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I have a friend who was raised from birth in the USA and some of the etiquette issues astounded me.  A few examples:

He asked if he should ask a girl he was dating to lose weight.  They had only gone out of a few dates. 

This friend really didn't understand that it wasn't appropriate to invite yourself to other people's homes and parties.  The best example was a wedding I was invited to as a guest of another friend of mine.  My etiquettely challenged friend asked to come along to the wedding, although he wasn't invited, and didn't even know the couple.  Even worse was he really didn't seem grasp it when I told him he wasn't invited and the couple planned and budgeted for a certain number of guests.  He said, "it wouldn't be a big deal to pull up an extra chair and get an extra place setting".  He has also invited other people to events for which he was not the host.  That group of friends played on a volleyball team and often went out to eat after a game.  Another member of the team was getting people together at his house when clueless friend asked the waitress that nobody knew if she wanted to come to other member's house for a party without clearing it with the host.


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The full moon and the new moon have the same mass. You still have high and low tides on a new moon.

Wait, what?  They think the moon changes mass? they think the mass goes? And ... how does it come back?  How do these people understand the moon landing?  Like, we had to schedule it when enough of the moon was there?  I.... Just typing that made my head hurt.

They think the full moon has more gravity and that it effects kids behavior because the human body is 80% water. It comes from people saying that spring tides are caused by the full moon - but they are caused by the sun and moon  being in a line so their gravitational pull is combined rather than fighting each other.

One of my second graders came to me this year and said, "I know why people thought there were monsters when there was a full moon."

Me "Why"

Kid "There is more light, so people would say oh I can see ok I'm going walk to my friend's house after dark. Then they would get eaten by a regular wolf or cougar. But more people would get eaten on nights of a full moon because more people were outside because they could see more. They didn't have science yet so they made up a story to scare people to so they would stay inside on nights of a full moon.

He came up with this after a unit on folktales. We had made a list of the "good" character animals and the "bad" character animals. Then I asked them why people would have cast the animals in these good or bad character rolls. The kids had figured out that many of the "bad" animals are carnivores and top of the food chain predators  so could kill humans or their livestock.
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Speaking of farms and meat, if you eat chicken, you are not a vegetarian.


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That's brilliant. That's made my day, that has.
Thanks. I first came across this one as a child, well over 50 years ago. It's cracked me up, ever since.


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We have a sign in our employee's only restroom that says "Please Flush!"   :o

We have that one and a sign that reads, "Please don't brush your hair over the sink"  in one of the unisex bathrooms and, in the ladies' restroom, we have a sign telling the female employees to wrap up and dispose of sanitary products.  I look at my fellow female workers in horror sometimes as I wonder "Is it YOU"?


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My recent favorite was having to tell my sister, an otherwise intelligent woman, that even though my DD wanted her to beep her horn good bye to her as she dropped her off at school after an appointment, it was inappropriate because SCHOOL WAS IN SESSION!!  Why anyone would think that repeatedly honking your horn when you are parked right in front of classrooms is a good idea, I have no idea but I just about lost it when she said ok and went to do it!

I actually don't see what the big deal here is.  13 years of schooling was never once affected by the odd horn-beeping.


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Library questions from people who have definitely gotten at least through High School:

1) What do you mean, there were no battles of World War II fought right here in New England?  My daughter has to write about a battle that took place in New England and she wants to write it about something more recent that the revolution.

2) (Same woman after I explain that there is a reason that WW II and WWI were known as European wars) "Why?  Where's Europe?  I've never heard ot it."

3) Male patron, also doing his child's homework:  "Quick.  I need a book about the day the U.S. bombed Chernobyl!"

4) And the ever popular:  "I need a book for my son's homework project.  I need photographs of live dinosaurs."  I thought this was just us, but almost every library has a variation on this one, including the people who complain (And I had to field this one) "You have DVDs with video tape/film of John F. Kennedy giving his Inaugural Address/Richard Nixon's farewelladdress/Dwight Eisenhower's Campaign Speech/Martin Luther King's "I Haqve a Dream Speech", but you don't have ANY audio or visual copies of the films of George Washington's inauguration or Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.  What is WRONG with this library?"

Ever try explaining to someone who is older than you are that cameras were not around in the Jurrasic age and were still a new cool technology when Lincoln was speaking and videotape was but a dream?


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Oh, the library Situations.  The mind boggles. 

Teaching someone in University how to read a Table of Contents.

Teaching someone else in University how to write a citation for a bibliography.

The ancient Egyptians did not colonize North America.  The existence of Memphis, Tennessee is not proof. 

Hanibal did not take his elephants over the Alps to bring Islam to Spain.

The Nile flows from South to North. 

Ancient Egyptian women did not have beauty secrets that kept them looking like College Cheerleaders into old age.  (That one came from a woman's magazine and they were dead serious about it.)

The Classic questions:

Were the pyramids really built from the bottom up?

How do mummies manage to live and survive?

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After 20 years on the Ref desk I've been tempted to write a book titled, 'I'm Forever Bursting

Please do!


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I used to work in a fast food/grocery store. We sold bags of peanuts. They came by the box, one box with lots of bags. Clearly labeled on the box AND the bags:

"Warning: May Contain Traces of Peanuts"

No joke.


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I've been amazed at the number of people who think:
Africa is a country
Apartheid just meant it was separate from the US
Cuba is part of Mexico


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I had to enlighten a class mate (final year computer engineering student) what the initial IT meant on a job listing.


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There is also a Classic joke known as 'The Librarian's Nightmare'. 

It's a minor spoiler but readers should know that Massapequa is a town near New York on Long Island.

First patron...'I need some books on a food in Mesopotamia'.

Second patron...'My whole class has to do reports on food in Macedonia'.

Third Parton...'I need stuff on food in Massapequa'. 

Fourth patron.  'My kid's got soccer practice so I'm here to pick up some books for her.  She has to make a report on food in, well, Mesa or or Masa something.  You kinda got that before, I guess'.


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I had a roommate in college who asked me what the difference between a bull and a steer was.

Well, I guess I'm as clueless as your roommate.  I'd always thought that they were interchangeable names for male bovines.

A bull is intact. A steer is not

Thank you.  However, I stand my assertion that "any adult should know this" is not necessarily valid in this case.  Farm-people ought to realize that what is common-knowledge for rural people is not the same for more urban people.
It was the context of 'I've always wondered this'. Apparently in years of watching Westerns, she had become aware that there was a difference, but it had never occurred to her to open a dictionary and determine the difference for herself.
And yes, it may be knowledge that those of us who grew up around farming got at a younger age, but I've learned all sorts of information about city living. And it does amaze me the number of people who seem to believe that meat is manufactured in the butcher department of supermarkets.  There's more to know about how food arrives on your plate than the name of the chef. :)


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Count me in as being bovine-challenged. of course I was only 6 or so. One summer we went to WV on vacation and to county or maybe state fair. wandering through, looking at the livestock, and saw some, um, bulls which clearly were, given the size of their parts. Apparently I asked, very loudly, "Daddy, what's that between its legs?" cracking up a group of 4-H kids nearby. Hey, I grew up in the suburbs, and had no clue what they were.

And back to the topic at hand, on a cruise with my friend who is smart, but lacks common sense.  Came back to the cabin to find a charger with batteries in the one outlet, but oozing something. not wanting to start a fire, i unplugged it. later I said something to her, and it came out she was trying to recharge REGULAR allkeline batteries, not the rechargeable kind. she thought you could just recharge any.