I've researched many things, even a few odd subjects back when I worked at the Davis Public Library, but today this latest research request takes the cake. One patron called in and requested a search on "serial killer". He is interested in this not-so-retro term, but what a serial killer was referred to in the 1900s. The first thing that came to my mind was Jack the Ripper. Turns out, he, too, is referred to as a "serial killer"---retrospectively. We move on to other angles....
Hope this patron is writing a book or a poem, and not a nut.
Other library news:
Lots of people are checking out information on blueprints: how to turn a plan into blueprints, blueprints and development, how to price blueprints, bids on...etc.etc. I asked one lady why the trend? She said because Barak Obama promises to create more jobs in this field and she wants to be on top of the game, understand the language of what 'they' will talk about.
Funniest requested item is a book by Mark Levner titled: Why Do Men Have Nipples?
Cool stuff huh?