Bizarre Questions Considered

By , October 26, 2010 2:46 pm

by Kristine Lloyd

If you’re a dork like me and just hanging out listening to NPR on the weekends, then you heard about Kee Malesky’s new book, All Facts Considered. First let me say this, I love her name, and I have always been curious about, no let’s say jealous of, her job. I remember meeting an NPR reporter when I worked at the US District Court in Atlanta, and the first thing I asked her was whether she knew Kee Malesky. She was based in Atlanta and looked at my like I was crazy.

Some of the bizarre questions she’s been asked include: is a watermelon a fruit or a vegetable? How long is a New York minute? What is plastic soup? I’m not sure what plastic soup is, but it sounds disgusting, and frankly, not very nutritious.  I want some questions like that. Couldn’t I just once get a question like that, instead of, can you find me a case that says “X”?

3 Responses to “Bizarre Questions Considered”

  1. Brenna Louzin says:

    Yes, Kee Malesky has a job that many of us would love. And yet, don’t you think too much adrenaline at the Reference Desk might give us a rash?
    I am proud to say that at our Reference Desk, we never cease to be amazed at the depth and breadth of the questions posed.

  2. Crystal says:

    Kristine – I’m sure you-all get your share of interesting and bizarre questions, or at least those that make you laugh (if not out loud then at least inside). Remember the great anecdote where a small boy asked a public reference librarian for a book on “eunuchs”? After some delicate questioning, she realized the boy meant “UNIX”. Hardeeharhar!

  3. Jan Lawrence says:

    I once was asked to research cryogenics for a client that wanted to be frozen when he died. Haven’t had anything quite that interesting in a long time…

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