The University of Liverpool Library in northwest England this week revealed what someone had used as a bookmark in one of its books.
And, well, here it is:
Yes. A plastic-wrapped slice of undetermined cheese.
It’s unclear what book it was being used inside. But library staff tossed the offending article and their tweet soon took on a life of its own.
Other libraries chimed in:
People shared their own bookmark horror stories:
I once worked in a public library where a customer had used a rasher of crispy bacon as the bookmark!
— SFHT Library (@SFHTLibrary) January 21, 2020
OMG after over 30 years in libraries, this is a new one. I’ve had a rasher of streaky bacon (raw), a condom (in its packaging, fortunately) a slice of toast (buttered) and £85 in notes. Separate occasions/customers. I managed to track down the owner of the cashand return it 😁
— 🕷Argentology®🕷 (@Argentologist) January 21, 2020
A debate over the original post also broke out:
I will never side with bookmark prescriptivists. a bookmark is defined by its function, not by whether The Man says it can be used as a bookmark. does it mark your place in a book? then it’s a bookmark. https://t.co/5cfXc8s19J
— hern (@alexhern) January 21, 2020
And then came the puns. So. Many. Puns.
Camembert it when people do this. Unbrielievable.
— School of the Arts (@sotauol) January 21, 2020
If only students would handle library books more caerphilly
— UEA Library (@UEALibrary) January 21, 2020
You gouda brie kidding! 😱
— UoL School of the Arts – Student Support Centre (@SotaSSC) January 21, 2020
Opened a volume in central library the other week and a trouser leg end fell out. That was a turnup for the books.
— Steve Grace (@wibblegrace) January 21, 2020
Someone’s misplaced their library curds.
— Bri Wilkinson (@BrianRhys) January 21, 2020