Friday Time Killers

Simply Useless!

Probably should have saved this one for Friday, but... (I suggest you mute before trying).

Here's "Take me to a useless website please."

The Onion TV - Back of the Library "Smells Like Weed"

U. of Maryland Library Gangnam Style

Pretty hip place if you asked me...

Poe/try Celebration by the StandUp Librarian

Bad Childrens Books (that don't exist)

Here's your Friday laugh from the Bob Staake Gallery.

One of many...

Giant Crumpled Paper Drops From The Sky, Lands On Hill In New Zealand

You are standing in a park in New Zealand. You look up at the top of a hill, and there, balanced on the ground, looking like it might catch a breeze and blow away, is a gigantic, rumpled piece of paper.

Full piece on NPR

A Little Friday Frivolity

A slide show via Ellen DeGeneres: Looky looky at this booky!.

A number of surprising titles including a book that I was very proud to work on while at Kane/Miller Book Publishers during the '90's; "The Gas We Pass, the Story of Farts" by Shinto Cho (my boss Sandy Miller did the research, I just proofread it).

Retro Library Posters (1960's)

A fun Flickr collection of 1960's Library Posters.

Couple Has Saucy Spat Over 50 Shades of Gray

Daily Mail UK reports on a not quite lethal assault with HP Brown Sauce.

A man has appeared in court after taking revenge on his girlfriend who refused to stop reading the erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey - by squirting sauce all over her face.

Raymond Hodgson, 31, was charged with common assault after being appalled to discover that his partner of five years, Emma McCormick, had been reading the racy book.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how their tiff over the book escalated to the point where Hodgson, from Carlisle, Cumbria, decided take to his own saucy revenge.

Wind-Up Toys @ The Library

LINCOLN, VT — Dancing gorillas, chattering teeth, jumping owls, rolling hamburgers, a climbing panda and a Mickey Mouse that strolls. What do they all have in common? They’re wind-up toys — a cultural relic of childhoods past.

In an era where digital games, like Angry Birds and Diner Dash, dominate the minds of many children, the Lincoln Library is paying homage to the centuries-old wind-up toy. For the months of May and June, more than 200 miniature, wind-up toys are on display in the Lincoln library, some of which date back to the early 1900s.

At the library last Thursday afternoon, librarian Debi Gray and assistant Marcia Jimmo were in high spirits as they wound and clicked their way through a half hour, watching the clockwork motor toys dance around.

The large collection of wind-up toys actually belongs to Jimmo’s grandson, but Jimmo and her husband, Roger, have kept them safe for years. Now that their grandson is a teenager, he doesn’t have any use for the toys, said Jimmo. So, she decided to take the collection out of its resting place in an old box and bring the little automatons back to life under the lights of the town library.

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