A cache of such questions, neatly catalogued on cards, is now being published by the New York Public Library. They range from the quirky, “What does it mean when you dream you’re being chased by an elephant?” to the puzzling, “Why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so that they wouldn’t bite the painter?” to the stuff of Mommy and Me blogs, “Where can I find something on the comical aspects of pregnancy?”
But perhaps my favorite is in the form of an exchange:
“Could you tell me the thickness of a US Postage Stamp with the glue on it?”
“Sorry we couldn’t tell you that quickly, why don’t you try the post office.”
“This is the post office.”
And why the post office needed to know that will remain one of life’s mysteries.