Inquiring Minds

Sun
17
Jan

Inquiring minds: ‘Auld Lang Syne’ translation

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. We all sang ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on New Year’s Eve, but most of us have no idea what those words actually mean.  Can you provide a translation?

 

Sun
10
Jan

Inquiring minds: Where did the word ‘gringo’ come from?

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 roots of the Spanish word “gringo?”  Does it come from an American song?

 

Tue
22
Dec

Inquiring minds: Buckwheat is not wheat

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 buckwheat gluten-free?
 

Sun
13
Dec

Inquiring minds: What does the Twelve Days of Christmas really mean?

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. Everybody talks about the Twelve Days of Christmas, but when do they begin and end?
 

Sun
06
Dec

Inquiring minds: Where are the Prairie Spy apples

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. Whatever happened to Prairie Spy apples? They were so good, and I can hardly find them anymore.

Wed
02
Dec

Inquiring minds: Finding the Bohemian Flats

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. Where were the Bohemian Flats?

Tue
01
Dec

Inquiring minds: Are 3D printers available?

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. Does the Library have 3D printers available for public use?

Sun
15
Nov

Inquiring minds: Where's the Turkey?

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. Every summer in my neighborhood, we have a flock of wild turkeys wandering around.  There’s a mother and several babies who get progressively bigger and bigger as the months go on.  Then, around this time of year, they disappear, but next spring I see the mother again with a new batch of babies. My question is: what happens to the flock each fall?  Are they ending up on someone’s Thanksgiving menu?
 

Mon
02
Nov

Inquiring minds: Blame it on Romans and calendar reform

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. If “octo” is Latin for “eight” and “novem” is Latin for “nine”, how come October and November are the tenth and eleventh months of the year?

Wed
28
Oct

Inquiring minds: No exorcism at the Library

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. Do you have exorcism classes at the Library?

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