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The Amazing Artemis

If you look at what librarians studied in college, quite a few majored in English and literature. My unofficial theory is that English majors log a ton of library hours and gain research expertise while combing through literary criticism and reference sources.

What Do You Call This Drink?

For nearly twenty years, my sisters and I had an ongoing argument with our 3-states-away cousins about what to call the beverage in this photo. "Tonic" the cousins would say, with an "O" sound that I still can't mimic. "Duh, it's soda," my sisters and I would retort. And then we found out that in many other states we were all wrong.

I Remember You

The Ramones in concertThe last Bruddah has died. Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, was arguably the brains behind one of the most influential bands in rock n' roll. He played drums on their first three albums, produced several others, and shaped the "stoopid" outcasts from Queens into a cultural force that spawned punk rock and put CBGB's on the map.

The Wild World of Statistics

Oh, statistics! Just say the word and folks start to yawn, their eyes glaze over. But there are some fascinating stories hidden inside those numbers. Did you know that ice cream consumption has decreased since 1980? An average American ate 16.4 pounds in that year, but only ate 13.3 lbs. in 2010. The rate of cheese eating, however, has nearly doubled, from 17.2 pounds in 1980 to 33.2 lbs. in 2010. While I adore cheese, it makes me sad that ice cream is falling in popularity.


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