Weird Questions Real People Asked Librarians Back Before Google Was a Thing

Dec 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

It wasn’t that long ago when a person who was curious about something either had to forget about it and move on or actually do some research. And sometimes this research involved  — horror of horrors — asking another human being about the topic at hand. There was no option to quietly and privately inquire of Google.

The closest approximation to the magic of the internet was to call the public library and ask your question to the local librarian. And while they wouldn’t ordinarily laugh at you outright, they were still sometimes secretly amused. And occasionally they’d write down your question for posterity’s sake. (That is, so that your posterity could laugh at you.)

That’s what librarians at the New York Public Library did, anyway. And now they are sharing many of the questions they received from the 1940’s and onward.

Here are some of the best.

How long do abandoned women live?


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This 8-Year-Old Boy Wrote a Book and Raised $1 Million to Save His Best Friend’s Life

Dec 19, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

Meet Dylan Siegel and his best friend, Jonah Pournazarian.


Jordan has a rare liver disorder which makes his blood sugar levels drop dangerously low. There’s no cure for what he has yet, but Dylan decided he was going to help his bestie get better.

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Famous Authors…and the Dogs Who Look Like Them

Dec 11, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

Photographer Dan Bannino has been juxtaposing classic authors with their canine doppelgängers in a series he calls Poetic Dogs. The resemblances are at least amusing and occasionally uncanny…

Oscar Wilde


Charles Bukowski


But Bannino’s project isn’t just cool photos of funny dogs—his inspiration comes from his beloved dog Rothko, who he rescued from a shelter over a year ago.

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Funny Photo Shoot of Stephen Colbert as Tolkien Characters. Gandalf at Starbucks Wins…

Dec 11, 2014 By Abraham 5

In case you haven’t noticed, Stephen Colbert is a big nerd.

Not only is he the biggest Star Wars fan, he’s no slouch when it comes to Tolkien, either. So he was a perfect match when Entertainment Weekly was looking for someone to write an article in celebration of Peter Jackson’s last Hobbit movie.

And to really make his dreams come true, they let him dress up like different Tolkien characters for the cover of the magazine…

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Famous Novels’ Classic First Lines Perfectly Updated for Today

Dec 1, 2014 By Abraham 0

We all love the classics and no one wants them to actually change.

But, still, it’s fun to ask What if?

See more at Buzzfeed.

What’s the Most Famous Book Set in Your State? See If You Agree with This List…

Nov 18, 2014 By Abraham 1

Can you name a book set in your state? It will be really easy for some of you, either because you know your literature or because you come from a state that’s a popular location for fiction. Or maybe both. And for others, it’ll be pretty hard to think of a book placed in our state.

Here’s a map that will show you one famous story set near you. Do you agree that it’s the most famous?

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Via: Business Insider

Bryan Cranston Reads Hilarious R-rated “Kids” Book (If Your Kid’s a Picky Eater, You’ll Relate)

Nov 13, 2014 By Joey 0

If you had a baby or toddler two years ago, you probably saw the book Go the F*** to Sleep, accompanied a little while later by  Samuel L. Jackson’s fantastic reading of it, which he did because when he read it, he “fell out laughing.”

Now, author Adam Mansbach is back with another “kids” book that you can never — never — read to your kids. This one is called You Have to F***ing Eat, and this time around he enlisted Bryan Cranston to read the hilarious bedtime story…

(Yes, it is explicit and wonderfully inappropriate. Please don’t click play if this is going to offend you.)