Submitter: “Billy, the Condominium Cat” – what could go wrong?
Holly: This is a children’s book, so hopefully they won’t catch the joke because they won’t know what a condom is. On the other hand, they might think that’s really the title and go around asking people what a condom is.
Disclaimer: the submitter was my husband. He has the sense of humor of a 12-year-old. So do I, if I’m being honest. I find this title funny too, taken out of context of model railroading, of course. <Wink!>
Yes, it’s fine for a public library. Even old model railroading books have a place in public libraries, assuming patrons still have old model railroads. I’d hope libraries buy new books on this topic too, but the old ones still seem to circulate. Of course, I don’t know a thing about model railroading, so all you hobbyists should speak up. Is this still useful? And what, exactly is a “ho gauge?” <Googling…>
Last thought: Why do libraries leave price tags on books added to the collection? It’s just tacky. Get some Goo Gone and scrape them off. This isn’t a used book store.
I am a mathematician
Submitter: I didn’t weed this book but I found it in the recycling bin, so clearly someone found it less than relevant for our small academic library. I’m sure this book has value, but I found the name Norbert Weiner, the title, and the front image to be hilarious. It’s so enthusiastic, and I’m trying to imagine if a similar book could be published today. It’s amusing, but back in the recycling bin it will go – we don’t specialize in mathematics here.
Holly: Poor Mr. Wiener. He was (is?) probably a brilliant man. And yet…
Mary: Here is the Wikipedia on Norbert Wiener so we can educate ourselves while we giggle at all of this.
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