Onion Lovers Unite

No not that Onion. An Anonymous Patron wrote in with Cedric Oignon visits the library, done in the vein of PEEP research from earlier this year. Looks like the library shown has a lax food and drink policy.


Patron walks into bar, leaves a library

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."


Paul Newman is still HUD

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."


Librarian MP3 - "Robotic Librarian"

Troy Johnson writes "At run a search for "Robotic Librarian" by La-D-Da. Very fun song if you are a librarian."

Unruly Librarians

From this week's Onion:

This week's What Do You Think Section has a bit about the Libera/Librarian mistakes as of late.

Embattled Liberia:
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"

[via jen]


Weird Reference Questions

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...


US to Send Troops to LibRARia

Bruce writes

"Already reeling from severe economic sanctions, the once-proud nation of Libraria now braces for a military invasion that Bush administration insiders describe as long overdue.

“We’ve given them every opportunity to comply with inspections,� said Homeland Security director Tom Ridge, referring to Article 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. “But radical elements in Libraria have mocked the sanctions. They’ve shredded records, they’ve purged computer files. This will not stand.�


Your librarian hates you if....

Lots more at

You never have your library card, and then you cough on me while explaining that you don't even have an ID on you.

You refuse to learn to use the computers for yourself, and get impatient when I dont know your yahoo password.

You stare blankly as I check in your 40 books so you can pay a five-cent fine.

You contest a five-cent fine.
Spotted by Linda Absher.


New <u>Potter</u> and <u>Treason</u> Make Best Children's Fiction List

Gerry sent in this funny one.

The summer of 2003 will always be remembered as the summer when children and children-like adults everywhere got swept away by two wildly entertaining works of magical fiction. Of course, I'm talking about J.K. Rowling's action-packed fantasy Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Ann Coulter's Treason, a hilarious novel about a magical world where everything is black and white and there's always only one solution to any problem and anyone who disagrees with today's administration (not the last one and not the next one) is unfoundedly and beyond-stupid-ly guilty of a very serious crime whose specific definition does not even apply in said cases. Doesn't that sound magically unbelievable?

[via what would kofi annan do?]


Librarian Action Figure!

Rob Lopresti writes "Front page of the Seattle Times today reveals that there will soon be a Librarian Action Figure. What action does a librarian doll do? Raises her hand in a shush gesture, of course.

Tge toy is coming from Accoutrements, which is a Seattle firm that owns the wonderful Archie McPhee catalog store (they also sell nun puppets, rubber chickens, etc.)

The doll is based on Nancy Pearl, director of Washington's Center for the Book. Unfortunately her clothing on the doll makes her appear to be the nasty host of Weakest Link, IMHO.

The article is at: and Archie McPhee's is at:




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