Imperial, California - People take great pride in celebrating their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries, exchanging silver and gold symbols of love, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The traditional gift for one's 12th anniversary is silk and so Kevin Cotter's wife gave him her silk wedding dress as a memento of their union - along with a divorce.  Cotter, who lives in Tucson, AZ, was distraught but he quickly found a way to assuage his sorrow.  He started coming up with new ideas for how to use the gown and posting them on his Internet blog appropriately called "My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress."

He posted pictures on the blog of more than 100 ways he used the dress.  They show how the gown can be repurposed as a pasta strainer, a hammock, a dust cloth, etc.  In one photo op, he's even seen wearing the dress as snow camouflage while hunting.

He published a book called "101 Uses for My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress" when the blog became an Internet sensation and went viral, as they say.

There's been no comment from his former spouse on whether she plans to go back to divorce court to seek a portion of the book's royalties, quipped AMAC.