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Just like your favorite teacher once told you, we at NPL believe that there are no stupid questions.  Nada.  Zip.  Zilch.

That’s right: none.

If you want to know how many whiskers an average prairie dog has, how many presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize, or even how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop, we’ll do our darnedest to get you an answer.

Especially if you bring us an actual Tootsie Roll Pop.

What’s more, we enjoy it!  Some of your questions are downright fantastic.  So much so, in fact, that we’d love to share some with the rest of you.  Research nerds and the otherwise inquisitive: take note!  Fresh from our top secret librarian files comes…

FRQs: Fantastic reference questions

Part I
From our Text-A-Librarian service:
Patron: How much extra fuel per pound of luggage does it cost airlines [to transport my bags]?
Librarian: Budget Travel says it takes aprox 1 gallon of jet fuel to move 100 pounds, so 1 lb would take 1.28 oz.

Patron: How far?
Librarian: That was “for a domestic flight,” so they didn’t list mileage. If you need an exact answer, we will do more research and text you later.

Patron: Thanks!
Librarian: Assuming 1.2 mpg at cruise, and Jet-A fuel at $5.81/gal, and the avg. weight of the airliner at 40,000 lb., it looks like for an extra lb. of luggage and a 1,000 mile flight, it costs 12.1 cents to the airline.