Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Harvard: LGBT Books Covered in Urine "by Accident"

Earlier this week, the Harvard Crimson reported that 36 books on LGBT subjects in Harvard's Lamont Library were found "vandalized with urine." The immediate assumption was that the act was a hate crime.

However, today Harvard College Dean Evelynn [sic] Hammonds announced that the dousing of nearly forty books on gay/transgendered subjects with urine was an accident. The Crimson reported that near the damaged books library staff discovered an empty jar that is believed to have been filled with urine. And yes, there's more:

upon an investigation by HUPD, it was revealed Monday morning that "our own library personnel" had accidentally spilled a bottle, containing what was reported to be urine, that had been found on the shelf, according to Hammonds.

Of course, this raises the question, why was a jar of urine on a library shelf? The Boston Globe has a few ideas.

A friend of mine told me that he knows some people who drink their own urine for health reasons, a practice I was blissfully unaware of until he shared this information.

I pointed out to him that most libraries have zero-tolerance policies for food and drink. I'm sure Lamont Library is no exception.

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