just for fun: December 2008 Archives

Happy Holidays

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christmas.gifAll of us at OWLS wish all of you a very happy holiday season! 

Enjoy a little treat from George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud, and listen to their latest podcast: A Library Carol. It's pretty entertaining!

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Year in review

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As the New Year approaches, it's always fun to take a look at the year that has passed. Time has done a great job of this with The Top 10 Everything of 2008. Explore categories like: News & Science; Business, Tech & Sports; Pop Culture. Because it was an election year, there are some interesting lists for Top 10 Campaign Gaffes, Top 10 Campaign Video Moments, Top 10 Editorial Cartoons, and Top 10 Election Photos.

And if you disagree with Time's picks, you can submit your own top 10 lists.

> contributed by Beth

Test your spelling skills

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Try out BusinessWriting.com's quiz on "The 25 Most Commonly Misspelled Words" and see how you do. My 68% was pretty disappointing, since I consider myself a pretty good speller (grammar, well, that's another thing...). Give it a go, and if you're willing, post your results in the comments.

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Holiday Numbers

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christmas.gifAs a reference librarian, when I think of Christmas my mind inevitably turns to the U.S. Census Bureau. Their take on the the season includes such tidbits as:

$593.8 million
The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and August 2008. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($66.2 million worth) during the same period.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www/>

For more yuletide number crunching turn to The 2008 Holiday Season.

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