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  • There are love lock bridges around the world. You know the story. Lovers fasten a padlock with their names or initials on them on the handrails of a bridge and throw the key immediately into the river. So their love is destined to be eternal.

    One of the most famous love lock bridges is Ponte Vecchio in Firenze, Italy. Yes, I agree, Firenze is undeniably one of the most romantic cities in the world. Some years ago, the city council removed about five and a half thousand pad locks from the handrails of Ponte Vecchio. They said it was because of aesthetics and the need to protect the nearly 700 year-old bridge from scratches. After that episode, lovers visiting Firenze have fastened their love locks near Ponte Vecchio to the railings of Lungarno degli Archibusieri, a road that runs alongside the River Arno. There are thousands of padlocks, there, nowadays. Thousands of eternal loves.

    Thousands of padlocks, yes, but what about the genius in picture? He has sealed his relationship with a combination lock!

    No need to dive to retrieve the key from the muddy riverbed if the fiancée doesn’t look attractive enough in the morning light anymore. Tangled hair, or something. Or maybe the young man wants to play Halo tomorrow on the XBox instead of dating. Then he just needs to open the combination and get rid of the stupid lock and the painstaking relationship.

    In the midst of eternal loves, there’s one guy who loves 110 percent eternally -- with a right of veto.
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