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Weird & Funny Queries From When Librarians Were Google

Do you ever wonder what people did before they could look to the internet for the answers to all their bizarre and potentially embarrassing questions? There was no Google search. There was no Yahoo! Answers to turn to when you thought you might be pregnant. There were no strangers on Quora, ready to answer all your cringey relationship questions. Many of the answers to citizens burning questions were probably not in the encyclopedia, farmer's almanac, or an atlas. Instead, these queries could possibly be satisfied with a time-consuming visit to the library. But usually, at least in the era of telephones, information-hungry individuals would simply call the closes thing they had to an oracle: their local librarian. 

As internet-savvy millennials, it's embarrassing to admit that we can't remember the last time we actually set foot in a physical library. Gone are the days of needing to borrow the computer to do research for school, or sneak some time on Neopets or Livejournal. And while the pandemic is definitely preventing some people from getting their book-borrowing on, library usership was already experiencing a very steady decline. According to data from the IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services), people in the United States only visit a library 4.1 times a year. Even more sobering? Physical library visits declined by 3% each year from 2012 to 2019. It's starting to feel like libraries, despite their transition to a virtual existence, are sadly becoming obsolete. 

If you rewind as far back as the 1940's, libraries played a much consistently important role in the lives of Americans. And as we mentioned earlier, librarians were the go-to people for questions that people couldn't easily answer. We're sure that current librarians are happy to be free of this pressure. While the Internet has definitely helped ease the responsibility of library workers, their jobs, thanks to some intel from the New York Public Library, have become a lot less hilarious. A few years back, the New York institution began publishing all the crazy questions on Twitter with the hashtag #letmelibrarianthereforyou. The queries are painstakingly transcribed on index cards (remember those?) both by hand and with the assistance of a typewriter. While some of the topics are wholesome and kind of seem like they're asked by an inquisitive five year old, many are hilariously unhinged - just like the questions you might find on the aforementioned Yahoo! Answers. This gallery boasts some of the best and craziest questions, but you can find a whole lot more if you follow this link or search the hashtag yourself. We think you'll come out of it with a newfound respect for those who work in library sciences. 

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23 Reasons Why Connecting All Things To The Internet Is Cursed

Ever look around and get the sense that we're living in some sort of techno-dystopia? We get it—sometimes it's cool to have lights that you can dim from your phone or a watch that tells you how many calories you burned, but maybe the 'Internet of Things' has gone too damn far. Once you start connecting every single object in your home to the internet, you become pretty vulnerable when, say, Google is suddenly down, or your WiFi router malfunctions. Sometimes a doorbell should just be a doorbell and a toothbrush certainly shouldn't require regular firmware updates. And who the hell actually wants an Amazon surveillance robot literally flying around their house 24/7?

Anyway, we've got a bunch of examples of bad 'smart devices' from Twitter that might make you reconsider that bluetooth coffee mug purchase. 

cursed, internet, internet of things, smart car, smart devices, amazon, dystopia, technology, creepy, funny tweets, twitter, facebook, google, robots, artificial intelligence, fail | Casey Neistat i forgot the login credentials for my robot vacuum WHAT A COMPLETELY INSANE THING TO SAY | Jaap Stronks @jaapstronks So you cannot ring my DOOR BELL because someone changed it into a British HOTEL BOOKING WEBSITE
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Google Crash Causes Temporary Panic On Twitter

This morning Google was temporarily down all over the world causing widespread panic and concern as people tried to check work emails and join Monday morning meetings on Google Meet. The masses unsurprisingly took to Twitter, many joking and memeing about the absurdity of trying to google why Google was down, while others embraced the crash as a welcomed break from work or school duties. Although the crash only lasted under an hour, the instant reaction on social media is indicative of how much the world depends on communication tools like Gmail, especially in a time where millions are still working from home. Maybe a sign that we should diversify a bit?

We've collected some of the most amusing tweets from the meltdown on Twitter. 

google down, #googledown, gmail down, youtube down, gmail, google, twitter, funny tweets, trending, twitter memes, memes, google crash, crash, technology, tech, technical difficulties | Arnab :) @_l am batman #googledown Me Googling why Google is not working Google Disappointed Cricket Fan | is google working The server encountered an error and could not complete your request.
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Unsettling Twitter Thread Illustrates Just How Much Info Big Tech Companies Own About Us

We're all aware that big tech corporations store an insane amount of information about us, but it's probably safe to say that most of us weren't aware of the sheer vastness of it all (think literal millions of pages per person). Dylan Curran, Director of Technology at VFT Solutions, took it upon himself to investigate the amount of information that Google and Facebook have about him, and let's just say...what he found is unsettling to say the least.

Creepy Twitter thread about how much information Google and Facebook store about you | Dylan Curran @iamdylancurran Want freak yourself out? Il'm gonna show just much information likes Facebook and Google store about without even realising 8:27 PM Mar 24, 2018 64,587 Retweets 93,987 Likes
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Stupid Dank Memes About When Stuff Was Invented

Like with the inception of most dank memes, you might find yourself wondering, wtf. Well, good thing you have us here to describe how the strangest memes became popular; this particular meme, entitled "When Was Calcium Invented?" got its start in October when someone posted a meme to Reddit showing that someone had Googled when calcium was invented (1808, as it turns out). From there on out, dank memers have taken it upon themselves to show what life was like before the inventions of various things. All in sarcastic nature, of course.

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'Google Page Two' Memes From The Strangest Depths Of The Internet

This dank meme, entitled 'Google Page Two,' is proof that memers really will meme anything. It's meant to poke fun at some of the bizarre things you might find when you're forced to click on page 2 of Google search. Nothing good ever comes from the second page, so why even bother.

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Funny Pics With Just A Dash Of Spice (23 Memes)

This hustle-happy society is starting to wear us down. Sure, it's not healthy to spend your entire day looking at memes. But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It's perfectly AOK to take a break from slaving away to peruse some funny memes. And we're more than happy to provide you with 'em. 

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Quality Memes That Won't Leave You Bored (25 Images)

Y'all deserve a serious pat on the back for making it through Terrible Tuesday. Or perhaps a Popeyes chicken sandwich, since that's what everyone is talking about. Whether you decide to indulge in fast food or physical rewards, these memes will make low-calorie way of lifting your mood after a boring day or even one that feels as though it were spawned in hell

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Tattoo Artist Gets Exposed For Blatantly Stealing Designs From Google

When you get caught in a glaringly obvious web of lies, the best policy is generally to just own up to it. Nobody's falling for your BS anyway so it's probably best to not make yourself look even more stupid.

This "tattoo artist" blatantly stole a bunch of their designs from other artists off of Google and then continued to play dumb after being called out.

And the worst part? The copied art is definitely not as good as the original!

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'Okay, Get In' Memes Are A Funny Riff On Our Impending Doom

We know there's no shortage of Spongebob memes on the internet, but we think this format is pretty damn important. This image of Spongebob and Patrick motioning for you to get in a casket works for most horrifying situations, whether you've accidentally ignored your mother or challenged John Wick to a duel. But if you're looking for something a little less morbid, these hilarious Spongebob memes of yore will more than satisfy your cravings.

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Google's Thanos Easter Egg Is Major Spoiler-Free Fun

Avengers: Endgame is finally here, and the whole damn internet is either celebrating or dodging spoilers left and right. Today we discovered it's possible to do both. Google Search is playing into Marvel-mania with a very entertaining Thanos easter egg. All you need to do is google the purple villain and then click on the cartoon icon of his powerful gauntlet. What comes next is completely devoid of spoilers and a fun treat for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 


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