Just heard this one from a friend who recently visited Japan.
He saw a guy in a huge bookstore surrounded by a pile of books and a guillotine. On closer inspection, the guy was chopping thin slivers of paper and cover from the edges of the books. My friend's theory was that the stock had been sitting around for months or years and had yellowed around the edges.
Who would have thought that the best way to spruce up old books was to use a guillotine?
Anyone else have any wacky stories like this?