Stack Dare

30 May

I’m sure this has been invented before, but I thought we should make it an official sport.

It goes like this – 1) look through OLIS to find a book that’s in the stack which is very obviously not intellectual, and preferably embarassing to go and pick up. e.g. Jimbo’s fine example of "The Hardy Boys Adventure Puzzle Book".

2) Request this book to be sent to the upper reading room of the Rad Cam.

3) Collect the book from the librarian, and sit in the Rad Cam reading it for at least 20 minutes.

4) Keep the piece of paper as proof of completion of the task.

Yeah… this is how geeks get kicks. What fun :o)

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6 Responses to “Stack Dare”

  1. AlmostReadytoFly 30/05/2005 at 10:29 pm #

    Someday I'm going to request the back catalogue of Postscript, the OU scout and guide group journal. It's kept in a warehouse Nuneham. Of course the graphic novel i wanted too doesn't seem to be in the Bod (gasp!).

  2. MelGeorge 30/05/2005 at 10:29 pm #

    heehee, all the best stuff is in Nuneham. By the way, when someone completes a Stack Dare, please leave a record here for our amusement )

  3. MelGeorge 01/06/2005 at 10:29 pm #

    Participant: Mel Date: 1/6/05Book: "Where's Wally?"Librarian's comment: None, bizzarely. Though she did look slightly dubious when I asked to photocopy the book.Finalists annoyed: Probably about 3We've also replaced rule (4) with: photocopy the page of the book with the Bodleian stamp on it as evidence. You're not allowed to keep the piece of paper. And this is more tricky.

  4. WenchClubProprietor 02/06/2005 at 10:29 pm #

    Participant: JamesDate: 1/6/05Book: "The Hardy Boys Adventure Puzzle Book"Librarian's comment: "Some good heavy reading there"Finalists annoyed: Probably very few actually, it was pretty quiet up there.

  5. WenchClubProprietor 02/06/2005 at 10:29 pm #

    Whoops – accidentally pressed the wrong button there.Anyway chronologically speaking it seems that I was the first official Stack Darer, or "Stackwhacker" as we say in the biz. I left a note for any future 'whackers too, though it's very unlikely that anyone will ever find it again. You'd hope so anyway.In related (and rather tragic) news I now have an odd compulsion to read all my HB literature again. I remember "The Twisted Claw" being particularly entertaining. Help me.

  6. David 03/06/2005 at 10:29 pm #

    Partcipant: DavidDate: 1/6/05Book: 101 more uses of a Dead CatLibrarian's Comment: Disapproving lookFinalists annoyed: Certainly 1 historian who seemed very annoyed that I appeared to be having fun.I'm proud to say I read my book all the way through (well, read is a slight exaggeration; it is wholly made of cartoons). Photocopying from the Upper Cam is quite a mission requiring approval from the librarian to take the book to the Lower Cam where the photocopiers are. Fortunately, we were not hindered on this hazardous journey and successfully copied the required evidence!

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