The library card catalog is an ancient system.
Remember back when you had to flip through drawer after drawer of cards, sorted by category, author, or title to figure out where on the shelf stacks the book you wanted might be, and then you had to run off to the stacks to find it?
Oh, the good old days of alphabetizing without a computer.
Do You Know Dewey?: Exploring the Dewey Decimal System
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Today’s world is full of nostalgia.
Everywhere you look, people are yearning for “the good old days”, such as when kids could play in the woods all day without supervision. When you could eat undercooked meat or seafood without a care in the world.
And when writers were writers. When books were, well, real BOOKS instead of this electronic crap.
Continue reading HOW ABOUT SOME OLD-TIMEY EROTIC LITERATURE?
Reading books will never be the same in today’s Internet age. Everybody wants things fast, fast and new, new.
But sometimes a book captures the world’s imagination, and everybody upon everybody feels the need to go out and buy it (or borrow it from the local library), curl up in a cozy sofa, and escape into a fantasy world.
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Not every office is as entertaining as others, but a job is only a job if you aren’t able to find some humor in it.
Some jobs lend themselves to storytelling more than others, and this is one story-filled website (and book!) that we’ve stumbled upon for your amusement.
4-Day Follies: A year in the life of an airplane pilot
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Inspirational quotes can be very motivating, self-empowering.
They can serve to drive you further in your career, help reset your personal vision, put you on the path to being better overall.
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It is summer, and summertime can only mean one thing: the dreaded SUMMER READING LIST.
Remember those? You would be given a list of super-boring books that you absolutely had to read over the carefree sunny days spread out before you, and everyone always did the exact same thing: everyone waited until two days before school was back in session for the Fall and rushed out to the store to buy the Cliffs Notes versions.
Smart kids would have purchased the Cliffs Notes earlier in the summer, while inventory levels were high. Pity the kids who rushed to the local bookstore only to find the dreaded SOLD OUT sign on the rack.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
(Case Studies in Critical Controversy)
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You’re a new parent.
You want to give your child an advantage in life by ensuring that they have a unique name. You want them to stand out from the masses a bit, no “Tom”, “Dick”, or “Harry” here for you.
But with every other enterprising parent also figuring out that they want the same thing for THEIR child, what are you to do?
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If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Old Country (Germany, Italy, France, etc), you’ll be amazed at how history surrounds you at every turn when you do finally make it over there.
Everywhere you look will be some ancient building or piece of art, forever preserved for the never-ending crowds of ooh-ing and aahh-ing tourists. Even just stepping out of the high-speed, modern train station in Venice is like stepping immediately into the 14th century (get to Venice while you can, before it sinks away into the sea forever – it’s worth the trip).
Continue reading THE 1800’S WERE A VULGAR, OBSCENE TIME IN HISTORY
The CDC claims that 1.7 million people become infected while at a hospital, but according to RID: The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, the actual number of infections at hospitals each year is much, much higher.
On average, a patient DIES AT A HOSPITAL due to a hospital-related infection every six minutes. RID says it’s at least 103,000 (preventable?) deaths a year, causing up to $30 billion in hospital costs.
It’s the fourth leading cause of death, with heart disease, cancer, and strokes taking the top three spots.
Continue reading HOSPITAL INFECTIONS KILL SOMEONE EVERY SIX MINUTES
Do you remember the FRACTURED FAIRY TALES segment on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show?
That’s where the show would tell slighty edited, oddball versions of classic stories – occasionally with a modern twist.
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Web Watch knows that not everybody is religious.
There are those people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter (“C&E’ers”). Some who only attend on High Holy Days.
There are people who attend Mass every Saturday night, if only because they have other things to do on Sundays.
Each person has their own religious beliefs, and everyone can practice their religion in the best manner for their personal spiritual well-being. And we’re okay with that.
Continue reading HOW OFTEN DO YOU READ THE BIBLE? APPARENTLY, NOT AS OFTEN AS YOU THINK
Ask pretty much anyone about their birthday, and we can be fairly certain that the person you’re asking will be able to tell you about any number of famous people who share birthdays on the same day.
“King Henry VIII!”
A lot of this will be printed in the paper, and the information doesn’t really change from year to year. Astrologers really have it easy, don’t they?
Continue reading WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH?
One of the better job interview questions you can ask to get to know the candidate a little better is “what was the last book you’ve read?”
Chances are, especially if the job candidate is a bit younger than average, they’ll be hard-pressed to come up with an answer as they’ve typically spent most of their waking hours online or texting their friends.
It tends to catch people off-guard as they struggle to remember any book that wasn’t required for class that they happened to read just for fun.
Continue reading THAT BOOK YOU’RE READING SAYS YOU’RE A TOTAL DOUCHE
Web Watch wouldn’t be able to cover as many websites as we do without being able to read quickly and comprehend what we’re poking our heads into.
Reading fast is one thing; knowing what we just read about is something else entirely.
But the question can come up as you outpace your friends and family in reading the BIG BANG THEORY VANITY CARDS before they’re off the screen as to exactly HOW FAST CAN YOU READ?
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Just file this under the category of “Why didn’t we think of this?”. There has to be a target market for this type of thing…
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