Migratory birds in the U.S. were tagged by the Department of the Interior with metal
strips reading "Wash. Biol. Surv."--for Washington Biological Survey. The code
was changed, so the story goes, after a farmer from Arkansas wrote to the department:
"Dear Sirs, I shot one of your crows, My wife followed the cooking instructions
attached--she washed it, boiled it and served it. It was the worst thing we ever
A replacement hood for hair dryers comes with this printed message (quoted here in its
entirety): "Instructions for attaching the hair dryer hood--just clamp, plug, push,
squeeze, or turn."
Bits & Pieces.
A brochure put out several years ago by the Durham, N.C., County Public Library
explained the use of the card catalogue, acknowledging that this can be mystifying at
times. The brochure told of one patron who, upon reading "See Main Entry" on a
catalogue card, went out to the front steps of the library.
Durham, N.C. Herald.