Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Philistines 1, Common Sense 0

So, a parent recently complained to the Menifee Union School District (Riverside County, California) that his son/daughter had been able to read about oral sex in one of the elementary school library books. The school board has therefore ordered that all copies of the offending book be pulled from the shelves "for review."

The book in question is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

To their credit, a lot of people in Menifee are very angry about this.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cuteness Abounds!

Well, I'm gradually getting around to the last bit of the trophies series, but in the meantime I leave you with this rather odd but catchy song, in which the ukulele makes its De Koboldorum Rebus debut! The video includes diabetes-inducing amounts of cuteness (of several different varieties), before coming to a morbid and tragic conclusion. Anyway, enjoy.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's A Cold, Cold, World...

Well, last week was a busy one, what with the store full of people complaining about their missing textbooks and all. I kid; there actually weren't too many hassles. I did, however, discover a cultural artifact!

Many of our textbooks are actually second-hand, bought by the bookstore from wholesale book sellers. I was in the process of re-shelving one of these (it was a hardback copy of A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee, not that that's important), when I happened to flip open the front cover. Therein, I discovered a loving inscription that made it quite clear that the book had originally been given as a gift, and a Valentine's Day gift at that. The romanticist in me does not want to think too hard about how it got from "thoughtful gift for significant other" to "used wholesale textbook." Sigh.