Speaking of cash (see below), one of the bills I received at the local 7-11 bore a stamp that read, “Track this bill at WheresGeorge.com.â€Â Interesting.
Who among us has not wondered about the travels of paper money?Â Havenâ€™t you ever considered whether the greenback in your pocket has traversed the U.S. a couple times, or maybe it has remained â€œlocalâ€ before it found its way to you?Â (Am I being presumptuous here?)
Anyway, I tucked the â€œmarkedâ€ bill in a pocket from which I would not be likely to spend it until I could check the website referenced on the bill.
I finally got around to checking out the site, and I dutifully entered the serial number and series of my buck.Â Whammo!Â There it was!Â I learned that about six and half months ago, someone in a town about six miles from here discovered it in his kidâ€™s Trick-or-Treat bag, and I was the first person since then to report its existence on the site.Â I have no way of knowing where it was in the interim.Â It may have sat in someoneâ€™s wallet or on someoneâ€™s dresser, or it could have been to California and back and not have been logged in at the site.
For any given bill that is registered, the site will tell you when and where it was â€œenteredâ€, and it will track its movements over time, and even draw a map.
What was most interesting to me was the number of people who are very interested in tracking the movement of currency.Â Some regulars on the site go to their banks, get a stack of bills, enter each of them into the system and then count their â€œhitsâ€.Â As of this writing, more than 92 million bills have been entered into the system!
I plan on taking my marked bill to Austin next week and tracking it from there.
Thanks to Kristen for the Austin idea.