November 19th, 2007 Brian Herzog
I'm going to Ohio this week to spend Thanksgiving with my family, so I won't be posting anything.
Except for this: the same patron who called in for Halloween trivia called in again, this time asking for Thanksgiving trivia. We found a fun turkey trivia quiz which is worth the few minutes to take it.
For you American readers, I hope you enjoy your holiday; for everyone else, enjoy the reprieve; for me, I'll be enjoying about six audio books during the drive, not to mention my mom and dad's cooking when I get there.
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November 3rd, 2007 Brian Herzog
I know I kind of missed the boat with these (after all, Halloween was three days ago - now it's time for Christmas), but here are two Halloween-related questions from this week:
Halloween Question 1
A patron called in on Halloween night:
Patron: How do you spell "satanic?"
Me: Oh, it's S-A-T...
Patron: Wait, wait, let me get a pencil and paper...
Patron: ...okay, go ahead.
Me: It's S-A-T...
Patron: That's too fast!
Me: I'm sorry; it's S...A...T...A...N...I...C
Patron: Okay, thanks. [click]
Who knows what that was about. Also, it amazes me that only about 10% of the people I talk to on the phone around here say "goodbye" before they hang up.
Halloween Question 2
A patron called in on Tuesday (Oct. 30th), and asked:
I'm having Halloween dinner party tomorrow night, and want to have a Halloween trivia contest. I don't have time to come to the library, so can you find some Halloween trivia and email it to me?
Normally, I try to discourage the reference staff from actually doing the patron's work for them (as opposed to teaching or helping them), but in this case I decided to just do it.
All it took was a web search for "halloween trivia," and then copy/pasting ten questions from various websites into a Word file. I then converted this to pdf and emailed it to the patron.
Since this was obviously not an academic assignment, I was willing to bend the rules. Plus, I always like being able to help people according to their lifestyle needs - in this case, a phone call and an email was all it took for this patron to get the information she needed.
That is much better, I think, than making her come into the library so I could help her find websites and then show her how to copy/paste and then format text in Word and then charging her $0.15 to print it. What took me about ten minutes saved this patron who knows how much time, and that's the impression of the library I want our patrons to have.
By the way, some of the Halloween trivia is below, and the rest (and the answers to these questions) is in the pdf file [7kb] (it's nothing special, trust me).
What ancient festival is considered to have evolved into our modern Halloween?
How much money is spent on Halloween candy annually in the United States?
- $1 million
- $200 million
- $500 million
- $2 billion
According to legend, a unibrow, tattoos, and a long middle finger are all signs of what Halloween creature?
- a werewolf
- a vampire
- a witch
- a golem
How many "witches" were burned at the stake in the Salem Witch Trials?
Ghosts that do pranks are known as what?
What are male witches called?
Download the pdf file [7kb] for the answers to these (and more) questions.
Some of the sources I used for this project are:
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