216 thoughts on “Money Laundering…

    • ONLY Forrest Fenn could feed dollars to a dog, allow the fragments to be nibbled on by mice, sweep up everything that was not totally digested, place it in a baggie and sell it for 100% (or much more) profit. I would be honored to go into business with this 86 year old gentlemen any day!

      • The story doesn’t say he fed the money to the dog, nor that it was nibbled by mice. Would you be so kind to explain your thoughts more clearly, please?

        • Sure. In jest I said “fed” simply because it was handy for the little dachshund (I assume) to “eat” (tear) them. Then, because of extensive experience with -all kinds- of animals, I can tell that was not merely dog teeth marks carving up those bills. Leaving the only question in my mind, “Which came first, the dog or the mice.” Did Forrest misplace these bill in a box in a shed or something? Maybe the mice fed the dog??? In any event, ff gave it some thought and his Midas touch with marketing and we will see a happy conclusion for some charity!

  1. I’ll bet it’s not as easy as it looks…
    I hope someone from the blog goes after it and gives us a running commentary on how the reassembly is going…

  2. Nice try, Forrest. We all know that’s part of the DB Cooper stash!

    (Someone was going to make that joke. πŸ™‚ First!)

  3. That Ziploc of torn up money has been in my desk and forgotten for maybe eight years. I figured that since it’s so cold outside, and people are getting tired of playing Canasta, I’d offer a distraction. The hardest part will be devising a system to put the pieces back together. It was not easy for me but I was never accused of being patient. If the sale makes a profit it will all go to charity. f

    • Submit your bills to the Mutilated Currency Division of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where it will be reviewed by U.S. currency experts. The service is free and relatively routine. The BEP handles about 30,000 claims a year to the tune of more than $30 million.

      Don’t ask how I know this.

      • Hey Goof…does one need to actually tape them together to submit? Could be a fun day at the MCD lol

      • It’s true.
        When I was a kid our house burned down. My wallet was burnt and melted to my dresser. My grandmother sent my wallet to the treasury dept . they put a special solution on the burnt bills to read the serial numbers. They sent me replacement bills and my partially charred pictures. I still have them to this day. So, if they can read the serial numbers they will replace them with new money, but of course that wouldn’t be near as much fun.
        I love puzzles, I think I’ll bid on them for the fun of it. Thanks Mr. Fenn

    • Oh how fun! I love puzzles. Unfortunate my funny little cats have ended my jigsaw puzzle days. I’m in!

    • There’s got to be a Ben Franklin joke in there somewhere.

      A vacuum table might help with the reassembly, but will add to the overhead.

    • Kinda related. So on that yellow pad note from Peggy in SB 107….first note says “get gas.” Now, one perspective is to think she means put gasoline in the car tank. Another is to think she means for Forrest to eat the leftover chili in the fridge. Beans, gas, yes unless bean-no. Why do 99% of searchers assume there is no leftover chili? Chili is a staple in Santa Fe.

      Ok, time to place my bid.

        • My granddaughter taped six pieces together but soon rolled her eyes and fled the scene.

          Who rolled the dice?

          • Gey…
            While I see where ya went with snake-eyes, how does that relate to the poem? There’s no dice in poker… no dice in canasta…which you “meld” cards to a matching set, or sequences of ascending cards belonging to the same suit known as runs.

            Maybe the connection here is more to… why is it ” I ” must go? ‘fled the scene’
            In the poem ‘i’ in stanza one might be different to ‘i’ in stanza 5. Either way both i’s are gone or going…
            Just more thoughts.

  4. “The hardest part will be devising a system…”
    Is it simple straightforward with no subterfuge in sight? Lol.

  5. As you already know, I’m just dumb enough to try. Luckily the CFO of Flannel Town wouldn’t approve of a bid over $23 since we are still considered a sanctuary city.

  6. Dad burn it when im
    My most brokest !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to go sell something !!!!!!!! And open a ebay account arghhhhhhhhh Anyone wanna buy my traveling chair the ole
    Coot signed hahahhaha

  7. I’m on a tight budget too DG with no prospects on the near horizon. Want to pool our money? I’ll do all the work and split 1300 with you equally. I need some distraction, it would be a beautiful relief!

    Any takers to go in on bidding together to ensure success?

