Our friends at Dose.com found out about this all-knowing answering service you can call at the New York Public Library-- a kind of human search engine. And get this: it’s been around since the 1960s!
It was originally started to help people out with basic library questions, but has turned into a way for some people to get the facts they want. When you call, a librarian or assistant will go old school—using books and other library resources to answer your question the best they can. People have been asking the New York Public Library questions long before the 60s, either in person or over the phone. They’ve even kept track of some of their favorites:
“How many neurotic people in the us?” - Dec. 30,1946
“What does it mean when you dream you’re being chased by an elephant?” - May 27, 1947
“What’s the nutritional value of human flesh?” - 1958
Call 917 ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975)
You can also head over their website and chat, text or email with an information assistant. Maybe you can use them to double check all the fake news out there!