Friday Funnies

Why NOT Ban Books?

Brian Laughing Librarian Smith thinks that there are some very compelling reaons to ban certain books. Here's his 2004 Banned Books Week Homage.

Google of Yore

Found a link to this image of a beta version of Google over at jessamyn's place.

This Land Parody, Starring Kerry & Bush

Cliff Urr writes "I don't know if this fits LIS inclusion guidelines, but it's worth looking at for an end-of-the-work-week belly laugh. This is a superb example of a "new media" online super-short movie and a hysterically funny parody of the beloved Woody Guthrie folksong - make sure your computer sound card/speakers are working."

"Library Play" by Paul Cohen

Recently completing its run at the John Houseman Theatre Center in New York, "Library Play" is a romantic comedy set after-hours in a small-town library. Producers "Faction of Fools" hope the play will soon be touring around the country....so keep an eye/ear out for announcements. Here's a synopsis:
Wit, hijinx, and romance abound... love develops across the counter between Sandy, the irreverent assistant librarian, and Milt, an unemployed library "regular." Their unconventional courtship is repeatedly interrupted by inept gunmen, common bibliophiles, and Sandy's tyrannical boss, Marjory.

Here are photos of the cast of characters . Do they resemble anyone at your library?

Your Librarian Hates You If...

Your Librarian Hates You If... is a funny post to Craigs List from last year. I think we probably ran it before, but it's worth another visit.


You never have your library card, and then you cough on me while explaining that you don't even have an ID on you.


You refuse to learn to use the computers for yourself, and get impatient when I dont know your yahoo password.


You stare blankly as I check in your 40 books so you can pay a five-cent fine.


You contest a five-cent fine.

Library Clock Has 'IIII' Instead of 'IV'

An Anonymous Patron writes "Funny Little Story out of Gardener, MA, where Library director Gail Landy learned that when it comes to Roman numerals on clocks, IIII equals IV.

Construction manager Tom Kondel, head of the Levi Heywood Memorial Library project, came to her recently and said, "Gail, we've got a problem with the clock," referring to the large clock installed over the west door of the new library building.

As Kondel said, the number four on the clock was IIII instead of the expected IV. Landy decided it wouldn't do to have what she called "an illiterate" clock."

An Infallible Power?

Katie writes "Oh, that Satchel! Get Fuzzy" Friday Funny.

The Ultimate Proof of Evil

In the current storyline of the very offbeat online comic goats, we are learning of the origins of the character Diablo. Today it was revealed that his foster father, Loovis, once ate a librarian. The Horror!

Don Saklad Haiku/Senru

Don Saklad sent in a link to Michael Sauers Don Saklad Haiku/Senru Page, so since it's Friday, and there's not much else going on, why not try to write your own. There's a ton of Material to work with out there, and Here.


Public documentation
Ask your city public library
Observe principles flouted

Nude Santa-wannabe Found in Bookstore Chimney

Anonymous Patron points us to "this ABC News story about a naked guy found stuck in the chimney of a Minneapolis bookstore early Christmas morning. Police assured the public it was not Santa Claus and pronounced the guy lucky, saying 'he's lucky he didn't get cooked.'"

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