Questions to ponder

What percent of a library's stock is visible on the shelves at any given time?

What does "Gratin" in "au Gratin Potatoes" mean?

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Blogger Worldgineer said...

I'd guess 80%

I'd guess "potato"

3/3/06 17:23  
Blogger graculus said...


this is gratin

3/3/06 17:27  
Blogger lostdog said...

I'd say 50%.

And I'd always thought "gratin" meant free, but now that I've written that, I've suddenly realised that I was actually thinking of "gratis". And another branch of my own personal potato mythology bites the dust.


3/3/06 18:00  
Blogger Nicotine Jones said...

I think 60% with the other 40% checked out

And I always thought au gratin meant "with cheese"

3/3/06 19:57  
Blogger Steve DeGroof said...

I think "gratin" literally means "scrapings". I think "au gratin" is a generic term for "with crunchy bits on top" but usually indicates a cheese topping.

4/3/06 11:32  
Blogger Nicotine Jones said...

I think Steve is right...but what about the books?

4/3/06 12:40  
Blogger k_sra said...

Yes, what about the books?

Follow-up question to the books:

If all the books in a library's inventory were returned to the library in question, would there be room to house them all?

4/3/06 16:16  
Blogger Nicotine Jones said...

I would guess that if all the books were in the library and not checked out - it would cause problems with space. Then, it might be time to hold a book sale...

6/3/06 00:56  
Blogger jon said...

I just looked this one up in my English-French dictionary.

Pomme de terre (Earth Apple) is the potato

Fromage is cheese

... au gratin means with a breadcrumb or cheese topping that has been browned. Typically, from experience, it's cheese.

6/3/06 04:10  
Blogger El Fid said...

We get our word "grate" from the French "gratin." Hence the cheesy, bread crumby goodness is aptly named after the process required to render the cheese toastable yet with the ability to lace gracefully through the crumbles.

9/3/06 22:39  
Blogger El Fid said...

Actually, "grater" to grate.

10/3/06 18:59  

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