I confess that I don't regularly read KnoxNews.com, a website with news of interest to residents of Knoxville, Tennessee. But fortunately for me my friend Frank Murphy does and he tipped me off to this interesting recent article:
Illegal or not, fear of arrest isn't stopping a lot of people from scribbling on money. You've seen it yourself. Heck, you've probably even done it yourself. And you've probably tried to figure out what on Earth the writer meant by her ink-pen musings.
Stuff That People Write on Money collects 71 photos of just such monetary doodles. Attempt to decipher them for yourself at www.sorabji.com/.
You'll find plenty of different messages that were inscribed on funds and sent back into the cash flow. Grocery shoppers jot down their lists. Lottery enthusiasts record their favorite numbers. Forgetful motorists scrawl parking spaces. Disgruntled citizens make snide political digs. Star-crossed lovers let the world know that they're together. People practice their signatures. And quite a few former presidents sprout facial hair and afros.
So the next time you visit an ATM or bank teller, you may not just be getting cash to purchase a Nintendo Wii. You might also be getting a menacing warning about angels taking over the world or an urgent message to 'free the werewolves.'"
The last paper currency-based site I remember hearing about is WheresGeorge.com, which exists to mark and track bills as they travel across the world. It's kind of neat to find out a bill you just received in change in your neighborhood has recently been to the other side of the country, then to Asia and back.