Researchers Call for "Medically Sound" Nursery Rhymes

A team of researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have written a tongue-in-cheek research paper decrying the serious injuries sustained in nursery rhymes. "Particularly egregious were the injuries presumably sustained by Ten Little Monkeys, who begin the rhyme jumping on a bed." (If you don't know what happens after that, it's grim stuff indeed). The mock paper calls for legislation and "medically sound" nursery rhymes for today's children. More here from Reuters. What strikes me is that this story shows up on Reuters News page and BBC as straight-up news. And here's another archived fairy tale story, Russian Tots Amused by Sots.


Haiku Cereal Boxes Left to College Library

There have been things I've seen on the internet that I desperately wanted to be true, like the picture of Bush holding the children's book upside down. This is another story that slipped past my critical radar for a brief second, until I noticed the following disclaimer:
"The Watley Review is dedicated to the production of articles completely without journalistic merit or factual basis."
With that, I present the following Onion-esque story.
Expresses bald disbelief
Wants it to be true


How to Get the 18-34 y.o. Set to Read

Anonymous Patron shares "This goofy, but astute piece from the Dallas Observer about how to target-market print materials to young adults. (Not like teens, but real adults who are young. Is that group still called Gen X, or are they post-Gen X?)"


Dead Presidential Wives Head up Fake Historical Society

This weird little blurb showed up in Library Journal's People section:

"Varina Howell Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln were named joint Directors, John Brown Historical Center and Library, Harpers Ferry, WV."

Kudos to Nann Blaine Hilyard for being such a diligent reader.


A Foil for Sappy Motivational Posters

This catalog, Despair, Inc. has been making the rounds in our office. Looks like it's been around for awhile, but it's the first time I've seen it.


He's got a library jones

Read Joel McNally's latest column in The Capital Times (out of Madison, WI), in which he confesses the dark secret of his lifelong addiction:

"Stop me before I read again.

I can't help myself. Sometimes I can stay clean for days at a time. But then the fever overtakes me.

I make some excuse to get out of the house. I tell my parents I am going to meet my friends and score some drugs. But then I head straight for the library. ..."

Don't miss the rest of McNally's shocking confession.


Library, the Musical

tangognat writes "Something fun for Friday, Library the Musical, requires QuickTime or Windows Media Player." Safe for work and libraries.


Censorship Song

Bibliofuture writes "A Canadian Band called "Local Anxiety" has a song called "Dirty Books" that is about censorship. The song is a riot. You can hear the song at (free registration required) by looking up the band and clicking on their album "Forgive Us We're Canadian" This link should take you directly to the album"


Patrons Have Special Needs

Jessamyn pointed me to This Funny Well Dressed Librarian Post that says every single patron has special needs.

NEED: man who wants us to keep his library card on file at the front desk so he doesn't have to carry it with him.
REASON: (lazy) he loses it a lot.
OUR RESPONSE: We don't keep patron cards at the desk. If you forget your card, show us your DL, or other photo ID
HIS RESPONSE: Absolute confusion.


A day in the life....

Anonymous Patron sent us A day in the life of a library techie, reality v. fantasy:
It starts like this:
Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Perceived day in the life of a techie:

8:15 stroll into office, not seen for an hour
9:15 ignore support call
9:30 ignore support email
9:35 play games
10:20 donut break
11:00 aimlessly meander down hallways
11:20 lunch....



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