Have you ever received a dollar bill that has “See where I’ve been. Track where I go next! www.wheresgeorge.com” stamped on it? A couple weeks ago, when I was buying roses for my mom, which I do every week, I received one of these strange dollar notes in change. I decided to take a look and see what this particular green back had been up to. Turns out it had traveled 13 miles in 122 days!
The idea at Where’s George is that each time a stamped bill passes to a new owner, he or she will log in and update its location and condition. The site shows a map that tracks the path of your specific bill so you can see just how well traveled George is.
The most well documented bill at Where’s George is a 1999 series that has a record 15 entries. Moving from Dayton, Ohio, to Texas, to Michigan, this little guy has seen more of the country than me. Over the past 3 years, 12 days, 17 hours, and 25 minutes this bad boy has been traveling at an average of 3.8 miles per day.
So you may ask, what is the point? The answer is simple; I have absolutely no idea. What I want to know is how this whole endeavor started. Did some dude just decide one day that he was going to stamp a couple thousand dollar bills, create the Where’s George web site, and then sit and wait to see if it actually worked??? Well it actually worked, dude. In a recent week, over 100,000 people logged on to track the history of some legal tender.
Canadians don’t fret; whereswilly.com is up and running as well.