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Where's George is a website which tracks the natural geographic circulation of American dollar bills. Its popularity has led to the establishment of a number of other currency tracking websites, sites that track other objects--such as used books--and it has been used in at least one research paper to provide statistical patterns of human travel in the United States. The site was established in December 1998 by Hank Eskin, a databaseconsultant in Brookline, Massachusetts. Where's George? refers to George Washington, whose portrait appears on the one-dollar bill. In addition to the one-dollar bill, 2-, 5-, 10-, 20-, 50- and 100-dollar denominations can be tracked. The one-dollar bill is by far the most popular denomination, followed by 20-dollar bills. To track a bill, a user enters the local ZIP Code and the serial number and series of any United States denomination. International users are also able to participate using an extensive database of unique codes assigned to non-American/Canadian locations. Once a bill is registered, the site reports the time between sightings, the distance traveled between locations, and any comments from the finders (called "user notes"). The site does not track bills older than series 1963. Where's George? is supported by advertising, sales of memorabilia, and by users who pay a fee for extra features. Users who pay a $7/month fee are entered into the "Friends of Where's George?" program, which allows these users to access the website free of advertisements; access certain features that others cannot, and refresh reports on the user's entered bills. Eskin states that the "Friends of Where's George?" program will always be optional and payment to use the site will always be at the individual's prerogative. However, in April 2000, it was investigated by the United States Secret Service, which informed the webmaster that the selling of "Where's George?" rubber stamps on the web site is considered "advertising" on United States currency, which is illegal under 18 U.S.C. section 475. The website's administrators immediately ceased selling the rubber stamps and no further action against the site was taken. At least one spokesperson for the US Secret Service has pointed out in print that marking US bills, even if not defacement, is still illegal for other reasons under 18 U.S.C. section 475; however, the general view is that using Where's George? rubber stamps on currency is not illegal per se. One Secret Service spokesman in Seattle, Washington, told The Seattle Times in 2004: "Quite frankly, we wouldn't spend too much looking into this."

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where%27s_George%3F
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1 People are probably collecting them. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on September 13, 2010, 8:16 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 I played the whole 'Where's George?' thing for about a year. Finally got fed up with it when none of my bills were coming back, so I just quit. Flash forward 2 years later, I gt an email from 'Where's George' telling me one of my bills got a hit. It was the highlight of my day. Pretty much radio silence from then on. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on September 13, 2010, 7:26 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I found the site frustrating because no matter how many bills I would enter, none of them would ever be reentered. I seriously doubt these bills are just disappearing. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on September 12, 2010, 12:49 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Plenty, especially when I worked in a convenience store years back. Just never really got into it at all to partake in it. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on April 29, 2010, 4:17 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I've seen some bills with the Where's George stamp on them, but I never really participated in this project. Has anyone else seen bills promoting this site? -- Submitted By: (Robert) on April 28, 2010, 7:21 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I guess this site's interesting, but from what I can gather the power-users mostly just get thousands of ones from their bank, enter them all, then re-deposit and start again. So they tend to log new bills. I've put about 500 bills in the system, just of cash that's floating around in my wallet and hardly fresh from the mint. I've found about 10 bills entered by power-users but none of my entries have been found by anyone, in years of using the site on a casual basis. Maybe I'm unlucky but it just seems like using the site the casual way isn't very rewarding. I'm not gonna go to the bank and get a thousand ones... just not gonna happen. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on April 27, 2010, 6:51 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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