Silly questions asked at the Chicago World's Fair, 1893
Q. In which building can I find the pope?
A. You will not the pope here, madame.
Q. Where is he?
A. In Italy, Europe, madame.
Q. Which way is that?
A. Three blocks under the lagoon. (This 'Columbian Guard' apparently shared the sense of humour of our own Aussie tourism site holders, published earlier!)
Q. Can you tell me where to find the building that has the artificial human figures?
The Columbian Guard began telling her he did not know, when another visitor jumped in:
A. I have heard of them. I have seen them over in the Woman's Building. Just ask for the Lady Managers.
An amputee, sick of people asking him silly questions, promised to answer only one more, on the condition that he would answer no more.
Q. How did you lose your legs?
A. Someone bit them off.
And he walked off chuckling, before the questioner could ask any more.