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LMNETters, W/schools about to start, I want to share this list w/you ;-) .....Madelynne Johnson.....experienced K-12 librarian seeking full/part/sub job for fall '96 Seattle, WA email@example.com > >This is a list compiled by Will Manley of AMERICAN LIBRARIES of the 8 >most ridiculous reference questions he has ever been asked. > >1. A hysterical woman calls up and screams, "I have an emergency, > and I need the telephone number for 911!" > >2. A college student (yes, a college student!) requests a photo > of the Underground Railroad. > >3. A man calls reference and wants to know how to say "hello" > in sign language over the telephone. > >4. A seventh-grade student says, "I've just seen JURASSIC PARK > and I'd like a cassette of live dinosaur sounds." > >5. A high school senior asks for information on youth in Africa. > You say, "Oh you want books about growing up in Africa?" The > student shakes his head and says, "No, I want books about killing > old people and vegetables." After a nanosecond of confusion you > reply with a straight face, "Oh, you don't want books on youth in > Africa, you want books on youth in Asia." > >6. Another high school student storms up to the desk and requests a > videotape of Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address. After > you inform him that you don't have this, he responds, "Well, dude, > you ought to think about getting it. You've got tapes of Clinton, > and Abraham Lincoln was a much greater president than Clinton." > >7. A man calls up and wants the correct spelling for "BMW." > >8. A high school freshman who is doing a research paper on the White > House wants to know the shape of the Oval Office and what flowers > can be found in the Rose Garden.