Your friendly neighborhood librarians are back with a brand new episode answering some rather interesting questions. In this episode, we explore how well water filters filter out different parasites and bacteria, why Meowth (a Scratch Cat Pokemon) can speak in English, and just how strong a lion’s bite is.  

Join us for a new episode every other Wednesday to see if listeners were able to stump the librarian and learn some rather interesting information! You can submit a question of your own via http://kdl.org/stump. Don’t forget to subscribe to Stump the Librarian via https://stumpthelibrarian.podbean.com/ or wherever you prefer to listen to podcasts, so you never miss an episode. You can also reach us with your questions or fan mail by email at Stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org. 

Interested in learning and exploring more about this episode's curious questions?  You can always use any of the databases KDL has to offer with your library card. Just go to https://kdl.org/online-resources/ to find the best database for more information on the answer to your question. Oh, and don’t forget the books! Our catalog is full of amazing books that are filled with fascinating information. Just visit https://kdl.bibliocommons.com/ to search for your next great nonfiction read! 

 

Concerning the Scratch Cat Meowth... 

The Pokemon Company. (n.d.). Meowth: Pokédex: More at Pokemon.com. Pokemon. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokedex/meowth\. 

Shudo, T. (Writer), Sakai, H. (Animation Director), & Suzuki, T. (Assistant Director). (1998, November 12). Go West Young Meowth (Season 1, Episode 70) [TV series episode]. Pokémon: Indigo LeagueTV Tokyo. 

Takegami, J. (Writer), Iwane, M. (Animation Director), & Asada, Y. (Assistant Director). (1999, May 31). Meowth Rules! (Season 2, Episode 98) [TV series episode].  Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands. TV Tokyo. 

 

Concerning water bottle filters... 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, April 3). A guide to water filters. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/crypto/gen_info/filters.html. 

Johnson, A. (2020, June 25). Ultimate Guide to Maroon Bells in Colorado. Day Hikes Near Denver. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://dayhikesneardenver.com/maroon-bells-colorado/. 

MacKenzie, G., & McCarty, M. (n.d.). How to choose a water filter or purifier. Choosing a Backpacking Water Filter | REI Co-op. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/water-treatment-backcountry.html. 

Johnson, A., & *, N. (2020, June 25). Ultimate Guide to Maroon Bells in Colorado. Day Hikes Near Denver. Retrieved August 10, 2021, from https://dayhikesneardenver.com/maroon-bells-colorado/. 

 

Concerning the bite of a lion... 

Handwerk, B. (2021, May 4). Crocodiles have strongest bite ever measured, hands-on tests show. Animals. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/120315-crocodiles-bite-force-erickson-science-plos-one-strongest. 

Hill, S. (2019, August 23). 10 most powerful animal bites on the planet. Popular Science. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.popsci.com/10-most-powerful-animal-bites-on-planet/. 

Immediate Media Company Limited. (n.d.). Top 10: Which animals have the strongest bite? BBC Science Focus Magazine. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.sciencefocus.com/nature/top-10-which-animals-have-the-strongest-bite/. 

Learish, J. (2018, October 20). The 20 deadliest animals on Earth, ranked (warning: Graphic images). CBS News. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/the-20-deadliest-animals-on-earth-ranked/. 

National Geographic Kids. (n.d.). Lion. Animals. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/lion. 

Pariona, A. (2020, April 28). What animals kill the most humans each year? WorldAtlas. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-animals-that-kill-most-humans.html. 

WWF. (n.d.). Top 10 facts about lions. WWF. Retrieved September 20, 2021, from https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/fascinating-facts/lions. 

 

September 8, 2021

Episode 5 - What a Jam

The librarians are back with an episode of questions all over the board! We have two delightful questions, “What are the triangles on the power lines?” and “What kind of fish have lungs and gills?” and one delicious question, “What is the difference between jams and jellies?” Join us for episode 5 and every other Wednesday morning to see if the librarians were stumped and learn some neat information along the way! You can submit your own stumper of a question or any question you might have to http://kdl.org/stump. Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast via https://stumpthelibrarian.podbean.com/ or wherever you prefer to listen so you never miss an episode. You can also reach us with your questions or fan mail by email at Stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org. 

Interested in learning and exploring more about this episode's curious questions?  You can always use any of the databases KDL has to offer with your library card. Just go to https://kdl.org/online-resources/ to find the best database for more information on the answer to your question! And don’t forget the books! Our catalog is full of amazing books that are filled with fascinating information. Just visit https://kdl.bibliocommons.com/ to search for your next great nonfiction read! 

