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There is no such thing as a stupid question – except at the library!


In early February, Virgin Airlines published various funny questions asked by travellers during flights, noted down by the flight crew. The passengers’ queries included, for example, whether they could open their window, if the crew could turn down the noise from the engine, if the captain could stop the turbulence and if the flight attendant could show the location of the shower in the airplane.

Now, similar questions by library visitors have been published. The Laugh Break website lists questions asked by American and Canadian library customers, including the following out-of-place questions:

  • “Do you have books here?”
  • “I am looking for a list of laws that I can break that would send me back to jail for a couple of months.”
  • “Is the basement upstairs?”
  • “Do you have that book by Rushdie: ‘Satanic Nurses’?” (with the actual title being Satanic Verses)
  • “Where is the information desk?”
  • “Which power outlets in the library are appropriate for my hair dryer?”
  • “Do you have any books with photographs of dinosaurs?”
  • “I need a colour photograph of Moses.”
  • “I am looking for information on carpal tunnel syndrome. I think I am having trouble with it in my neck.”
  • “Do you have a list of all books I have ever read?”


This makes you wonder, what could be the funny, yet quite plausible, questions asked by Central Library customers in 2017?
Perhaps something like these:

  • “Where is the dressing room so that I can change into my sports gear for a hike around Töölönlahti?”
  • “Which film is on tonight?”
  • “Can I pick up my reservations at 3 am?”
  • “Do you carry Shiraz Red?”
  • “Excuse me, could you point me towards Moomin Valley?”
  • “Where can I make a table reservation?”
  • “Can I sing here tomorrow as well?”


Photo: Enokson (Flickr)


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