  8. This reminds me of when I lost my wallet last summer. I was traveling from Durango to Denver to hostess my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary party and was distracted. I didn’t realize my wallet was missing until I was in South Park. I was panicked, my daughter was annoyed, and I drove 90mph to return to my last pit stop, which was in Buena Vista. After searching and searching I finally found the wallet, mostly sub-merged, in the blue waters of a porta-potty. Surrounded by all kinds of flotsam and jetsam. You can only imagine! To my daughters’ horror and dismay, I reached right in to those semi warm waters and fetched my wallet. I figured it was my only choice. Replacing your identity is not easy these days, and the inconvenience of bleaching the credit cards and washing and ironing the bills was nothing compared to hanging out in the DMV for a day. Talk about a nasty HOB! But hey, it all turned out ok. I’m really careful now…except I just lost my favorite ski glove down the outhouse at Purgatory. I didn’t go after it. I think outhouses/porta potties probably have a lot of hidden treasures.

    BTW – Iron Will is really gonna go crazy now….let the fun begin! FF, I think you are a rascal.

  9. Wish I had some petty cash in the till. But with 5 children, my pockets are always picked clean.

  10. Makes me wonder what the “something special” in the treasure chest for the finder may be…….kinda scary.

  11. Hilarious! What a treasure!

    “What is one man’s pile of $$$, is another man’s treasure!”

    If I win the bid I’ll bring the stash to Fennboree ’17

    ~ Wisconsin Mike

  12. Ok, that’s it…I’m out at 800. That’s enough for #2 searches! Guess if I did win it, I’d have + $500 more…but, with 9 days left to bid, I have a feeling the purchaser wants it for a treasure and not the dough! Good luck, who ever is bidding,! Sorry I bid you up another $200, but hey, it’s for charity! I’ve got a Fenn Milagro, so I’m happy!
    Β₯Peace Β₯

  13. 51 bids as of 10:30 pm pacific time. Since it’s for charity and has 9 days left I estimate that it will sell for more than the $1300 face value.


  14. Hello, All.

    Does this mean we can add money laundering to Forrest’s already impressive resume? πŸ™‚

    The winning bidder will be a lucky person…at any price.

    The crappy work is already done. :/

    • oh my, I assume BBQ crow will be served?

      I am not a betting woman, so my prediction is it will reach ….

  15. Geez …. what a clever way to interact and raise money at the same time.
    And …Sandy B. you one tough cookie.

  16. Suggestion to Forrest, Next time you go to the bank get a bunch of ones, unless your dog prefers the taste of bigger bills.

  17. Who would ever have thought that dog poop would become part of the chase?

    I always knew the puzzle meister had a sense of humour! πŸ™‚

    • Why spend 1.300 to piece together 1.300 cant be no hint in that money the ole coot wouldnt give someone a unfare advantage But great that it goes to charity

      • I really think there is a deeper message in the Ebay auction. I am starting to think he is talking about someone. Uhg, I have been in the chase way too long.

        • He is talking to everyone saying unscamble and match the pieces He is makeing it a rat race were all getting close to the finish line he is making it more thrilling

          • SB 107? Subtle hints in the book are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker? Need to know where to start? Need to start at the beginning?

            Diggin, do you think this is a 1300 $ hint?
            Maybe he’s saying follow the money… Something special in the chest for the finder…β€œOops, I forgot, there is one thing in the chest that I have not talked about except to say I don’t want to talk about it. It is something saved especially for the person who solves the clues.”

          • Yes i think its a hint but for everyone not just the one who gets the crappy ripped up money lol he is saying organize the clues people and hurry up Diggin gypsy is almost to the finish line !!!!!!! He is trying to help everyone get on my shirt tale Hahaha But im
            A kicker And i can think however i wanna think

          • Well, diggins… maybe ya lookin too far south? There’s a SB [ if i recall correctly ] of a coin. A story of a woman in the book who joined a journey. A place of birth and a double U with a date… just food for thought.

      • Harambe-shaped Cheeto reaches bid of nearly $100K on eBay.