 

Concerning lungfish... 

Editorial Staff | March 29, 2016 T. A. & E. L. H. and D. (2016, March 29). A fish with a LUNG? Meet Granddad. American Lung Association. https://www.lung.org/blog/a-fish-with-a-lung-granddad. 

Geggel, L. (2015, September 15). Ancient human-size fish breathed with lungs. LiveScience. https://www.livescience.com/52178-ancient-fish-lung-development.html. 

Shedd Aquarium. (2017, February 7). Shedd Aquarium Mourns Loss of World‘s Oldest Aquarium Fish. Shedd Aquarium. https://www.sheddaquarium.org/about-shedd/press-releases/shedd-aquarium-mourns-loss-of-world-s-oldest-aquarium-fish. 

Weitzman, S. H. (n.d.). The respiratory system. Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/animal/fish/The-respiratory-system. 

 

Concerning jams & jellies... 

Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. (n.d.). What's the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves? Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/story/whats-the-difference-between-jam-jelly-and-preserves 

Lemm, E. (n.d.). Do you know the difference between Jam, Jelly, and Marmalade? The Spruce Eats. https://www.thespruceeats.com/difference-between-jelly-jam-and-marmalade-435612 

MasterClass. (2021, August 10). What's the difference BETWEEN JAM, jelly, and Marmalade? - 2021. MasterClass. https://www.masterclass.com/articles/whats-the-difference-between-jam-jelly-and-marmalade#so-what-is-the-difference-between-jam-jelly-and-marmalade 

Roman, A. (n.d.). How to make jam. The New York Times. https://cooking.nytimes.com/guides/45-how-to-make-jam. 

 

Concerning powerlines & cables... 

https://www.aep.com/assets/docs/safety/What%27s%20on%20Pole_AEP.pdf 

Gołębiowska, I., & Dutkiewicz, M. (2017). The effectiveness of vibration damper attached to the cable due to wind action. EPJ Web of Conferences143, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201714302029 

 

Why is the 4th Episode of Stump the Librarian called “Body Surfing Hippos??” Well, you’ll have to listen to your friendly neighborhood librarians, Emily and Courtnei as well as the librarian behind the curtain Jill to find out! Join us this episode to hear the answers to three amazing questions. “Who is the person who has lived the longest?” “Do pigs go in ponds?” and “How long does it take lemons to go bad after being picked?”

In this episode, Emily explores animals who swim, Courtnei thinks about old age, and Jill shows why research helps with baking. And don’t forget to join us every other Wednesday as we try to answer your curious questions and see if it’s possible to stump a librarian! You can submit a question via http://kdl.org/stump. We would love to hear what questions are on your minds! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast wherever you prefer to listen so you never miss an episode. You can also reach us by email at Stumpthelibrarian@kdl.org 

Interested in learning and exploring more about this episode's curious questions?  You can always use any of the databases KDL has to offer with your library card. Just go to https://kdl.org/online-resources/ to find the best database for more information on the answer to your question! And don’t forget the books! Our catalog is full of amazing books that are filled with fascinating information. Just visit https://kdl.bibliocommons.com/ to search for your next great nonfiction read! 

 

Concerning living... 

Eckart, Kim. (2021, July 1). How Long Can a Person Live? The 221st Century May See a Record Breaker. University of Washington. https://www.washington.edu/news/2021/07/01/how-long-can-a-person-live-the-21st-century-may-see-a-record-breaker/ 

Willingham, Emily. (2021, May 25). Humans Could Live Up to 150 Years, New research Suggests. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/humans-could-live-up-to-150-years-new-research-suggests/ 

Concerning pigs... 

(n.d.). The Evolution of Whales. Understanding Evolution https://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/evograms_03. 

Britt, Robert Roy. (2004, January 19). Unlikely Cousins Whales and Hippos. Live Science. 

https://www.livescience.com/102-cousins-whales-hippos.html 

University of Calgary. (2009, March 19). Is The Hippopotamus The Closest Living Relative To The  Whale?. ScienceDaily.  www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090318153803.htm

Baron, David. (2012, February 7). Surfing Hippos, Lacking Tourists. BBC World News. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-16686544?piano-modal 

Rom. (2017, August 24). Hippos and Whales, Unlikely Cousins. Royal Ontario Museum. https://www.rom.on.ca/en/blog/hippos-and-whales-unlikely-cousins 

Twowheelednomad. (2017, July 22). Are Whales Like Hippos? Juneau Whale Watch. https://www.juneauwhalewatch.com/whales-like-hippos/ 

Mukherjee, S., Appel, A., Duckworth, J.W., Sanderson, J., Dahal, S., Willcox, D.H.A., Herranz Muñoz, V., Malla, G., Ratnayaka, A., Kantimahanti, M., Thudugala, A., Thaung, R. & Rahman, H. 2016. Prionailurus viverrinusThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T18150A50662615. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T18150A50662615.en. 

