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A Valentine’s Day surprise

Cynthia Holmes of Boone, IA had quite a surprise when her husband came home and presented her with a scratch-off lottery ticket instead of flowers and/or chocolates on Valentine’s Day, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. It may not have been quite what she expected but her look of disappointment quickly turned into one of euphoria. What she thought was just a chintzy, last minute $10 token gift turned out to be a hefty $100,000 winner. Talk about a romantic way to spend the evening!

One way to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Wilson & Haubert, PLLC in North Little Rock, AR found a different way to promote the law firm’s services this Valentine’s Day, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The firm posted a notice on Facebook offering a free divorce simply by visiting its Web site and filling out an entry form. The post read:   “In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are giving one lucky winner A FREE DIVORCE!  Are you ready to call it quits?  Do you know someone that is?”

A Presidents’ Day surprise

Archivists at Union College in Schenectady, NY made an astonishing find just in time for Presidents’ Day this year, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. They found a lock of George Washington’s hair in a leather-bound edition of Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the year 1793. The book was given to the library by James A. Hamilton, the son of Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Susan Holloway Scott, a scholar and author of the historical novel, I, Eliza Hamilton, told the United Press International that “In an era when people frequently exchanged hair as a keepsake, it’s quite probable that Martha had given Eliza some of George’s hair, which in turn was given to their son, James, who later distributed it, strand by strand, as a precious memento to close friends and family members.”