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The Straight Dope

Freeze Tactics

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Feb 10,2010 - Dude gets splashed with liquid helium, or blasted with cryogas, or breathed on by a white dragon, and he freezes solid into an immobile, frosty, astonished-looking block of man.

The Straight Dope

Fish Finale

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Feb 3,2010 - Your poor research and insistence on hyperbole rather than perspective does a terrible disservice to your readers. In many cases, your "facts" are in grave error...

The Straight Dope

Island Fare

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 27,2010 - Quick scenario: deserted island, colorful fruits and vegetation. How do I know what I should eat and what I should feed to my mother-in-law?

The Straight Dope

Gas or Mass?

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 20,2010 - Are electric trains and other forms of mass transit an energy loser compared to driving a car? What with energy-transmission costs and poor ridership...

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Cat Trap

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 13,2010 - Is it necessary for the fire department to rescue a cat that’s stuck in a tree? I mean, c’mon, they got up there. Can’t they get down on their own?

The Straight Dope

Plastic Rap

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jan 6,2010 - The restaurant around the corner from where I work has started using corn-based “compostable” plastic takeout containers.

The Straight Dope

Farewell, Fish

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 30,2009 - On the one hand, I want to eat farm-raised salmon because wild salmon is being depleted by overfishing...

The Straight Dope

Founding Farmers

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 16,2009 - I have heard Thomas Jefferson traded marijuana blends with George Washington and the other founding fathers. I find this hard to believe, but the rumor is ubiquitous. Can anyone verify it?

The Straight Dope

Truth Juice

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Dec 9,2009 - What’s the straight dope on truth serums? What are they? What exactly do they do? Do sodium pentothal and the like really make witnesses spill their guts?
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