It never fails. Every day I receive a call from a family member that starts “I know you’re at work, but I need to know…” If I’m lucky, it’s one of my sisters.  If not, it’s my dad, who after a five minute inquisition by me still hasn’t  said what information he wants (the age old male communication deficiency we won’t get into here).  This month alone, I’ve fielded:

Who’s the cute guy in Inglorious Basterds and I don’t mean Brad Pitt?
What’s the plot of The Prince by Machiavelli because I’m not going to finish by October?
You want that tree moved—how do I fix the chainsaw?
My Gym magazine article summary is due tomorrow.  Can you find an easy one?
What’s on the SAT, again?
Can you find 3 journal articles for my MBA wellness plan paper?
Stuart Woods isn’t writing fast enough, so who else can I read?
What’s the phone number for that barber in town (no name given of course)?
Peter Pan must be in the Disney vault.  Does the library have it?
Men and communication—what gives?

This weekend, my sister (the one working on the MBA wellness paper) actually asked me to show her where to start.  All you need is this link: and your library card.  In about five minutes, we found all she needed in the Health and Wellness Resource Center.  “Wait, that was easy—why am I calling you?” she said.

She’s right – all my “questions of the month” were answered using the library’s online resources.  Check out the links above to see where. You’ll need your library card number.  Now my secret is out – librarians really don’t know it all, they just know where and how to find it. Maybe my phone will ring less, but I doubt it, there’s still my father…

What’s the strangest/”stupidest” question you’ve never found the answer to?

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5 Responses

  • Erica Posted September 30th, 2009

    I also love the “People Are Asking” column that the library does. It’s in the Cecil Whig each week and also posted under the “Adults” page on the library site. One of my all-time favorite “crazy” questions they answered was: “If a spider eats a stink bug, will its gas smell bad?” Great question with a great answer.

  • Bennett Posted October 2nd, 2009

    In a similar vein, I once had the fortune/misfortune? of meeting the Question Guy Matthew Lesko in an airport. He had big yellow question marks plastered all over his suit and he looked to be on a complete sugar and caffeine fueled bender. A regular 24/7, clearinghouse of arcane minutia that he dispensed non stop. And also, can the Cecil Whig still be publishing the People Are Asking column after all these years?

  • admin Posted October 5th, 2009

    @ Bennett – The “People Are Asking” column is published in the Cecil Whig each Tuesday in the Accent section. We also post all the “People Are Asking” questions and answers on CCPL’s website, under the Adult page – click here to check it out. Enjoy!

  • Leah Posted October 5th, 2009

    A woman once asked me about something strange she read about Americans in the 1800s, that table legs were considered too provocative too see and must be covered in material. I found some interesting info in this book:

  • Gifts Posted October 12th, 2009

    This is quite similar to my own blog and this is a most crazy question ask in an airport. They has some yellow marked questions.