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Have you ever used a bad product?

Have you ever used a bad product? Not just a cheap or cheesy item, but one that’s actually dangerous?

If so, THIS is where you can go to let everyone know there’s a problem! SAFERPRODUCTS.GOV will take your information, and actually check it out!

They’ll put your report up, so other people can read about it!



Here’s what you’ll need you submit a report:

  1. What is it?
  2. Who made it?
  3. What happened? (What went wrong?)
  4. When did it happen?
  5. Who are you? (for example, are you a nurse and know this is a bad thing?)
  6. How can we contact you?
  7. Can we put your report up?
  8. And, do you promise all this is really true?

Brain Teaser – Christmas

This week’s brainteaser is about things connected with Christmas. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online, a great reference resource from your Library!

1. The three gifts that the Wise Men brought to the infant Jesus were traditionally gold, frankincense, and what else?

2. What is the date of the first day of the Twelve Days of Christmas?

3. When drilling for oil or gas, what is a Christmas tree?

4. What phrase is used for a late-night church service on Christmas Eve?

5. In Charles Dickens’s novel “A Christmas Carol”, what was the name of Tiny Tim’s father?

6. A yule log is a large log which used to be put on the hearth as the foundation for the fire – on which day?

7. In which book by Louisa May Alcott did someone say “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”?

8. What is the English title of the Christmas carol which is “Adeste Fideles” in Latin?

9. In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…”), what total of gifts was given over the whole twelve days: 78, 280, or 364?

10. According to Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”, Father Christmas had eight reindeer. Can you name six of them?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

Brain Teaser – Enthusiasts

This brainteaser is about people who are enthusiastic about studying something or collecting things. Need help? Try Credo Reference Online.

1. What does a discophile collect and study?

2. What does a philatelist study and collect?

3. A zoologist is someone concerned with the scientific study of what?

4. What does a bibliophile love or collect?

5. “Twitcher” is an informal name for what kind of person (not someone who twitches)?

6. Is anthropology the scientific study of animals, human beings or apes?

7. Paleontology is the study of what?

8. What does a lepidopterist study or collect?

9. A numismatist is a person who studies or collects what?

10. Deltiology is the hobby of collecting and studying what?

How did you do?0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (

The New York Times Celebrates 160 Years!

September 18 marks the 160th anniversary of The New York Times. The daily newspaper has earned 106 Pulitzer Prizes and continues to report “All the News That’s Fit to Print.” For a look at the history of the rise of The New York Times, use International Directory of Company Histories. The story begins in 1896, when Adolph Ochs bought the struggling paper and redefined journalism with a new style of reporting. Read the first issue of the paper – September 1, 1851.

To read New York Times articles from the past use the historical New York Times 1851 – 2007 library resource.