Inquiring Minds

Fri
10
Nov

Inquiring Minds: What’s the ‘@’ called?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. You know the “@” thing you use in your email address?  Does it have an official name?

Fri
03
Nov

Inquiring Minds: What is the origin of the word ‘machinations?’

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is the origin of the word “machinations”? Does it come from the name Machiavelli? Also, how do you pronounce it?

Tue
31
Oct

Inquiring Minds: What is the size of the pumpkin crop?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is the size of the pumpkin crop?

Fri
20
Oct

Inquiring Minds: ‘mene mene tekel upharsin’

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. People talk about seeing the “handwriting on the wall,” meaning that they recognized an obvious piece of information.  What is the origin of that expression?

Fri
13
Oct

Inquiring Minds: Most-frequently requested novels

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What are the top five fiction books checked out of the library recently?

Fri
06
Oct

Inquiring Minds: Opioid vs. gunshot, car crash deaths

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. Is it true that there are now more deaths in the United States from opioid overdoses than from gun violence and auto crashes combined?

Fri
29
Sep

Inquiring Minds: A fruit named kiwano

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What is a kiwano?

Fri
22
Sep

Inquiring Minds: How many Facebook friends?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. How many friends can I have on Facebook?

Tue
12
Sep

Inquiring Minds: Where to find history about your house

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. I live in Ramsey County. Can you recommend a good place to look for information on the history of my house?

Mon
11
Sep

Inquiring Minds: Jelly beans, a perfect treat

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. How long have jelly beans been manufactured?

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