        I guess some folks have more money than brains

  18. My wonderful boxer ate a few remotes, couple chairs and my Costa sunglasses when he was 1 or so. A friend said Costa would replace them free for incidental breakage. Cost 10 dollars and sent them away. They returned in 10 pieces 10 days later and said it wasn’t incidental. They were on the counter not floor i explained. All 100 lbs of my dog stays in the house. Funny how things changed. First thing I did when we got him was to build a nice big dog house in the back yard. He wasn’t going to be an inside dog I said. 8 years now and he hasn’t slept in it yet.


  19. BTW, whats interesting is that he created a new account for that sale when he could have used his existing eBay account. He’s been selling items from his collection including the dolls for a long time, why make a new account to sell torn up bills.

    It was $1,300 made up of 12, $100 bills and 2, $50 bills.

    It was turned into 247 pieces, 10 of those were swallowed and pooped out by his dog (and cleaned I assume by Fenn).


    Maybe these are coordinates?

    Lets try one:
    1. 85.7% of the cash are 100’s, and 14.3% are 50’s.
    2. 85.7% of 1300 is 1114.1 and 14.3% of 1300 is 185.9
    3. Converted to Longitude: 111Β°41’18.59″W

    Only one state is within that longitude, and it is Montana. 111Β°41’18.59″W is pretty darn close to Cameron MT where Fenns mom died

    Ok, so using 237 (clean pieces) and 10 (dirty pieces) we need a latitude. πŸ™‚

    • I’m going to guess he created a separate so as not to mix business and pleasure. Forrest Fenn dealer of antiquities and fecal laced currency.

      • Maybe he created it as a joke to bust chops on all the people who suggested he might be DB Cooper.

        Watch, next week he will auction a parachute! LOL

    • WyMust-
      Are you talking about the dolls that are/were listed as “from the Forrest Fenn” collection? If so that was not Forrest selling them and, in fact, the provenance on those dolls is certainly in question in many collector’s minds. Forrest told me that he doesn’t believe the dolls being sold on eBay were ever in his collection. They were not in good enough condition.
      Forrest sold his items through a different site than eBay and also sold some of his items on his own website.
      I could be wrong but I don’t believe Forrest has ever tried to sell anything on eBay til now.
      You will notice that the name this item is listed under is Shiloh..
      Shiloh is Forrest’s grandson. Forrest does not have an eBay account.

  20. Oh my! How wonderful it’s going to charity. I guess the dog wasn’t bad after all. πŸ™‚

    • What? …$2025?!

      right then, I’m going to buy some gloves and a dog immediately!

      how much does $1300 cost again?

      • thanks IW, now all I need is $1300 πŸ™‚

        ..does anyone wanna buy some gloves and a brand new dog for $1300 so I can.. oh wait! – that’s not gunna work either

        darn it!! πŸ™

  21. Only Forrest could double the value of the $1,300 he accidentally destroyed! Way to go Forrest! I hope you quadruple the original value of those bills! Hilarious.

  22. 24 7 pieces? That’s for 6th graders. Forrest you should have ripped up a few more pieces to make it a 1000 or 1300 piece puzzle. Then hidden it in the mountains north of Santa Fe. Just kidding but piecing that together is the exact kind of thing I enjoy. Most people don’t have the patience to stick with it. I once found a combination lock in the desert with 3 tumblers that had numbers from 0 to 9. I decided to go through all the numbers until I figured out the combination. 001, 002, 003, etc. Wouldn’t you know it the combination was 996. It took a few hours but I enjoy that kind of stuff. Nowadays I just try to solve million dollar treasure hunts and trying to crochet a project with perfect stitches. Whoever wins that bidding war, send the pieces to me. I’ll piece them together for you for free. Just include a pair of gloves please because some of those pieces still look a little…brown.

    • What’s on your hook? I once made a doily that took over 80 hours to make. Got a grand championship with it.
      PS…good idea to ask for gloves. : )

  23. The problem:
    It was $1,300 made up of 12, $100 bills and 2, $50 bills.
    247 pieces, 237 on the floor and 10 were swallowed and pooped out.

    The math?
    85.7% of the bills are 100’s and 14.3% are 50’s.
    85.7% of $1300 is $1114.10 and 14.3% of $1300 is $185.90
    96% of the bills were on the floor, 4% were swallowed and released from the back door.

