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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Confirmed: Librarians are Super

posted by on July 18 at 13:50 PM

Christopher’s experience with Seattle’s information elite has been on my mind all week. See, my librarian friend Jared began volunteering as an online reference librarian on Sunday. He’s been over every night since, solving problems on my living room floor.

Here’s a sample:

i have noticed alot of asian girls who date white men, but not alot of asian men who date white girls. what’s the deal? Any statistics about how often white women date or marry asian men, and maybe some tips for an asian guy who wants to date a white girl? thank you


I need help in finding a school that will teach paranormal psychology. I am wondering if you know of any school in Oregon that has this certain type of class.

Immediately followed by this (coincidence???):

There seems to be a ranch house in Texas that is plagued by frightening poltergeist activity. At night, ear-shattering blows seem to emit from inside the walls. Thunderous booms accompanied by loud and prominent footsteps echoing from the hall terrify all who choose to spend the night there. Light fixtures shake and rattle, chairs and tables are heard to fly by themselves and shatter against walls and floors.

An entity terrified the owners and guests by whispering their names among other things
When this unknown entity chose to make it’s presence known, the room, or rooms, would grow “Ice Cold”. The poltergeist activity was vicious and violent, but no one was ever harmed in any way - at least not physically. Eventually, the owners called a noted parapsychologist to investigate the haunted house in an effort to comfort the curious.

Their equipment recorded the same ear splitting blows to the walls, etc.
Anyway, this noted ‘expert’ on poltergeist hauntings attributed EVERYTHING to something called, ‘The Palchi Effect’. He stated that this happens when water runs through, or squeezes through layers of limestone underground. Now- I’ve heard some lame explanations for hauntings before, but this one beats them all. Any information on this ‘science’? Help me out.

Jared answered all but the last (which he deemed unsolvable, and agreed with the questioner that the “doctor” was obviously the type prone to inventing science and recycling his feces) while sitting on my living room floor in short-shorts, snacking on Twizzlers, and watching Steven Segal movies.

So there you are, Christopher. A glimpse of the Other Side.
(Librarians I love you.)

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Somehow I feel that it is wrong to post these questions.

Yeah, he's great, wow.

But some asian guy who is worried about his ladies getting snatched up by white guys might not have wanted that posted.

Is this supposed librarian allowed to release such things?

Posted by fun shaped | July 18, 2007 2:07 PM

Living in Hawaii, I see lots of white men/asian women couples, and very few asian men/white women couples. I have some ideas as to why this is:

Asian women are raised to be docile and adoring. Many men like a subservient woman. Asian men are raised to be domineering towards women, so white women who are raised to be outspoken and assertive are a real turn off.

I wait tables, and nothing irks me more than the 60-ish, fat and bald white guy with the 20-ish thin, pretty and adoring asian woman. He orders for her and decides when she's done her food (once, I asked the table if they were finished with their food; she said yes and started to hand me the plate; he said no and she took it back and promptly started eating).

Also annoying is that in many asian households, the men are king, to the point where I see little boys telling their moms what to do.

Just goes to show, every culture has both beauty and bullshit.

Posted by Dianna | July 18, 2007 2:19 PM

Interesting points, Dianna.

Posted by fun shaped | July 18, 2007 2:25 PM

Have you hugged a librarian today? (You should probably ask permission first though.)

Posted by Sylvie | July 18, 2007 2:28 PM

@1, the person who asked the question is still totally anonymous. I really don't see any problem with this post at all.

Posted by craig | July 18, 2007 2:29 PM

@5 - I believe that it is anonymous. I'm just being alarmist.

Posted by fun shaped | July 18, 2007 2:55 PM

Can we read Jared's response to the Asian chicks query?

Posted by Gloria | July 18, 2007 3:24 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | July 18, 2007 3:30 PM

Peltier effect.

From the Journal of Parapsychology:

There were two sites where sudden drops of temperature were reported. This may have resulted from a voltage increase between two dielectric plates, for example, slabs of limestone below the site that are separated by a thermoelectric material. This process, known as the Peltier effect, is associated with increased heat below ground.

Posted by MvB | July 18, 2007 5:24 PM

Diana, as a white girl dating an Asian guy, I'd have to say that's a generalization of a WIDE variety of people under the umbrella "asian" (East Indian? Chinese? Korean? Philipino? Thai?). I know plenty of inter-racial couples, and from my experience all you need to do to date a girl of any "race" is have a lot of confidence and a little luck.

Also, from the MANY Asian mothers I have met, none of them seem the type to be cowed by a badly behaved child.

As for us, we are roughly the same age and he is very much a new age guy. He is also a Nurse. So there you go, breaking stereotypes is fun!

Posted by Cinders | July 18, 2007 7:56 PM

i've seen them referred to as " ley lines", and sites located on the ground above intersecting ley lines are prone to paranormal activity--or so i've's just underground streams.

Posted by ellarosa | July 19, 2007 12:00 AM

I was raised to be docile and adoring? My boyfriend is going to be extremely surprised to hear that.

Posted by Gloria | July 19, 2007 10:13 AM

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