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The Straight Dope

Class Act

Does student count matter?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 15,2011 - Education experts had long conjectured that young kids learn better in small classes but lacked the research to prove it.

The Straight Dope

Sanitize Insanity

Does hand sanitizer really work?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 8,2011 - The hand sanitizer industry should feel free to post this above every dispenser, so that the public may be informed.

The Straight Dope

Cyclone Savvy

Is the basement really safest?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Aug 1,2011 - The safest place to be is in a reinforced concrete building, but if that’s not an option, a basement really is your best bet.

The Straight Dope

Deadly Down Under

Will Australia kill ya?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 25,2011 - I’ve often heard Australia contains more things that can kill you than anywhere else on the planet, often coupled with the proud assertion that our deadly wildlife is deadlier than everywhere else’s deadly wildlife.

The Straight Dope

Paper Paradox

Are we really using less paper?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 18,2011 - As of 2011, are we, as a nation, using significantly less paper than, say, 20 years ago? The obvious answer, to me, is yes, but then I think of all the reams of paper around offices and I wonder: Are we really using less paper and therefore saving the forests?

The Straight Dope

Nothing But Net

Jump into a firemens' net?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 11,2011 - If there was, what was the highest someone could leap from and be saved by a net being stretched between human hands?

The Straight Dope

Buying a Title

The Virtual Lord of Scotland?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 4,2011 - s it really possible to purchase a lord, laird or lady title online? As I understand it, some Websites allow anyone to buy a...

The Straight Dope

Papers of Death

Death by a thousand cuts

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 27,2011 - Lingchi was a punishment reserved for infamous crimes such as treason or parricide.

The Straight Dope

Soonsday

How to cope when it doesn't happen

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 21,2011 - For centuries, people have been proclaiming that the End of the World As We Know It is right around the corner. Are there any psychological studies of how these people cope when the date passes and the world doesn’t end?

The Straight Dope

World Power

Pure alternative energy?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 13,2011 - The first thing we learn is that, according to U.N. experts, world population is expected to reach around nine billion people by mid-century and then stabilize.
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