Here are a few gems, lightly edited for clarity:
- Is it proper to go to Reno alone to get a divorce? (1945)
- I just saw a mouse in the kitchen. Is DDT OK to use? (1946)
- What is the life span of an eyelash? Answer: Based on the book Your Hair & Its Care, it's 150 days. (1946)
- What does it mean when you dream of being chased by an elephant? (1947)
- Where can I rent a beagle for hunting? (1963)
- Can you tell me the thickness of a U.S. Postage stamp with the glue on it? Answer: We couldn't tell you that answer quickly. Why don't you try the Post Office? Response: This is the Post Office. (1963)
- Does the New York Public Library have a computer for use by the public? Answer: No sir! (1966)
- Telephone call mid-afternoon New Year's Day, 1967: Somewhat uncertain female voice: "I have two questions. The first is sort of an etiquette one. I went to a New Year's Eve party and unexpectedly stayed over. I don't really know the hosts. Ought I to send a thank-you note? Second. When you meet a fellow and you know he's worth twenty-seven million dollars — because that's what they told me, twenty-seven million, and you know his nationality, how do you find out his name?"
A wise librarian can often help in those situations. That's a fact!