Well, if you were afraid that anyone was going to break the stereotype of large corporations soullessly replying to emails with automated responses, or the stereotype about librarians not having a sense of humor… you may rest easy tonight, my friends.
Some of you (thankfully) found the Farming with Dynamite booklet as humorous as I did. Some of you even enjoyed my webform submission to DuPont. Apparently DuPont did not find my email the slightest bit amusing. I didn’t get so much as the digital equivalent of a chuckle from the historical library where they referred me. Neither of them seemed disturbed but it, either.
From: DuPont Inquiry Management Center <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 28, 2011
Subject: DuPont Reply: Hagley Museum & Library
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
In response to your inquiry: Hello,
I recently found your “Farming With Dynamite: A Few Hints to Farmers” handbook online, and found the concept quite interesting. I hate shovels, and most power tools. I’d like to plant some tomatoes and maybe a squash vine in the back yard next year… and think that this dynamite could come in handy!
Page 11 of your booklet said to write for the “Handbook of Explosives for Farmers, Planters, & Ranchers”. I believe the book predates the used of zip codes, and wasn’t sure if snail mail would get to you at the provided “address”. So, I decided to search online. Plus. I’m lazy. I didn’t want to buy stamps, and get a cramp while writing a letter with a pen. See where this dynamite thing may come in handy when planting a garden?
Do you have a hand book of explosives for the casual gardener? I can try scale down the big stuff if need be. I’m sure my neighbors would appreciate some restraint.
What are your thoughts on using explosives to get rid of garden pests like rabbits, groundhogs, deer, and even (here in the city) rats?
At 56¢ average for stump removal in my area, I’m confident I can save time and money planting vegetables next year! Maybe I can do some carrots and bell peppers too?
I see that “Farming With Dynamite” was printed in 1910, have explosive farming techniques progressed much since then? I would like some literature on the latest blasting technology.
Does the “Red Cross” dynamite mentioned in your book have anything to do with the Relief/Aid organization, or is it just an unfortunate similarity? I hear 99¢ of each dollar donated goes to line the pockets of their CEO. Ridiculous.
I look forward to your thoughts and advice, I appreciate that you have offered this information at no cost. It shows that you are a company that cares about the common man!
Thanks for writing. The Hagley Museum & Library is home to all historical information related to the DuPont Company. For assistance, please contact the musuem directly:
Hagley Museum & Library
Eleutherian Mills – Hagley Foundation
Post Office Box 3630
Greenville, DE 19807
Contact Info: http://www.hagley.lib.de.us/contact.html
We hope this will be of some assistance.
So, I sent this on top of the forwarded response form Dupont.
From: Waldo Lunar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 31, 2011
Subject: Fwd: DuPont Reply: Hagley Museum & Library
Hello Esteemed Keepers of Information,
I recently wrote to DuPont inquiring about a booklet on Farming with Dynamite, and they have directed me to you. Can you help out with the request below, my friends?
———- Forwarded message ———-
I got this from the library:
From: Linda Gross <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 31, 2011
Subject: FW: DuPont Reply: Hagley Museum & Library
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>Mr. Lunar-You will find that our library contains historical information about dynamite in our collection. We have no information on current farming techniques. You are welcome to search through our holdings in our online catalog at www.hagley.org/library. If you are interested in the history of the black powder production at DuPont, you might find our online exhibit of DuPont Company on the Brandywine to be a good source. http://www.hagley.org/library/exhibits/brandywine/Linda P. GrossImprints Reference LibrarianHagley Museum and LibraryP.O. Box 3630Wilmington, DE 19807—–Begin forwarded message:
DuPont either employs the most sophisticated A.I. email responders I have ever seen, or no one there or at the Hagley seems to have a sense of humor or a sense of cautioning someone looking to do some backyard gardening with dynamite.
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