 

Concerning lemons... 

Encyclopædia Britannica. (n.d.). Lemon. Britannica School. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from https://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/lemon/47727 

 

Stump the Librarian Episode 3 – Do Not Eat the Nuclear Pasta 

The curious librarians of KDL’s Stump the Librarian Podcast are back with a third episode filled with quizzical questions and interesting information. In this episode, our librarians talk about all things related to that mystical peculiar place we like to call Outer Space. Join us as we ponder if life may exist outside of planet Earth and what that life may look like, how many planets there are in the entire universe, and what the hardest rock of all is (f it’s even a rock). Did these questions stump our librarians? Well, you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out!  

You can find a new episode of Stump the Librarian every other Wednesday morning at https://stumpthelibrarian.podbean.com/ or wherever you listen to podcasts! Make sure you subscribe so you never miss an exciting episode. If you have a curious question that you would like us to answer you can submit it via at https://kdl.org/stump-the-librarian/

 

Concerning rocks... 

Daley, J. (2018, September 20). The universe's strongest material is a cosmic lasagna. Smithsonian.com. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/universes-strongest-material-cosmic-lasagna-180970358/#:~:text=A%20new%20study%20suggests%20that,billion%20times%20stronger%20than%20steel&text=Humans%20have%20looked%20for%20harder,steel%2C%20composites%20and%20now%20graphene.&text=Just%20like%20campfires%20and%20goldfish%2C%20stars%20eventually%20die. 

King, H. M. (n.d.). Mohs hardness scale. Geology and Earth Science News and Information. https://geology.com/minerals/mohs-hardness-scale.shtml. 

Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe. Newsroom. (2018, September 28). https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/nuclear-pasta-hardest-known-substance-universe-289729. 

 

Concerning life in space... 

Howells, K. (n.d.). Life on Mars: Your questions answered. The Planetary Society. https://www.planetary.org/articles/life-on-mars-your-questions-answered. 

NASA. (2021, April 2). What is an Exoplanet? NASA. https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/what-is-an-exoplanet/overview/. 

 

Concerning the number of planets... 

NASA. (2019, June 26). Exploration. NASA. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system/beyond/exploration/?page=0&per_page=10&order=launch_date%2Bdesc%2Ctitle%2Basc&search=&tags=Beyond%2BOur%2BSolar%2BSystem&category=33. 

 

Welcome to the second episode of Stump the Librarian, a podcast where two librarians from Kent District Library, Emily and Courtnei, with a little help from the librarian behind the curtain, Jill, answer questions from curious listeners. Join us in this episode as we find the answers to which sea creatures can survive at the deepest depth of the ocean, why the temperature feels different in the sun and the shade, and how worms are able to survive being cut in half. Join us bi-weekly as we try to answer your curious questions and see if it’s possible to stump a librarian! 

Interested in learning and exploring more about this episode's curious questions? Here are some of the resources we used to help us answer your questions! You can always use any of the databases KDL has to offer with your library card. Just go to https://kdl.org/online-resources/ to find the best database for your question! 

 

Concerning life in the deep seas... 

How deep is the ocean? (2021, February 26). In National Ocean Service. Retrieved from https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/oceandepth.html 

Bobbe, S. (2019, July 3). Everything you need to know about sea pigs. In Ocean Conservancy. Retrieved from https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2019/07/03/everything-need-know-sea-pigs/ 

Fox-Skelly, J. (2015, January 29). What does it take to live at the bottom of the ocean?. In BBC Earth. Retrieved  
from https://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150129-life-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean 

Mariana Trench (2021). In National Geographic Deep Sea Challenge. Retrieved from  
http://www.deepseachallenge.com/the-expedition/mariana-trench/ 

NOAA, . (2021, February 26). How deep is the ocean?. In National Ocean Service. Retrieved from https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/oceandepth.html 

Water pressures at ocean depths (1998). In Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. Retrieved from  
https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/eoi/nemo1998/education/pressure.html 

Weiss, S. (2019). Ocean: Secrets of the deep. Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom: What on Earth Books. 

