Friday Funnies

Harvard Hires Fun Czar :-) :lol:

search-engines-web sent along word on an odd new job at Harvard. "Harvard University students: overachieving, bookish bores or repressed party animals? A little of both, it seems. Following complaints that it does little to promote campus social life, the Ivy League school has hired its first "fun czar" -- Zac Corker, a recent Harvard graduate whose job is to build community spirit and help stressed-out students unwind. Here's The Story.

Patron invites librarian to bathroom for consultation

Daniel writes "The names have been removed to protect the blushing, but a colleague at the library in question assures me it's true:

This week a woman approached a reference librarian at a library in Alaska. She asked if the librarian would come into the women's
restroom with her.

A bit taken aback, the librarian inquired if there was a problem. Evidently, this patron had just taken a home pregnancy test and was
unsure of the results.

The librarian complied. According to the interpretative results as stated on the kit, she was indeed pregnant. After muttering something
about concern about her boyfriend, she left.

What they don't teach you in library school!"

Librarians suggest Holiday Gifts for The Intellectual Academic

search-engines-web writes "A site put together by librarians at SUNY Buffalo has some grand Gift Ideas. As the
Campus Paper Reported It is heavily academic and a little weird, but a lot of fun, and will satisfy the peculiar cravings of those cell biologists, mathematicians and other academics or students on your list.

Contemplating that gift for the one who has everything "upstairs", allow Search engines web to make a few humble suggestions on an unforgetable Web site."

Libraries into Google

Anonymous Patron writes "Yahoo! News - Henry Payne"

Book Recommendations for Dubya

The National Catholic Reporter brings us a list of top book choices for President George W. Bush, with tongue firmly, as they say, in cheek.

Author Marie Whitla O'Reilly quotes the President "It’s a wonderful country,� Bush II enthused. “You don’t have to read to become president.� and then rhetorically asks, "What about the presidentiary� library? How’s he going to fill those shelves?"

O'Reilly ponders aloud...I knew the education president needed a list and he needed it fast. Plato’s Republic came to mind, along with The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Crime and Punishment, A Short History of Financial Euphoria and Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace.

Nah! I said to myself. Forget it! By his own admission, he’s no “innalexshal.�

Then, bingo! I remembered Dr. Seuss. Luckily Dubya married a librarian who is also committed to leaving no billionaire behind. Laura could easily get her hubby hooked on books, beginning with Hop on Pop. Then he can get his feet wet with Fox in Socks.

More in this delightfully silly vein at NCR.

One "Job List" Librarians Didn't Make - And Be Glad!

stevenj writes "So librarian rarely makes any of those "best job" or "hottest job lists" and maybe that bums us out because we know there are few better jobs out there. But here's one list of jobs we should be glad doesn't include our profession. Anal wart researcher topped Popular Science's list of worst jobs in science (hey - we have plenty of science librarians, right). Read more about this list at: 13p-3908385c.html"

Why NOT Ban Books?

Brian Laughing Librarian Smith thinks that there are some very compelling reaons to ban certain books. Here's his 2004 Banned Books Week Homage.

Google of Yore

Found a link to this image of a beta version of Google over at jessamyn's place.

This Land Parody, Starring Kerry & Bush

Cliff Urr writes "I don't know if this fits LIS inclusion guidelines, but it's worth looking at for an end-of-the-work-week belly laugh. This is a superb example of a "new media" online super-short movie and a hysterically funny parody of the beloved Woody Guthrie folksong - make sure your computer sound card/speakers are working."


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