24 11:39:10 PM
thetoyzone.com
 
2013-03-24 11:40:01 PM
j-walkblog.com
 
2013-03-24 11:40:37 PM
www.joesdaily.com
 
2013-03-24 11:42:37 PM

Outlaw2097: been hooked since 2002...

/12,005 bills totaling $87,125
//yet only 500 hits


I did it for a few years, when I was traveling a lot for work.  Entered bills in FL, NH, CA, HI, Italy, and more, and got ... no hits.

So I stopped.  And then lost my password, so I haven't bothered to start again, even though I am traveling a lot once more.
 
2013-03-24 11:42:37 PM
First hit was 1995. Found at a grocery store. So far, I have entered 3,273 Bills worth $15,543, and have  511 hits on those  Total hits: 620 (adding bills from other georgers). You get on an email list for each bill re-entered, it's interesting sometimes. CSB: I got a bill re-entered from Mexico and I pm'ed him to say thanks...The return was that he actually got it in Columbia, but Mexico was the only choice near it that was available. Another went to Georgia and back to this Po-dunk burg in Two weeks!
 
2013-03-24 11:42:46 PM
bp0.blogger.com
 
2013-03-24 11:44:01 PM
cdn.smosh.com
 
2013-03-24 11:50:50 PM
editorial.designtaxi.com
 
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:

thetoyzone.com
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
museforallseasons.com
 
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
1.bp.blogspot.com
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
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADDIE
 
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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