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Lee Hadden writes: "If you are interested in Reference Services, be glad you don't
routinely get questions like these. Try these (for fun) Life's Unanswered
Reference Questions: bored.com/questions.htm
To which we add, "Why did someone ask this question of ME?"
The Onion is "Reporting" Police are currently investigating the death of police detective Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown, 49, whose body was discovered in a Dumpster behind the Idaville Public Library Monday.
"Detective Brown's death is a great loss," said Idaville Police Commissioner Rupert "Bugs" Meany, a longtime critic of Brown's unorthodox investigative technique who nevertheless appeared to be shaken by the murder. "Thanks to him, Idaville has the highest arrest-to-conviction-due-to-obscure-trivia rate in the nation. I believe I speak for everyone in Idaville when I say that Encyclopedia Brown was truly the greatest sleuth in sneakers."
That's a story in the latest issue of The Onion. Look for it under the "News in Brief" banner.
stevenj writes "If any of you unattached librarians out there are looking for dates and romance - you really must visit this web site. JobsSlide.com."
Almost related, here's a collection of the my favorite other get-a-good-laugh sites.
We're cool enough to have our own Action Figure, well, 2 Actually, but did you know librarians star in at least 2 cartoons, Library Girl, the adventures of a library girl and her cat, and the fantastically funny "Unshelved".
We've been Featured in the funny pages numerous times, and have been the subject of a couple funny flash cartoons as well, The Library, a catchy toon [Warning: May stick in your head for hours], and a "Cops" parody "Overdue", featuring the library cops. And finally, not at all related to anything, but I'm not sure where I'll ever link to it, Dan's The Image of Librarians in Pornography, safe for the desk, but, as he puts it "Do not proceed to the links if you're offended by four letter words or explicit images"
We're a Funny Bunch, not just a bunch of ol' ladies.
solidstate writes "Comparing a bar (beverages, food, darts, etc.) to a library may have happened before. Maybe there's a library with a pub in it instead of a cafe. In the case of a story out of Denver, however, the patron entered a bar expecting to have fun and celebrate friendship with laughter and noise. Instead, the manager asked the party to quiet down. That's when the "we must be in a library" comments came out."
First, there was Spike TV and Spike Lee. Next came "Fair and Balanced" FoxNews and Al Franken. Now Paul Newman takes on HUD.
From the NYT:
"Unreliable sources report that the Fox suit has inspired Paul Newman, the actor, to file a similar suit in federal court against the Department of Housing and Urban Development, commonly called HUD. Mr. Newman claims piracy of personality and copycat infringement.
In the 1963 film "HUD," for which Mr. Newman was nominated for an Academy Award, the ad campaign was based on the slogan, "Paul Newman is HUD." Mr. Newman claims that the Department of Housing and Urban Development, called HUD, is a fair and balanced institution and that some of its decency and respectability has unfairly rubbed off on his movie character, diluting the rotten, self-important, free-trade, corrupt conservative image that Mr. Newman worked so hard to project in the film. His suit claims that this "innocence by association" has hurt his feelings plus residuals."
From this week's Onion:
This week's What Do You Think Section has a bit about the Libera/Librarian mistakes as of late.
The Bush administration is still unsure what role the U.S. military should play in war-ravaged Liberia. What do you think?
"I don't understand why everyone's so up in arms about some unruly librarians."
Ethan Templeton, Gaming Dealer"
Weird Reference Questions...
Part 1: Actual reference queries reported by American and Canadian library reference desk workers of various levels.
Part 2: Actual Reference Interviews reported by American and Canadian library reference desk workers of various levels.
"Patron: Do you have anything good to read?
Reference person getting her audible and mental answers mixed up: No, ma'am. I'm afraid we have 75,000 books, and they're all duds. "
This is an old one, Last updated: June 16, 2000, maybe we can add a few of our own below...