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The Straight Dope

Belly of the Beast

Refuge in a corpse?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 16,2012 - In The Empire Strikes Back, there’s a scene where Han Solo must cut open his tauntaun and climb inside the steaming corpse with Luke.

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Medium Rare

Endangered species, good eatin'?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 2,2012 - I’ve been reading about the coelacanth, the fish thought to have gone extinct 65 million years ago that turned up in an Indonesian fish market.

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Silent Blight

Xmas trees' invisible bugs

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 26,2011 - As I was decorating my Christmas tree this year, I began to wonder if I was putting myself at risk from insects. I don’t like spiders much, and it would be even worse to have a Lyme-diseased tick bite me. Are Christmas trees fumigated, or are we bringing termites, etc., into our homes every holiday season? —Doug in L.A.

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Snake Oil

Can you really 'suck out the poison'?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 19,2011 - There's a common belief that "sucking the poison out" is an effective snakebite remedy.

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Smurfberries

Where's the blue food?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 12,2011 - The fact remains that we have few blue foods, in contrast to numerous foods of other common colors. Why?

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You There, God?

Reader calls out Cecil's 'quasi-theistic horseshit'

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 5,2011 - Know what I think about your answer [to the question of whether there’s a God]? (I mean, besides the fact that it was a load of soft-pedaling quasi-theistic horseshit?)

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Hot & Cold

Geoengineering: Good or bad?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 28,2011 - The resultant global cooling will cancel out global warming and we can go on happily burning fossil fuels...

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Sniff the Rain

What's that smell in the air?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 21,2011 - What's that smell in the air right before it rains?

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Fish of Death

How deadly is a halibut?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 14,2011 - As sea creatures go, you don’t think of halibut as being all that dangerous.

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In the Beginning

Does God exist?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 7,2011 - Have you ever addressed the question of God? It would seem like a fairly important question in the fight against ignorance, yet I couldn’t find anything like “Does God exist?” in the archives.
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