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The Straight Dope

Funky Dead

Can zombies smell themselves?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Nov 1,2011 - Zombies have so many disturbing traits, but my question involves only two...

The Straight Dope

The Typo Police

Dyslexic bad speller or ordinary dope?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 24,2011 - I get SO ANNOYED when people are constantly picking out my typos and making it seem like I’m an idiot for making them.

The Straight Dope

Square Peg

Growing square trees?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 17,2011 - I watched a local TV news segment about how the University of British Columbia’s forestry department had created a system for injecting hormones into growing trees to produce a “square tree.”

The Straight Dope

Spray Plan

Is there gold in the sky?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 11,2011 - Aluminum oxide is being sprayed into the air to deflect the sun's energy and help prevent global warming

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Big Game

Bring down a T. rex with a gun?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Oct 3,2011 - Would I be able to take down a fully grown T. rex armed only with my Beretta 92FS 9mm pistol and a full clip? What about with a 12-gauge shotgun?

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Hollow Planet

Dig a hole, slow the days?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 26,2011 - I’m taking a physics course, and we discussed how objects with hollow cores revolve slower. So I was wondering: Exactly how much dirt would I have to dig out of the ground and...

The Straight Dope

Got Radiation?

How contaminated is milk?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 20,2011 - We keep hearing in the news about radiation levels in milk and whether they're high enough to be a concern.

The Straight Dope

The Typist 20

Electric typewriters, fat secretaries?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 12,2011 - I keep hearing about some study showing that a bunch of secretaries gained an average of 20 pounds when they switched from manual to electric typewriters back in the ’60s.

The Straight Dope

Smoked to Death

Is bacon as dangerous as cigarettes?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Sep 5,2011 - Nobody’s claiming bacon is health food, but compared to smoking cigarettes, the Class X felony of bad habits, surely eating some fried pig fat is on a par with jaywalking. However, we don’t want feelings, we want facts.

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Earth, Cubed

Fear of a square planet?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 29,2011 - If the Earth were a perfect cube, what would the gravitational effect be at the edges?
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