April 27, 2010; Source: Lowering The Bar | The New York Society Library is embroiled in a presidential scandal that leaves them out $100,000. After inflation, that is. Two books, borrowed by George Washington (yes, the George Washington) in October of 1789 were never returned, and some cunning librarians and journalists have calculated the cost of his late fees, adjusted for inflation. What’s more, Washington’s VP, John Adams, might also owe the library late fees, though his debt hasn’t yet been reported. Understandably, the library would like to recover the volumes still missing as of earlier this month, but bookkeepers are not actively engaged in pursuit.—James David Morgan
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