There's this woman who comes into the library every day and asks very unusual questions. (That's all I will say about her other than the fact that she's a very nice lady who seems to have run into some bad luck over the years.) What I love about my job is that I am pretty much required to treat all questions the same, no matter how unusual or what the subject matter. After all, at the reference desk, there's no such thing as a stupid question. Right?
So here's my favorite "unusual" reference transaction of the week so far (starring the aforementioned lady):
Her: "I need to know what Nostradamus predicted for December 21st. Something's going to happen."
Me: "Something's going to happen?"
Her: "Yes. God has something in mind for us."
Me: "Ok...kay. Well, I found this information..." (I explain to her what Nostradamus allegedly predicted.)
Her: "So there's nothing about a comet?"
Me: "I'd have to do some more research to be sure, but I don't see anything in this about a comet."
Her: "So you don't know if there would be people in that comet?"
Me: "I'm sorry?"
Her: "People. Landing from space".
Me: "...In the comet."
Me: "That's probably not something you need to worry about."
Like I said, there's no such thing as a stupid question. But there ARE unusual questions, and quite honestly, I am thankful for them.