Friday Funnies

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."

"Library Play" by Paul Cohen

Recently completing its run at the John Houseman Theatre Center in New York, "Library Play" is a romantic comedy set after-hours in a small-town library. Producers "Faction of Fools" hope the play will soon be touring around the keep an eye/ear out for announcements. Here's a synopsis:
Wit, hijinx, and romance abound... love develops across the counter between Sandy, the irreverent assistant librarian, and Milt, an unemployed library "regular." Their unconventional courtship is repeatedly interrupted by inept gunmen, common bibliophiles, and Sandy's tyrannical boss, Marjory.

Here are photos of the cast of characters . Do they resemble anyone at your library?

Your Librarian Hates You If...

Your Librarian Hates You If... is a funny post to Craigs List from last year. I think we probably ran it before, but it's worth another visit.

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.


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