Stumpers!: Answers to Hundreds of Questions that Stumped the Experts

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Fred R. Shapiro
Random House, 1998 - Reference - 236 pages
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When people are faced with questions they can't answer, they often go to their local reference librarian. But when reference librarians are stumped, where do they go? The answer is Stumpers!, an Internet discussion group devoted to the questions even the professionals couldn't handle.
* What is the value of the chemicals in the human body?
* Why did Napoleon keep his hand in his jacket?
* Do the people now alive outnumber the people who have ever lived?
* Who was the last slave to serve in the White House?
* What was the first couple on television allowed to sleep in the same bed?
The standard references are silent, but Stumpers! has answered them all, combining the traditional accuracy of reference librarians with the fast-moving wit of the Internet. With hundreds of answers in categories ranging from Government to Sports, Folklore to Science, Stumpers! is the perfect gift for any trivia fan.

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About the author (1998)

Fred R. Shapiro is Associate Librarian for Public Services and Lecturer in Legal Research at the Yale Law School.  A longtime contributor to Stumpers!, he is the author of a number of books, most recently Trial and Error: An Oxford Anthology of Legal Stories.

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