Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Access to books/breathable air: the choice is yours

A large number of the books I use live in the basement of one of the campus libraries. I spend a lot of time down there.

For some reason this sign, posted on the wall of said basement, always makes me slightly nervous.


(Note the date at the bottom. They aren't working very hard, are they?)

15 Comments:

Publius said...

You should call the health department. I think that's probably illegal.

shrinkykitten said...

I think you should draw a picture of a little person trying desperately to breathe and dying on it! :)

jo(e) said...

Wow, that's creepy.

turtlebella said...

Um, this is quite disturbing...seeing as I can easily imagine being in the stacks for more than 2 hours! This can't be legal (at least not in the US, someone would surely have sued by now!!!).

Rebecca said...

I'd at least ask someone about it. I guess it's always possible that the problem got fixed and they just forgot to take down the sign. It's probably more likely, though, that the problem has been forgotten along with the sign. I can't believe no one has said anything in all this time. So, maybe you should.

betty said...

that's a funny sign (but it would make me feel nervous too). i wonder if something nasty DID happen (in 2002) to cause the sign to be posted in the first place?

Twirly said...

I think you need to point them toward the research of Dr. Richard Corsi or Dr. William Nazaroff on Indoor Air Quality or everryone in Denmark (the leaders in Indoor Air research)...

StyleyGeek said...

I wonder if Betty is right?

In any case, it's funny that none of you would put up with it. Everyone I know just shrugs it off and comes up for air on a regular basis.

Maybe Australians are too passive :)

Morton T Fogg said...

Jeesh, StyleyGeek, I think you're stalking me. Not two days ago I was down in that library, saw that sign, laughed out loud and took a picture of it myself. First Snigma, now Hancock Poison Air!

kermitthefrog said...

Maybe it's like marathoners training at high elevations. With the low oxygen levels in the basement, you're all the smarter when you emerge into normal air.

StyleyGeek said...

Yeah. I'm such a stalker :)

Jana said...

Many of the books I needed were in the basement and covered with dust. I used to sneeze a lot.

One thing I've been wanting to ask: do you carry your camera with you everywhere you go?

StyleyGeek said...

I do now.

Ever since the time when I was standing in the park and a flock of several hundred galahs (them with the pink under their wings) flew straight at and over me just above head height.

It would have made an awesome photo, and I saw them coming far enough away that I could have pulled out my camera if I had had it.

What I don't always carry are spare batteries. This foiled me today, as I had a post all planned.

Grace said...

I like Kermit's idea about the low-oxygen training!
Libraries are dangerous places. I sprained my ankle in my local library 2 weeks ago! (it's split-level, for no earthly reason, and the split is inconspicuous from above). I never sprained anything *ever* playing softball, or netball, or tennis, or squash, or Latin dancing, or ice-skating, or rock-hopping...but reading proved injurious.

Weekend_Viking said...

Carry a yellow canary. when the canary falls unconscious, leave the basement. I also recommend use of the patent Davies Miners Safety Lamp.