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Someone wrote in with this, and it just struck me as really funny.

I was up around midnight two days ago when they finally broke the story
about the new Harry Potter book title (I think the first instance I saw was
on Yahoo news). I immediately attempted to obtain the
goblet_of_fire@?????.com address, but someone beat me to it. However, as
you can see in my sig, I *was* able to scoop goblet_of_fire@????.com. My
daughter (8-years-old) was astounded and delighted. Me, too!

Still, if Rowling e-mailed me and asked to have it, I\'d give it to her, and
gladly!

And what of the now valuable URL\'s?

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Funny Library Story

David sent in this funny and eye opening
story.
True story. Today I happened to be in a library. You know--the big room with lots of books and no people, as Uncle Al would say.
I was reading a magazine and came across an unfamiliar word. \"Grubstake.\"

\"I decided to look it up. Without thinking I automatically wrote it down on a piece of scrap paper, intending to go home later and look it up on the Internet.\"

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Library Cat Shaved

Herald.com in Sunny FL, has a Story that just strikes me as funny. The first line of the story is \"Will the real Slim Shearer please stand up?\", and it gets better. The Library Cat, also known as Legs because of his extraordinarily long limbs, suffered a humiliating razor attack. Someone shaved the words ``Seniors 2000\'\' on the back of the cat. Two seniors were given a long lecture on pranks and respect for animals, after they were turned in. It gets funnier...

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Library becomes South Park

Phillynews.com has this article about a town in PA that changed its name from Library to South Park. Does anyone else see the symbolism here?
\"Library, a town of 3,600 tucked in South Park Township about 12 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, never was incorporated into a governing body. The town last week became South Park, to the liking of some and the chagrin of others.\"

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Man\'s love of pulp fiction nets remarkable collection

Here is a cute little article about a man who had to decide whether he wanted clean clothes or his books.

\"BUFFALO, New York (AP) -- For 30 years, it was love. George Kelley and the little numbers who kept him company in all those hotel rooms.

They\'d always own a little piece of his heart. And a great big part of his home. Or so he thought.\" 

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The Top 15 Signs Your Librarian is Nuts

15.Entire library stock replaced by 50,000 copies of
\"Yes, I Can\" by Sammy Davis, Jr.

14.Half-dozen recently-extracted tongues stapled to
the \"Quiet Please\"
sign.

13.Recommends Kato Kaelin\'s book.

12.Instead of scanning barcode on book at checkout,
seductively licks
the
inside cover.

11.Library only has two sections: \"Limbaugh\" and
\"Liddy.\"

10.Inserts boudoir photos of herself in copies of
Gray\'s Anatomy.

9.When you ask for an appendix, she winks
suggestively
and shows you
her
scar.

8.Replaces the overdue book fine with canings from the
\"Rod of Literary
Tardiness\".

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When the tree falls, when the phone rings...

The title sounds like a latter day parody of Sound of Music, but the related question is serious. Aquinas asked: If a tree falls in forest with none to hear, is there a sound? Today that question is a cliche where once it was profound, but if a phone STOPS ringing in the desert because of the Net, is there silence?

Tom Brokaw reported on the NBC Nightly News recently as follows:
Remember earlier this spring, when we introduced you to a telephone booth in the middle of nowhere in California\'s Mojave Desert? Its number had gotten onto the Internet and people called in from around the world. Well, the line now is officially dead. But the legend lives on. Here\'s NBC\'s Roger O\'Neill.

For more see:
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/moj/broke2/index.html

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Stupid Research Tricks

Another interesting site sent in by Bob Cox

A Page from Erica Olsen (The Librarian with the Cool T-Shirt).

A collection of short funny library stories

\"This happened about 10 years ago, in the last days of the card catalog. A student came to the reference desk, having been referred there by the security person near the front entrance. She said, \"The catalog said to see main entry for further information, so I went to the door but they couldn\'t help me.\" Keeping a straight face was very difficult.\"

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Librarian hazards

Ron Force sent in this Story From The Seattle
Times
, Friday, April 21 edition.

\"Architect Rem Koolhaas not only has designed a
striking exterior for the Seattle Public Library, but he\'s
apparently set on revolutionizing the library\'s interior, as
well.

Rumor is he wants the entire library collection (a k a
books) placed in a continuous sequence, arranged on
shelves ascending seamlessly from lower level to
upper levels.

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Search Engines have a long way to go.

I found This Funny Page on Slashdot today.
Someone did an \"Interview\" with the search
engine AskJeeves
asking VERY simple questions, questions any librarian
would be able to answer. The answers are
outstanding. It shows how far computers (And the web)
need to go to replace librarians.

UpdateAsk Jeeves if He\'s Gay!

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