21 Curious 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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What is the U.S. population…of neurotic people?

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The Best Man “Forgot” the Ring. Then the Most Bizarre Ring Bearer Ever Rolled Down the Aisle…

Dec 18, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

Instagram celebrity Quis is known for showing up anywhere he wants to wearing roller-skates and…Superman underoos.

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As you can tell, he loves popping up where you least expect him, so we’re not sure if we should be surprised that he was a special guest at a wedding in Lubbock, Texas this weekend, dressed in full “Superman Drawls” costume.

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Husband Hires 24 Artists to Make His Wife’s Birthday Perfect. Her Reaction Proves He Nailed It…

Nov 12, 2014 By Megan Berman 6

Ernst Berlin wanted to make his wife’s first birthday with their new baby really special; so he turned to Reddit Gets Drawn, where artists of a variety of styles will interpret your photographs for you. He commissioned 24 artists to draw portraits of their adorable 8-month-old son Jacob.

After giving the artists 40 photographs to choose from and a deadline of two months, Berlin ended up with some really sweet and imaginative portraits.

Here are some examples (and don’t miss the big reveal at the end)…

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Want to Travel the World for Free? If You Have the Same Name as This Guy’s Ex, You’re in Luck…

Nov 5, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

Calling all Canadians named Elizabeth Gallagher! If you have a passport and love to travel, there is a free plane ticket for a trip around the world this December with your name on it.

The only catch? You have to travel with the original Elizabeth Gallagher’s ex-boyfriend, Jordan Axani, who planned the romantic getaway before they broke up.

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28-year old Axani posted the offer on Reddit a few days ago, explaining that it just wasn’t worth it to cancel the trip…

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Google Forced to Pay Woman After Posting Embarrassing Street-view Photo of Her on Her Porch

Nov 2, 2014 By Joey 2

Google Street View cameras catch people off-guard every day, so the tech giant automatically blurs the face of anyone who appears in a Street View image.

But what happens when the image shows a little more skin than the subject would like to have displayed for the entire world to see? And what if — in spite of her blurred face — that subject is easily identifiable because she’s sitting on her front porch with her address and license plates clearly visible?

When Montreal resident Maria Pia Grillo found a photo of herself leaning forward on her doorstep, she was embarrassed by how much of her cleavage was displayed for the whole world to see online. Two years after discovering the photo, the bank employee filed a lawsuit demanding $45,000 for harm inflicted due to alleged mocking from her coworkers. She also requested that Google blur out her entire body, address, and license plate.

This is the grainy photo in question, captured before Google blurred the entire scene from their system…

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Via: PetaPixel

Google agreed to blur the areas requested, but argued that they weren’t responsible for any emotional harm that occurred as a result of the photo.

The judge ruled that while Google wasn’t responsible for Grillo’s emotional distress, being in a visible place where someone can be seen does not mean that person forfeits their right to privacy.

For this violation of privacy, the judge ordered Google to pay the woman $2,250 plus interest and an additional $159 in court costs.

While Americans place a high value on free expression, which generally would permit the use of a photo of someone in public, the judge opted to take what he dubbed a “European approach” to privacy in determining what qualified as “personal information.”

Regardless of the public’s opinion of the case, Google’s incredible volume of images ensures it won’t be the last of its kind.