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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sixty Years Overdue

William Vassily checked out "The Baby Whale, Sharp Ears" from the Portland Public Library when he was nine years old. Sixty years later, he got around to returning it.
The small, red-covered book still contains the stamped date on which it was due: June 7, 1946. Vassily, now 69, calculated it was exactly 22,008 days late, counting leap years over the intervening decades. He multiplied that number by the fine in place at the time he was a boy - 2 cents per day - and got $440.16, the amount of the check he presented to the library on Friday. [Link]

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