    Can we assume the dog chewed the twelve 100’s and two 50’s evenly?
    Dog chewed $1,152 and recycled $48 of the twelve 100 dollar bills
    Dog chewed $96 and recycled $4 of the two 50 dollar bills

    The result?
    Total money chewed by the dog: $1,248
    Total money swallowed and released from the back door by the dog: $52

    Can these numbers be turned into latitude and longitude? Hehe

  24. mr. forrests cache pile, Looks like he”s fixin to start a fire,I’ll come clean your hearth before you start the fire anytime,wherever,anyplace,I’ll spread your ashes all over the rocky mountains,as you’ve been all over the rockys,so you have special places all over the place,so anywhere will do.I’ve been in the wood(chase),so I’ll claim the title.A cache puzzle,your a stinker.mr. Lucky.major fenn.

  25. Very successful auction. For the amount of profit you could make for whatever cause…why not come out of retirement and hire a person to work each end of the dog. Let me be the first to apply for the position at the front end. πŸ™‚

  26. The Home of Brown finally reveals itself…

    Truly, a heavy load for the young tyke.

    But now I understand why Forrest says: So why is it that I must go? I don’t blame you Forrest. A task only for the Brave….

    voxpops vindicated. I will say no more.

    • Fellow Treasure Hunters I give you Fair Warning, the Chase is all about having FUN – it’s all poops and giggles until someone actually giggles and (accidently) poops. Forrest has always said stay out of the MUD and he means it. voxpops is a genius. πŸ™‚

      • You’re very kind, Mike, but in reality it’s called tenacity. I also like a smattering of imagination with my logic.

  27. I’ve been thinking…
    If all our thoughts for each clue were put on the table,
    they would look like F’s pile of money!
    What if, JDA’S state was right,..
    And Seekers WWWH was correct,..
    Amy got the canyon correct…
    I got the HOB right,..
    Iron Will got…
    Well, you get the picture.
    Then throw in a few brown stained pieces, like the idea it was at a TX golf course, or the clues were sprinkled hundreds of miles apart…
    You’ve got the poem solution sitting in front of you on the table!
    Just piece together all the correct ideas to form the solution!.
    I’m sure all the correct solves for each clue has been said (or whispered) on this blog, at least once or twice. They are poo-poo’d, ignored, argued over…
    Maybe it takes all of us to come together
    and find it. Maybe, F is trying to get that mssg across, or maybe his dog just crapped some money and he had a fun idea.
    Β₯Peace Β₯

  28. I think Mr Fenn is saying we will have to trudge through s**t and conquer all obstacles, and may get our hands dirty, but if we are patient and piece the puzzle together we will reap the rewards and come out smelling like a rose.

  29. Scraps —> s-craps………….I won’t look at table scraps (leftovers) the same way anymore.

    Great way to support your favorite charity Mr. F.! This auction is way out of my league for the moment. Perhaps after……..

    Generally speaking, I was more than a little lost at first, but then I thought what a wiseman told me (my 3rd grade teacher) when I was little, a junior pinatubocharlie. “Open your mind, take a deep breath, have a bowl of soup, and rember to relax.”

    I took his advice today and even found a can of Campbell’s Chicken Soup to complete the journey. And it worked too. Thank you much, and you’re not going believe this, but his name was Mr. Rogers!

  30. After this is over maybe we should reevaluate what the chest is worth. There is obviously a premium on fame.

  31. What a fine addition to the collection of even the most discerning buyer.

    Or a pugnacious one.

  32. I just noticed ebays “more items like this” below the poop dollars. On my screen, at least, ebay seems to think if I would like these pet scanned currency I might also enjoy:

    2 separate listings for unusually shaped Cheetos
    Someone’s voice for $900
    A Hungarian man whose selling a hug for 80k
    A picture of an alien girl
    50 lbs of original Oreo cream filling for 3k
    another Cheeto
    ….and other fine fine wares!

    Check it out for a smile πŸ™‚

    • “someones voice for $900”? – that could be handy!

      (my voice often lands me in trouble πŸ™‚ )

  33. I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.
    I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
    Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I’m bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.
    I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.
    I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.
    I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.
    But I have not yet found Forrest Fenn’s hidden gold.

  34. Nicely done, and a high five, proof that every dog has his day. Therefore, 2 reasons to smile, the humor and the charity. That poor pooch was pooping green, best cut back on that expensive fiber.

