In the children's section of the Nashville public library, the mother lode of folk tales is in the nonfiction section. Aha!
There's a whole family of egg-eating snakes that swallow eggs bigger than their heads, squeeze out the insides, and spit out the shell.
According to this blog post, native speakers of Chinese are gradually forgetting how to write.
According to Jared Diamond, out of 148 species of large, wild, terrestrial herbivorous mammals, only 14 have ever been successfully domesticated. (Guns, Germs, and Steel.)
Every time I go to the Nashville library, I leave feeling like I've just picked somebody's pocket. It's a wonderful library. (I don't know that it's particularly unusual in this regard.)