Where's George? is an Internet-based project that allows users to track the travels of a particular piece of U.S. paper currency. Since 1998 (when the project was created by a Massachusetts computer consultant), "Georgers" have written or stamped "www.wheresgeorge.com" onto their bills before releasing them back into circulation, hoping that those who next use the bill will visit the site to log its new location.* Those who mark new bills receive "hits" each time someone logs a bill they have registered. Enthusiasts compete for "George scores" (based on the number of bills and total hits), and play "bingo" by attempting to register hits from every state. By February 2007, Where's George? bills accounted for 0.07% of U.S. currency in circulation. Similar sites have been launched in Germany (Wo Ist Mein Geld--Where's My Money?), Japan (Osatsu--bill), and Canada (Where's Willy?).
* Where's George? says it does not encourage currency defacement, noting that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing defines illegal defacement as mutilation with the intent to render the bill unfit for reissue.
Henry Ford (1863-1947)