Tuesday, June 20, 2006

What country had the first license plates? What is the life cycle of an eyebrow hair? What is arachibutyrophobia? How does a person get out of quicksand?

For years, a small band of researchers at the New York Public Library has been tackling questions from young and old, the clueless and the haughty, the vexed and the unvexed, reducing life's infinite jumble to an answer, more or less.

Today, despite the Internet, the eight women and two men of what is known as the telephone reference service are still at it. Every day, except Sundays and holidays, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., anyone, of any age, from anywhere can telephone (212) 340-0849 and ask most any question.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/19/nyregion/19answer.html?ex=1308369600&en=06a00c2b21cf065a&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

P.S. The answers are in the comments.




2 comments:

  1. ANSWERS: France; 150 days; fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth; don't thrash, ease to the surface, float.

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  2. I KNEW THE ONE FOR QUICKSAND. IV'E BEEN THERE. BUT THE ONE FOR EYEBROWS??? I'M OLD NOW AND I DON'T LET THEM LIVE THAT LONG ANYMORE HA!!! AND THANK GOODNESS I DON'T EAT PEANUT BUTTER. WRONG WITH FRANCE. I THOUGHT THE GOOD 'OL USA. PATTY !!!!!!!!

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