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Library of Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Rank: Jimmy Olav Rokne
Nominated by Olav Rokne

4th Place June 09

Olav wrote us this letter about the library of congress, as a recent visitor, and a Canadian, we think he makes as good a case for it as any text we could write about it:

The Library of Congress is the world's largest library. More than 32 million books, 15 million periodicals, movies and 100 million other items add up to hundreds of miles of shelf space and several terabytes of information. What's awesome about that? It is an institution that is open to public use. That's right, not just the use of Congress, not just the use of Americans, but the use of anyone from any part of the globe.

The world's largest repository of information is accessible to everyone. Considering the size of the collection, the labrynthine warren of tunnels in which the books are stored and the demands of the public, one would understand if it took the librarians several days to find any particular book. However, just about any book in the collection can be retrieved within an hour. Seriously! One hour!

I was there last weekend doing some research and I requested New Computer Methods for Global Optimization  an obscure book from 1988 that had a print run of less than 500 copies. They had it in my hands in 15 minutes! That's incredible. I'm going to go so far as to say that The Library of Congress isn't just awesome, it's one of the Wonders of the World. There are many great things about America, but I would list the Library of Congress as the single best. It is all of the greatest achievements of Western Civilization under one roof, at the fingertips of all those who seek knowledge.

Seriously. I was awe-struck. I am awe-struck. I'm well-known as someone who is loquacious, and I can't even find the words to express how impressed I was with the Library of Congress.

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Little Superstar
LITTLE SUPERSTAR
Rank: George Ivan Awesomeoff
Nominated by Ivan Awesomeoff

October 2008 Champion

If we had a resident science teacher, and they gave us a weekly pop quiz:

"Define the word awesome using a carbon-based life form weighing less than 50 lbs."

 The only answer possible... is Little Superstar.  

 

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Rank: George The Dude
The Dude commented ( about Little Superstar ) on 9/24/2009
This video just makes me happy every time I watch it! reply high five

Rank: George Ivan Awesomeoff
Ivan Awesomeoff commented ( about Little Superstar ) on 9/15/2009
There is no doubt in my mind that if we sent Little Superstar back in time 2009 years and he did this dance he would have out shined Jesus and have overtaken the title of 'son of god'. reply high five

Rank: Teddy Godbot
Godbot replied to Ivan Awesomeoff on 9/15/2009
Sorry, but Jesus is "Lord of the Dance." reply high five

Rank: Pepper Zahg
Zahg replied to Godbot on 9/16/2009
I thought that was Michael Flatley. reply high five

Rank: Jimmy Olav Rokne
Olav Rokne commented ( about Library of Congress ) on 9/14/2009
A) Books are awesome.
B) Large quantities of books are more awesome than lesser quantities.
C) Democracy is awesome.
D) Freedom of speech is awesome.
E) Freedom of information is awesome.
F) Thomas Jefferson is awesome.

The Library of Congress combines the net awesomeness of that entire list, in an awesome building, with awesome organization, awesome people running it and awesome art on the walls.

This should be in the Top 8. I am more in awe of this than the sum of all other nominees, even though all nominees this month are awesome in their own right. reply high five

Rank: Teddy Godbot
Godbot replied to Olav Rokne on 9/14/2009
Agreed. reply high five

Rank: Solo the_mad_nader
the_mad_nader commented ( about Library of Congress ) on 6/5/2009
The Great Library of Alexandria was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World...perhaps the Library of Congress should be considered one of the Wonders of the Modern World? THAT would be awesome! reply high five

Rank: Jimmy Olav Rokne
Olav Rokne replied to the_mad_nader on 6/5/2009
IMHO, the LoC is all seven wonders of the Modern World. reply high five


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