Rasher of bacon found in Worthing Library book

Rasher of bacon found in Worthing Library book

Rasher of bacon found in Worthing Library book

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A rasher of bacon was found in a returned book by a Worthing librarian.

The lender had used an object usually found between two slices of bread rather than pages as a bookmark.

This was just one of the oddities artist Dan Thompson, of Lanfranc Road, Worthing, has come across while collecting quirky items found in second-hand and library books for a decade.

Dan's collection includes a wide range of ephemera dating back to the 1940s, including family photographs, concert tickets, a Kevin Keegan soccer card, numerous postcards, including a historic view of the Mersey Tunnel, a map of Hong Kong, a Eurostar ticket, a Lottery ticket, and folded paper, or origami figures.

There is also a small birthday card dated 1942 and a leaflet published by the Jamaica Cricket Association to publicise a match between Pakistan and the West Indies in 1958.

Now they have gone on show at the town's main library in Richmond Road.

There's no sign of any bacon in the glass showcase, but Dan said it was not as unusual as you might think to find a rasher of bacon in a book. A similar inspired this website, bibliobuffet, which lists people who have found rashers in books.

However, Dan has made this bookmark which you can print out and use as many times as you like.

Have you found an unusual item in a book?

Tell us below or email Paul Holden

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2:23pm Tue 22 Sep 09

KennyKoala says...

Somebody's telling a porkie here.
Somebody's telling a porkie here. KennyKoala
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2:47pm Tue 22 Sep 09

kumquat says...

The only meat you're gonna find in a Len Deighton book, that's for sure.
The only meat you're gonna find in a Len Deighton book, that's for sure. kumquat
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3:43pm Tue 22 Sep 09

Andre Spooner says...

This is a shameful practice that must be stopped! I was flicking through a copy of Great Expectations the other day and a whole packet of Pork Scratchings fell out all over my knees. Imagine my distress.

To make matters worse, it made me smell of bacon the whole day - which has a most unsettling effect on my horse. The last person who smelled of bacon was a horse thief. And I tell you now, the last thing Spooner needs is a mistrustful horse.

I spent two hours scouring my legs with a lavender scented brush before me and my mighty horse were reunited. That, truly, is the aroma of companionship and success.
This is a shameful practice that must be stopped! I was flicking through a copy of Great Expectations the other day and a whole packet of Pork Scratchings fell out all over my knees. Imagine my distress. To make matters worse, it made me smell of bacon the whole day - which has a most unsettling effect on my horse. The last person who smelled of bacon was a horse thief. And I tell you now, the last thing Spooner needs is a mistrustful horse. I spent two hours scouring my legs with a lavender scented brush before me and my mighty horse were reunited. That, truly, is the aroma of companionship and success. Andre Spooner
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3:56pm Tue 22 Sep 09

Wivvy Dave says...

Come on give us all the facts - did it have brown sauce on it - what aboout teeth marks? Was it salted or not, was it rindless, did it have the broken ink stamp of "Danish" across the edge? I'll never get to sleep tonight not knowing the answers to these questions.
Come on give us all the facts - did it have brown sauce on it - what aboout teeth marks? Was it salted or not, was it rindless, did it have the broken ink stamp of "Danish" across the edge? I'll never get to sleep tonight not knowing the answers to these questions. Wivvy Dave
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4:14pm Tue 22 Sep 09

johnmil says...

This sounds like a poor attempt by a stealth terrorist to try and spread swine flu!
This sounds like a poor attempt by a stealth terrorist to try and spread swine flu! johnmil
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5:25pm Tue 22 Sep 09

Masterchav says...

What a swine.

I have done rasher things myself though.
What a swine. I have done rasher things myself though. Masterchav
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5:28pm Tue 22 Sep 09

tinkywinky says...

