These Old Questions Will Make You Even More Thankful That The Internet Exists

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Believe it or not, there was a time before we all had quick and easy access to any piece of information we could ever wish to know. If you”re skeptical of that, go ahead and Google it. Before we could privately (to some extent) type our queries into a search engine, people would have to go to the library to do research. (Remember those?) Some people, however, simply didn”t have time for research, so they”d ask librarians to find out for them. Here are some of the more interesting questions that were posed to the New York Public Library.

Perhaps this is a question for an Indian library?

Perhaps this is a question for an Indian library?

Anyone who read a book on 18th century squirrel bites could easily tell you the answer to that.

Anyone who read a book on 18th century squirrel bites could easily tell you the answer to that.

So people did humblebrag before Twitter became a thing…

So people did humblebrag before Twitter became a thing...

I would have embarrassed myself in front of so many sailors back then.

I would have embarrassed myself in front of so many sailors back then.

Well, it”s not brooms, I can tell you that.

Well, it

In those days, you”d have to go door-to-door and count.

In those days, you

At least they were smart enough not to ask their wife this question.

At least they were smart enough not to ask their wife this question.

Unbelieva Bull.

Unbelieva Bull.

He had a mustache, is that what you mean?

He had a mustache, is that what you mean?

Keep an eye out for a guy named Craig. Maybe he can put it on his list.

Keep an eye out for a guy named Craig. Maybe he can put it on his list.

It”s not that kind of an adult section.

It

That”s more of a question for the folks at St. Patrick”s Cathedral.

That

I think it might require 2 people.

I think it might require 2 people.

Quite a few, actually.

Quite a few, actually.

I”ll ask the man upstairs. The supervisor”s office is on the second floor.

I

The DDT should do it.

The DDT should do it.

(via NYPL, Mental_Floss)

Thankfully, we now have the Internet to clear things up and can ask all of the stupid questions we want in private. Now, back to Googling which of my Christmas gifts are edible.

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