Welch, C. (2017, November 29). New Fish Species Lives 5 Miles Underwater—a Record. In National Geographic.  
Retrieved from https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/deepest-sea-fish-identified- snailfish-pseudoliparis-swirei-spd 

 

Concerning life in the shade... 

Trying to Keep Cool? Here’s How Shade, Ocean Breeze Help. (July 7, 2013). In South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved from 

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2013-07-07-fl-shady-breezy-temps-20130706-story.html 

Mead, M Nathaniel. “Benefits of sunlight: a bright spot for human health.” Environmental health perspectives vol. 116,4 (2008): A160-7. doi:10.1289/ehp.116-a160 

 

Concerning the life of worms... 

CBC/Radio Canada. (n.d.). 5 creatures that can grow back body PARTS | Cbc kids. CBCnews. https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/five-creatures-that-can-grow-back-body-parts.  

Dunlap, G., & Senft, R. (2019, February 26). Regeneration: What the axolotl can teach us about regrowing human limbs. Science in the News. https://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2018/regeneration-axolotl-can-teach-us-regrowing-human-limbs/.  

Fong, J., & Paula Hewitt. (n.d.). More About Worms... And Related Classroom Activities. More about worms... and related classroom activities - Cornell composting. http://compost.css.cornell.edu/worms/.html.  

Langley, L. (2021, May 4). Pictures: 5 animals that REGROW body parts. Animals. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/axolotl-regrow-regeneration-body?loggedin=true.  

Learn, J. R. (2019, January 24). Complete axolotl genome could reveal the secret of regenerating tissues. Smithsonian.com. https://www.smithsmorewormsonianmag.com/science-nature/complete-axolotl-genome-could-reveal-secret-regenerating-tissues-180971335/.  

Murphy, H. (2019, March 20). Chop up a worm. it will regenerate. scientists figured out why. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/science/worm-regeneration.html.  

Quirós, G. (2018, November 6). These flatworms can regrow a body from a fragment. how do they do it and could we? NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/11/06/663612981/these-flatworms-can-regrow-a-body-from-a-fragment-how-do-they-do-it-and-could-we.  

 

 

Welcome to Stump the Librarian, a podcast where two librarians from Kent District Library, Emily and Courtnei, with a little help from the librarian behind the curtain, Jill, answer questions from curious listeners. On our first episode we find the answers to why tigers have stripes, how robins care for their babies, and what the most popular dog breeds are around the world. Join us bi-weekly as we try to answer your curious questions and see if it’s possible to stump a librarian! 

Interested in learning and exploring more about this episode's curious questions? Here are some of the resources we used to help us answer your questions! You can always use any of the databases KDL has to offer with your library card. Just go to https://kdl.org/online-resources/ to find the best database for your question!  

Concerning Dogs: 

Resler, T. J. (2019). Dog breed guide the complete reference to your best friend fur-ever. Washington D.C.: National Geographic. 

Reisen, J. (2021, March 16). The Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2020. In American Kennel Club. Retrieved from https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/dog-breeds/the-most-popular-dog-breeds-of-2020/ 

The Most Popular Dog Breed in Every Country (2021). In Household Quotes. Retrieved from https://householdquotes.co.uk/most-popular-dog-breed/ 

Burke, A. (2020, April 24). How to Choose the Best Dog Food. In American Kennel Club. Retrieved from https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/best-dog-food-choosing-whats-right-for-your-dog/ 

Wall, J. (2021, June 9). Are You Ready to Own a Dog? Expectations & Responsibilities. In Love Your Dog. Retrieved from https://www.loveyourdog.com/ready-for-dog/ 

 

Concerning Robins: 

American Robin (2019). In Journey North. Retrieved from https://journeynorth.org/tm/robin/facts_baby_robins.html 

Link, R. (n.d.). American Robin. In Seattle Audubon. Retrieved from https://seattleaudubon.org/learn/birds-of-wa/bird-facts/american-robin/ 

 

Concerning Tigers: 

"Tiger." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2 Mar. 2021. school.eb.com/levels/high/article/tiger/72439. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021. 

 

"Coloration." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 24 Jan. 2019. school.eb.com/levels/high/article/coloration/109619#25418.toc. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021. 

“Protective Coloration.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, Mar. 2021, p. 1.  

 

 

 

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