I bought a cushion from an antique shop and to my amazement when fluffing it up at home, I found one of Queen Victoria's ****.
I have had the royal chuff vlued by sothebys for two hundred pounds.
I bought a cushion from an antique shop and to my amazement when fluffing it up at home, I found one of Queen Victoria's ****. I have had the royal chuff vlued by sothebys for two hundred pounds. tinkywinky
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5:30pm Tue 22 Sep 09

tinkywinky says...

tinkywinky wrote:
I bought a cushion from an antique shop and to my amazement when fluffing it up at home, I found one of Queen Victoria's ****. I have had the royal chuff vlued by sothebys for two hundred pounds.
The highly offensive word filtered out by the Argus is F A R T S
[quote][p][bold]tinkywinky[/bold] wrote: I bought a cushion from an antique shop and to my amazement when fluffing it up at home, I found one of Queen Victoria's ****. I have had the royal chuff vlued by sothebys for two hundred pounds.[/p][/quote]The highly offensive word filtered out by the Argus is F A R T S tinkywinky
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6:53pm Tue 22 Sep 09

GreenGiant says...

This is news.. really? Better then Katie Price thow.
This is news.. really? Better then Katie Price thow. GreenGiant
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7:39pm Tue 22 Sep 09

kkj says...

Is it just me or is the Jamaica Cricket association leaflet more interesting than a rasher of bacon?

I'm also intrigued to know why the librarian found it necessary to pass this on to the collector, rather than either dispose of it or eat it.

The most unusual thing i've found in a book has been a dead spider.
Is it just me or is the Jamaica Cricket association leaflet more interesting than a rasher of bacon? I'm also intrigued to know why the librarian found it necessary to pass this on to the collector, rather than either dispose of it or eat it. The most unusual thing i've found in a book has been a dead spider. kkj
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8:27pm Tue 22 Sep 09

Christophe Hawtree says...

This is alarming. It might inspire Brighton libraries to start selling bacon in order to meet "income targets" instead of buying more, and bacon-free, books.

Yes, it looks as if Jubilee Library will get chiller cabinets instead of proper shelves and copies of Animal Farm will come with a 10p-off-bacon voucher.
This is alarming. It might inspire Brighton libraries to start selling bacon in order to meet "income targets" instead of buying more, and bacon-free, books. Yes, it looks as if Jubilee Library will get chiller cabinets instead of proper shelves and copies of Animal Farm will come with a 10p-off-bacon voucher. Christophe Hawtree
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10:38pm Tue 22 Sep 09

Dave Taliban says...

I love how clicking the link in this story to go to 'bibliobuffet' takes you straight to....this very webpage.

About as useful as a bookmark made from a cows spleen.

I love how clicking the link in this story to go to 'bibliobuffet' takes you straight to....this very webpage. About as useful as a bookmark made from a cows spleen. Dave Taliban
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9:46am Wed 23 Sep 09

RickH says...

You know, a similar thing happened to me today; I opened a copy of my local paper and a load of bulls**t feel out!
You know, a similar thing happened to me today; I opened a copy of my local paper and a load of bulls**t feel out! RickH
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10:09am Wed 23 Sep 09

tinkywinky says...

LOL
LOL tinkywinky
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1:21pm Wed 23 Sep 09

NIck99 says...

Reminds me of the time when i used to press beautifull flowers and insects within the pages of books. Aaaahhhhh those were the days.
Reminds me of the time when i used to press beautifull flowers and insects within the pages of books. Aaaahhhhh those were the days. NIck99
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2:33pm Wed 23 Sep 09

CeeBee says...

I've found all sorts in library books but this takes the bacon (sorry).
I've found all sorts in library books but this takes the bacon (sorry). CeeBee
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1:31pm Thu 24 Sep 09

chickboy69 says...

Unread I see. The lender was surely after a copy of Hamlet. I once found some rather off beef between the folds of a Jilly Cooper.
Unread I see. The lender was surely after a copy of Hamlet. I once found some rather off beef between the folds of a Jilly Cooper. chickboy69
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