  35. The Seller has a ‘0’ Feedback score. (No prior history on EBAY). Too many Bidders of the poo-poo bills show ‘0’ as their Feedback score as well.

    Maybe that’s what friends are for? Hope I’m mistaken.


  36. Anyone notice how the price was driven up by new ebay accounts, seems like some shill bidding going on.

    • If these people are unable to pay, Mr. Fenn has options available to him. It would be unfortunate if these people cancelled others out whom might have been able to bid. I’ll have to have faith in humanity, without it, it would be an ugly world.

      • It’s possible there were fraudulent bidders/bidding. This is one of the options that was available to Mr. Fenn for such situations.

        • I don’t believe that just because a person never brought anything on ebay, having 0 feedback, makes them a fraud.
          I hope there is a more reasonable explanation than that.

          • My comment wasn’t directed at you personally, pdenver. I just hope Forrest had a better reason , thats all.
            No hard feelings I hope.

          • No hard feelings, eaglesabound. There are many possibilities to why this has happened, and I believe Mr. Fenn had a very good reason to do so.

          • pdenver

            I thought your comment was entirely valid.

            It’s a mystery (so far) as to why the auction was pulled, but scam-bidders could very possibly be the reason.

      • I suspect it broke a few eBay rules, and someone may have complained. It certainly featured a lot of new and zero-feedback bidders! I doubt FF’s worried – it had the desired effect. Of course, Forrest may have decided to pull it himself.

        • eBay does not put up with shill bids, and it looked suspicious due to only the new accounts bidding it up.

          We will never know for sure, ebay is not a fun playground. It was funny while it lasted though.

  37. forrest should put it up for bids here on Dal’s site!!! That could be a good way to raise money for a charity, or better yet do a raffle and sell tickets so that everyone could have a chance. $5 dollar tickets would go pretty fast I would think, I would be good for a couple. How about it Dal?

  38. There was a reason why the eBay auction was pulled and it wasn’t Forrest’s idea to do so…
    Watch this page…for an explanation and information about how Forrest plans to fix it…

  39. It would be nice if he would make known the intended charity, or person needing the charity if he decides to post the item for auction again.
    I wouldnt want to bid on something that was going to the aid of some searcher known only by blog comments.
    Now I will happily bid for cancer charities and most all children charities .

  40. Staying tuned …
    I want those ratty looking pieces of money…they may demand a good price in the near future…just as they are.

    • So, Ken, I made a real and honest $1300 offer. How about you?

      Or anyone else? Got to have some integrity here and keep your word!

      • You guys are great stepping up to the plate like that, but I really don’t think this is about cash at all. FF has other fish to fry (or pooches to poop).

        • I agree, he put it there for other reasons. All the numbers ($1300, 12-100’s and 2-50’s, 247 pieces, 8 years, 10 out of 247 were pooped out, etc).

          Can’t wait to see if he sells a parachute next (just kidding, I don’t believe the DBC crap).

          • He’s probably thinking, sure beats the heck out of watching, dancing with the stars. He is probably having a hard time looking that dog in the eye too. lol

  41. I was triggered by the word “Laundering” in this thread and I knew that I saw something in Yellowstone that would fit somehow into that theme…IMO it is west from where I think WWWH probably is.

    Queen’s Laundry Bath House
    44Β°33β€²49β€³N 110Β°52β€²14β€³W

    The Queen’s Laundry Bath House is a ruinous structure in Yellowstone National Park. The log building sits on the edge of the Queen’s Laundry thermal feature in the Lower Geyser Basin. The water at this location is somewhat cooler than the norm, allowing early tourists to bathe. Begun by Yellowstone park superintendent Philetus Norris, the bath house was intended to have two rooms and a dirt-covered roof, but was never completed. Begun in 1881, it may be the oldest extant park visitor structure in the National Park Service system.[2]

    The ruins are located near the western end of Sentinel Meadows on a travertine mound formed by Queen’s Laundry Spring…


  42. I would be happy to pay ff $1600 (to go to Charity) for the bag of bitten bill bits. It would be nice to hear from the Billsmith (ff) to know if he agrees with this process and will part with the pieces.

  43. Can I get a refund for all of my seat except the edge….. since that’s the only part I seem to be using?


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