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Today’s item is dedicated to the memory of Norbert Pearlroth, head researcher for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, who sat in the same spot in the research room at the New York Public Library for 52 years - just about every day.

Thank you Robin Finn, who wrote the terrific column Secrets of the Stacks last week for The New York Times. I adore pieces like this one where you learn bizarre and quirky facts about such a place. There’s Norbert of course. And also The Cabinet of Curiosities, which apparently contains the cane that Virginia Woolf left behind on the riverbank before committing suicide - and the original Winnie The Pooh. And the fact that the library contains a collection of 40,000 restaurant menus dating back to the 1850’s. Read the article for other interesting tidbits.

And that’s my Way Cool Item of the Day.

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