December 7, 1968

On December 7, 1968, Richard Dodd of Winamac, Indiana returned an overdue book to the University of Cincinnati’s medical library. Nothing strange there. Oh, his great-grandfather had checked it out in 1823 when he was a medical student at the University of Cincinnati. The book was 145 years overdue and a late fee of $22,646 was owed. Librarian Cathy Hufford decided to forgive the fee as the Devil had already assured her that Mr. Dodd’s great-grandfather was already being punished. The Devil said that Dr. Dodd was forced to listen to his patients describe how essential oils and copper bracelets had cured their hair loss and helped them lose 25 pounds in just 30 days for the last 100 years.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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