Here's a great topic for a scholarly paper for an LIS graduate student:
Two reference librarians called in sick today. Since two others work this evening, and therefore aren't on the schedule till noon or after, and our "official sub" is on the schedule for tonight, and another librarian is on vacation (like, when isn't she?), this leaves the director and me to cover this morning on Reference....
Update, 11:30 a.m.: We have an official epidemic. Another librarian--the one scheduled to work 12 to 9--just called in sounding ickier than pig-puke.
I can testify that everyone takes their vacation at the same time, as well. Obviously sinister forces, or at least meaningful ones, are at work here. What a topic for a research paper!
I personally blame it on George Bush.