Friday Funnies

Books As Useful Objects

Lots of ridiculous & or useful stuff you can do with a book...shown as a book trailer for Cyanide & Happiness Comics.

True Stories from a Book Drop Near You

Oct. 25th blog post,

Book drops. It seems simple, doesn’t it? A name like “book drop” doesn’t leave much room for mystery…you’d think.

A recent poll of librarians has proven otherwise, however. Across the nation, patrons of public libraries have confused a book drop with trash receptacles, a donation box, urinals, chicken coops… The list goes on and on.

While we may never understand how or why this confusion occurs, we do know that the result of patron confusion–though sometimes disturbing–is frequently amusing. So, until the government provides libraries with several billion dollars to launch an education campaign on proper book drop use, we have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with this useful list of book drop dos and don’ts–all based on the true stories that have been sent in from around the world.

1. Situation: You work at a library in the city of Las Vegas, NV. As you approach the book drop, you hear the sound of squawking and scratching.

Don’t…Assume you’re crazy. You may be miles from the nearest farm, but there actually are chickens in your book drop…complete with food and water. Hey, it happens.

Do… Tell your coworkers to fire up the bar-be-que, baby!

2. Situation: Upon opening the book drop, you are pummeled by the stench of garbage. And on top of the rubbish heap in your book drop? A used maxi pad.

Don’t…Toss your cookies into the book drop. You’d only have to clean that up, too.

Your Preference...Rogue or Rouge?

It should not have come as a surprise to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and her publisher that somebody would take the title of her upcoming memoir, flip two letters and come up with a parody.

That's exactly what's happened. As Entertainment Weekly reports, editors of The Nation plan to publish Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare on Nov. 17 -- the same day that the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee's Going Rogue: An American Life hits bookstores. NPR offers a poll on which title is more to your liking.

Rebel Librarians? Yes, please!

The following is our most recent Story of the Week from The Merry Librarian (, dated Oct. 11th, 2009. A new story is posted every week on our site. Be sure to check us out!

"Rebel Librarians? Yes, please!"

Library patrons are, by nature, very delicate clientele. They enter our doors with all kinds of requests and needs, but we, being the stodgy librarians we all are, sometimes forget that they are to be treated with absolute sensitivity. Sometimes, we blunder. We inadvertently step on someone’s toes with cold-hearted requests such as, “Please use headphones when listening to your death metal music on your laptop,” or “We’d appreciate it if you’d leave your flask of whiskey at home next time.” And we may slip up occasionally and ask difficult and alarming questions, such as, “What’s the title of the book you’re looking for?”. But hey, we’re only human…right?

Librarian: What can I do for you?

Patron: Can you check to see if a book is in your library?

Librarian: Sure! What book are you looking for?

Patron: I knew you were going to ask that! I just had it…and when you asked me that I forgot it right away!


Librarian: Oops…sorry about that, is there anything you know about the book that I can possibly use to find the title?

Patron: No! You shouldn’t have said anything!

Librarian: …

Tears for Fears in the Library: A Little Friday Afternoon Entertainment

Here's a little something to help us all get through the day to the weekend! The subject line reads "Ever wish songs just sang what was happening in the music video? Well now they do, in this second installment of literal videos! Lyrics/singing: Dustin McLean Voices: Jonah Ray, Priscilla McLean"

This one features Tears for Fears in an environment we all know very well.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Oh My Librarian, She Showed It To Me, and then She Did It With Me

Here's the Librarian Song, performed by Joe Uveges at the 'When Freedom Calls' concert on November 2, 2007 in Colorado Springs.

Thanks Ken Fujiuchi of New York Library Association for the tip.

Brush Up on Your Social Networking People

From Social Signal, a sign of the times (thanks to David Lee King for the suggestion).

Mo. family Christmas photo turns up in Czech ad

It's an international mystery: How did a Missouri family's Christmas card photo end up in the Czech Republic, splashed across a huge storefront advertisement? Danielle Smith said Wednesday that the photo taken of her family last year got sent to family and friends, and was posted on her blog and a few social networking sites. The photo showed her and her husband Jeff holding their two young children.

About 10 days ago, one of Smith's college friends was driving through Prague when he spotted their huge smiling faces in the window of a store specializing in European food. He snapped a few pictures and sent them to a flabbergasted Smith.

Full story here.

Ann Hodgman's All-Purpose Book Club Discussion Questions ("Shouts & Murmurs")

Though Hodgman introduces her Book Club Discussion Questions in this week's New Yorker as "discussion points for members who have not read this month’s book," I believe they'll stimulate lively discussion even among prepared book club members. They also make the most hilarious book-related piece of writing I've seen since John Crace's digested read of Jodi Picoult's Handle with Care.

Everyone Poops: The Film Adaptation (trailer)

Inspired by the recently-released trailer for Spike Jonze's upcoming
film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, Landline TV has adapted another children's classic in this Jonze-spoofing trailer.


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