POSTED // Dec 2,2013 - In detective fiction, a common plot device is the broken clock or watch that tells the time of the murder. Does this ever happen? Has a broken clock or watch ever been admitted as evidence in a murder trial to show the time of the crime?
POSTED // Nov 25,2013 - I’ve read that 5 percent of all energy used in the United States goes into the production and transportation of food that eventually gets thrown away. That sounds like a lot, but then again, people can be mighty wasteful. Is this accurate? —Roger in Minneapolis
POSTED // Nov 18,2013 - Has anyone ever made cheese out of human breast milk? I live in southern Italy, where they make cheese out of everything else. Additionally, has there ever been a culture that thought of breast milk
POSTED // Nov 11,2013 - I’ve always heard that a notable number of serial killers were bed-wetters. I could never figure out what correlation there could be in any outside-of-TV-land reasoning, besides maybe crazy parents having more ammo for
POSTED // Nov 4,2013 - What’s the Straight Dope on fracking? People on the left say it poisons everything for miles around and can’t be done safely. People on the right say it allows access to cheap domestic fuel and can reduce or even eliminate
POSTED // Oct 21,2013 - How did the joke about sending a prisoner a cake with a file baked inside it originate? Did people ever actually try this, or was there a particular movie or book it occurred in?
POSTED // Oct 14,2013 - I have a dear friend who’s an alcoholic. When he came out of treatment, I told him I couldn’t see why he wasn’t able to condition himself to have, say, a single glass of beer and stop at that.
POSTED // Oct 7,2013 - I’m curious if science has made any inquiries into enlightenment via meditation, including Zen Buddhism and similar methods. If you strip out all of the mythological and moral aspects of it, Zen is little more than
POSTED // Sep 30,2013 - Until recently, television viewers were at the whim of network executives when it came to scheduling—most had to stay up until 11 p.m. to catch the full slate of prime-time programming.