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The Straight Dope

You're Out!

Killed by a home run?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 9,2012 - I’ve heard of the occasional car in a baseball-stadium parking lot being damaged by an out-of-the-park home run. I wonder: Have there ever been any skulls or other body parts crushed?

The Straight Dope

Flying Sparks

Can car static kill you?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Apr 2,2012 - In winter, I’ve gotten big shocks from static electricity when getting out of my car, and once saw a video where a crewman touching a race car during a pit stop was thrown back several feet, I presume from static charge built up as the car circled the track. This has gotten me wondering: Have there been instances of injury or death from static discharge? —Mike

The Straight Dope

Long Con

Does cutting taxes stimulate job growth?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Mar 26,2012 - Is there any evidence to support the mantra that cutting taxes stimulates job growth?

The Straight Dope

Boiling Frogs

Why do they stay in the pan?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Mar 12,2012 - This is an old one, and I’m surprised it didn’t turn up when I did a search on your site. It has to do with boiling frogs. Goes something like this: If you tossed a frog into already-boiling water, it would leap out.

The Straight Dope

Bitter Pill

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Mar 7,2012 - As we've seen, however, neither the drug industry nor consumers have much incentive to demand change.

The Straight Dope

Sex Sells

Why is prostitution called "the oldest profession"?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Feb 27,2012 - Why is prostitution called “the oldest profession”? Under both of the definitions of profession I know, there’s no chance prostitution could be the oldest,

The Straight Dope

Flying Colors

Is there an advantage to being colorblind?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Feb 20,2012 - Can colorblind persons pick out camouflage from background foliage more easily?

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Mammoth Feat

Cloning: But then what?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Feb 13,2012 - A friend insists a team of scientists is dedicated to cloning a woolly mammoth. I’d love to believe this is true, and if it is, what are the plans for these critters? Zoos? Releasing them into the wild? Farming?

The Straight Dope

Game Brain

Influence of video games on the mind?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 30,2012 - I don't claim video games have been 100 percent beneficial. The Columbine massacre shooters were reportedly addicted to video games.

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State Smarts

A difference between red & blue?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 21,2012 - Is there a difference between red (Republican heartland conservative) states and blue (Democratic coastal liberal) states in terms of IQ?
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