Book of Answers: The New York Public Library Telephone Reference Service's Most Unusual and Enter

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 9, 1992 - Education - 320 pages
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How many of these questions can you answer without calling the New York Public Library's Telephone Reference Service?
Who really designed the American flag?
How hot is the sun's surface?
How does quicksand work?
When was the Ark of the Covenant last seen?
Who sat at the Algonquin Round Table?
Where does the name "The Grateful Dead" come from?
Why is Christmas abbreviated as Xmas?
Can any creatures besides humans get a sunburn?
How many muscles does it take to smile? To frown?
Why are rabbits' feet considered good luck?
You could, of course, do all the painstaking research yourself. Or you could pick up the phone and call the resourceful, erudite, quick-witted librarians of the New York Public Library's Telephone Reference Service, Tel Ref, for whom questions like these are all in a day's work. For the past twenty years, Tel Ref has met the information needs of a public as diverse as the subjects in the Library's catalog, and now they've compiled their most interesting, unusual, and most-often-asked queries into The Book of Answers -- a delight for browsers, a treasure trove of fascinating information, and the perfect companion to The New York Public Library Desk Reference.
 

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What do NYPL librarians do with the most popular, peculiar, and humorous questions asked over a 20-year period? Find the answers, organize them into 27 subject areas, compile a 1300-term index, and ... Read full review

Contents

American History
1
American Statistics
15
The Animal World
23
Crime and Criminals
35
The English Language
47
Fine Arts
63
The First
70
Geography
79
Popular Culture
154
The Question and Answer Hall of Fame
173
Religion
183
Royalty and World Leaders
194
Science
202
Sports
218
Trademarks 333
232
U S Presidents
245

Holidays
91
The Human Body
97
Inventions
103
Library Omnibus
110
Literature
121
Myth and Folklore
134
New York City History
146
Who Was Who
254
World Cultures
267
World History
277
Twelve Trick Questions and Popular Delusions
290
Index
295
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Barbara Beruner has headed the New York Public Library's Telephone Reference Service since 1986. She and her staff of ten reference librarians are based in the Library's Mid-Manhattan Branch. Meunda Corey and George Ochoa are the authors of The Man in Lincoln's Nose: Funny, Profound, and Quotable Quotes of Screenwriters, Movie Stars, and Moguls and several other books. Ms. Corey is the coauthor of The Official Couch Potato Cookbook.

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