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    Inquiring Minds: What's That Short For?

    BMX Riding Skills
    Every so often, Ramsey County Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions we receive for your reading enjoyment.   Got a question of your own? Just Ask A Librarian! Here are today's abbreviated questions: Q. What does the acronym BMX stand for? I know that it has to do with bikes, but what do the letters stand for? A. BMX stands for “bicycle moto-cross” and it refers to the sport of organized bicycle races on dirt tracks. The Library has a number of books on the sport. (Library sources.) Q. I have a wall plaque in my kitchen that reads “La natura è l’arte di Dio.” What does that mean? A. It means “Nature... Read More »

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    Inquiring Minds: Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is (in Arizona)?

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    Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's timely question: Q. What’s the difference in time between Minnesota and Arizona? A. Thanks to Arizona’s unique policy on the observation of Daylight Savings Time, this is not an easy question to answer. Alone among the states in the Lower Forty-Eight, Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. That means that during the cold months of the year, Arizona is one hour earlier than Minnesota. They’re on Mountain Standard Time and we’re on Central Standard Time. As soon as Daylight Savings Time... Read More »

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    Inquiring Minds - Living Single

    Marry Him
    Librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Got a question for us? Ask A Librarian! Here's today's solo question: Q. I know people don’t get married as young as they used to, but how many people never get married at all? What percentage of the population is single? A. The single life continues to be an increasingly popular lifestyle choice among Americans. According the U.S. Census, 44.1 percent of people over 18 were single in 2012. Sixty-two percent of those singles had never been married; another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed. We’ve seen an astonishing rise in the rate of people living alone.... Read More »

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    Inquiring Minds: O Holy ... Radishes?

    The World Encyclopedia of Christmas
    Q. Is it true that somewhere there is a festival where people compete to carve Nativity scenes made of radishes? A. It sounds unlikely, but it’s very true. Oaxaca, Mexico holds an annual Christmas event called the Noche del Rabano or Night of the Radish, which features artists’ carvings of giant local radishes in shapes suitable for the holiday market. The festival attracts visitors from all over Mexico and elsewhere. Although in recent years prizes have been offered for corn husk sculpture and dried flower arrangements, purists prefer the unmistakable red-and-white figurines representing the Holy Family, the Magi and the Virgin of Guadeloupe. And if you think a Nativity scene made of radishes could take some getting used to, you might reflect that the good folks of... Read More »

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