Perhaps I am the only one who gets a chuckle from these things. Maybe my brain is wired to be incredibly easily amused. Or could it be that all the years of cropping and OCR’ing hard copy scans has warped my mind? Whatever the case, here are some more handpicked highlights from actual orders we’ve received over the past few months, for part 4 of this lighthearted blog series.
–“During CPR, push hard and fast and please do not stop!” Resuscitation; 82(12) 2011 Dec:1475-6, Yannopoulos D, Halperin HR.
No reading of the article necessary—the title says it all! Message received, loud and clear. Talk about a life saver.
—The Journal of Applied Rabbit Research.
Because, I have a lot of questions about rabbits…. Like that expression (“rabbit, rabbit”) that you’re supposed to say on the first of each month, for good luck—where did that come from? Can rabbits be trained like dogs? How much meat does a hunter actually get from those little furry things? And how did the Easter bunny get dragged into this?
—Textbook of Pain, 3rd ed.
It sounds like something from a book-smart bully’s insult repertoire… As Billy the Bully, a menacing 5th grader, wails on an innocent 2st grader, he poses, “Which entry from the Textbook of Pain do you want? Black Eye, Broken Bones, or Supreme Wedgie?”
–“Anti-stress and antidepressant effects of fragrances and autonomic nervous system” Komori , 2008. Aroma Research 9(3):202-207.
Smell is oh so powerful! It can transport you right back into a memory from decades ago… so imagine the potential to be unleashed if you use smells the right way. Thankfully, Aroma Research: Journal of Aroma Science and Technology has been on the case since 2000; and the client who ordered this document probably learned some invaluable stress-relieving aromatherapy tips and had a wonderful day after reading the article.
–“Notes on a warty growth on the head of some land snails.” Journal of Science of the Hiroshima University Series B. Division 1, Zoology; 3, 1935:159-183, Taki, I.
What a riveting read! Especially the part about experimenting with castration to see if that affected the warty growths. In all seriousness, it was surprisingly interesting—I can see why the author felt compelled to study this irregularity among snails common in Kyoto.
–Somebody ordered an article from the periodical, Bat Research News, on Halloween weekend! It was the one and only time we’ve seen a request for that journal.
Please keep sending me these oddly specific, somehow amusing highlights of my days!
-Melissa Freeman, Director of Delivery