Friday Funnies

TV and libraries: comic strip theme of the week

After seeing three comic strips touch on the subject of TV viewers and libraries this week, I had to check Chase\'s to see if there was some official event listed (there wasn\'t, unless you count Psychic Week). Take a look:

Fusco Brothers

Sylvia (look at 08/07/2002 in the archive)

Overdue (also see 08/09/2002)

Only 74 years late, and in the wrong country

St Mary\'s University Library in Halifax were surprised to get a book returned to them that had been borrowed in 1928... from Michigan Ann Arbor Library. Someone went a long way to avoid paying that fine. See the full story from Ananova.

School to adopt sex-free Bible?

The principal of Landover Baptist Church\'s Elementary School has created an abridged, sex-free Bible. The principal is recommending to the church\'s board "that the new Bible, roughly the size of a theater program, be required reading in all classes in place of the salacious unabridged version."

All the Hu\'s Down in Hu\'ville

It\'s already December (in much of the world), and my mind\'s been filled with thoughts of the man who knows if I\'ve been bad or good, who keeps a list of who\'s naughty or nice, who sees and hears what I say and do.

But in a break from thinking about John Ashcroft, I pulled up my favorite winter-holiday-related Web page:

Welcome Christmas! The Story of a Holiday Hymn

This has been around for a few years, but it\'s still fun to see how many people you can get to believe that the song from the Grinch cartoon is derived from an ancient folk song from a remote area of Norway.

Or, if you want to use the page for good instead of evil, present it as a cautionary example in the next Internet research class you teach.

AAP Funnies

Jason writes: \"I was looking for something over on the AAP site, and ran across a funny in the Press Archive.
The two latest stories they have posted are titled, DMCA Essential to the Future of E-commerce AND
New Threats to Your Freedom of Speech.
Someone at the AAP missed the irony.\"

Yes, it turns out the DMCA is essential to the future, but doesn\'t threaten free speech. . The full text of Mrs. Schroeder\'s remarks can be found here, she has some interesting thoughts on fair use.
As for the threats to your freedom of speech? They include libel, invasion of privacy, confidentiality of sources and the limits of First Amendment protection.

Funny how different my ideas for freedom of speech are from corporate ideas.

From the comics pages

\"The Dinette Set\" is an odd single-panel comic that\'s sometimes pretty funny, and sometimes ... well, just odd. Today\'s take on bookmobiles made me smile. I think the use of quotation marks had something to do with it.

Ultimate Bathroom Reading

Ananova has this important announcement: A German company will soon print novels on toilet paper. Although most will be works whose copyright has expired, they have been approached by a living novelist. The new product will be unveiled at next year\'s Frankfurt book fair.

Conan the Librarian

So, I know that it\'s a bit early for a Friday funny but you just have to look at Conan the Librarian and his hilarious true tales of life in a library.
It was sooooo hard to pick a single example but here\'s a little sample for you:
\"I am looking for a book with this call number, but I can\'t find it,\" a student tells Conan. \"Which call number?\" Conan asks. The student shows him a slip of paper with \"327 p. 22 cm.\" written on it. Conan, ever the diplomat, pauses for a moment and then says to the student, \"I\'m sure we can find the book, but do you happen to recall what the title is?\"

the oldest overdue book

It was Amnesty Week at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh so Lucille Colamarino returned a book due on November 10, 1924, that is $12,500 in fines. She was awarded a calendar organizer as a joke and a crown and sash for returning the book. Full Story

Is there a record for the most overdue book ever returned?

Nude Library in Australia

Laurie writes \"Check out this library in Australia has the Story \"

Seems almost impossible, but they say it was started by a billionaire nudest who loved \"great literature and romping through life with no clothes on\".

\"And in his will, he set aside 5 percent of his estate to establish the Sawyer Franzline Library - - his only condition being that anyone who works in the library or uses the library be stone-cold naked. In his mind, he was doing people a favor by setting them free of their clothes.\"


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