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May 25th, 2000

Where’s George?

I’ve seen Where’s George pop up a number of times, in magazine articles, in blog entries, but until recently, I didn’t really think much of it. But now I registered, and it’s addictive.

The idea behind the site is that you register all the bills you have in your possession by entering the serial number and the “series.” You then write “” on the back in the margin (which is legal, apparently). The hope is that people who get the bill in the future will see the web address, go to the site, and register the bill themselves. It’s kind of strange, but also oddly engrossing to watch how far a bill has travelled. All sorts of statistics are available on the site, including miles the bill has travelled, the time its taken, and, of course, the bill’s “speed” in miles-per-hour.

I entered my first set of bills — it should be interesting to see how this little experiment grows over time. -ram

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday May 25, 2000 -- 12:40:09AM
I'll be interested to see what transpires from here. Unfortunately, I will have to spend money to see anything change. NOOOOO!!!!!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday April 29, 2001 -- 3:47:36PM
Almost a YEAR after I entered it, I got my first response on a "Where's George?" bill!

Check it out.

What's even cooler is that it travelled exactly 100 miles and was registered in a small town in Pennsylvania where I actually know two people!

FROM: JIM Scherer
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 8:55:20PM
I received George with serial #L48723575F on 5/27/01 and sent him on his way on 5/29/01.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday August 16, 2001 -- 3:01:57PM
Canada has it's own version of Where's George: Where's Willy?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday August 16, 2001 -- 3:29:07PM
I've been entering bills at Where's George? quite regularly now. But man, that site design....

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